Raise those wineglasses: some folks are sure to have some stained teeth this weekend during the ~RHONE RANGERS~ events. Giddy up:
Saturday, March 17, 6:30-10:30 pm: Gala barbecue, tasting and live auction at the San Francisco Film Centre (the Presidio). Join Rhone Ranger winemakers for a kick-off feast, celebration and live auction. Eighteen winemakers will each host a table of ten and will pour their handcrafted Rhone style wines. A live auction with a unique, one-of-kind item donated by each winemaker will cap off the evening. And the food? It’s catered by Union Street Catering and includes platters of grilled lemon chicken sausages and herb-grilled tri-tip, salad, grilled vegetables, artisan breads, coffee and tea. The beautiful San Francisco Film Centre on the Presidio is the venue. $75 per person, $140 per couple. You can read more, or buy tickets.
March 18, 11:00 am-12 noon: Rhone varietal educational seminar in the Golden Gate Room at Fort Mason Center. Join six Rhone Ranger winemakers to taste and discuss "Boutique Syrahs" and "Rhone Rosés." Seating is limited to 120 participants. No seminar tickets will be sold the day of the event. Seminar attendees get admitted to the tasting beginning at 12 noon.
March 18, 1:30-4:00 pm: The Main Event! Sample Rhone varietals from over 120 Rhone Ranger member wineries and artisan food products from Bay Area producers. Festival Pavilion doors open to consumers at 1:30pm. A trade and media tasting takes place from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. A silent auction runs from 12:00 noon until 3:30. New this year: "Meet the Winemakers" special tasting area. Member winemakers will present 20-minute mini-tastings for small groups on topics like single vineyard Syrah and vintage variation. See the schedule available the day of the tasting. Click here for a list of participating wineries.
SF Grand Tasting
March 17-18, 2007
Fort Mason Box Office
Advance general admission: $45
Rhone Ranger members: $35
Day of event: $55
Seminar/Tasting package: $75