Rare Varietals Tasting Rhone Rangers – James Melendez

The following wines were poured for this session:

  • Tablas Creek Picpoul Blanc 2010
  • Two Shepherds Grenache Blanc 2010
  • Holly’s Hill Counoise 2010
  • Clos Saron Cinsault Blend 2010
  • Ridge Carignane 2009
  • Lagier Meredith Mondeause Noire 2009

These wines gave a great snap shot of not just rare Rhone varietals but of all Rhone varietals all together coming from the US.  I asked a question of the panel and received 3 out of 5 panelist responses (and Carole Meredith responded earlier on her and her husbands reason for growing Mondeuse): why do you do what you do (why do you grow and produce rare Rhone varietals)?

And I got a uniform and I am summarizing–the reason is the love for the grape and, in some examples, is what would these varietals do on their own.  And to highlight a lesser known but still noble grape.  A great seminar.



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I love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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