Wines from dinner at Hospice du Rhone2011

Hospice du Rhône to Celebrate 20 Years in 2012!

Wines from dinner at Hospice du Rhone2011
It’s a wine event for Lovers of Rhône wines! This year Hospice du Rhône will mark two decades of celebrating everything Rhône at an annual Spring event in Paso Robles, California, scheduled for April 26-28, 2012. The world’s largest celebration of the twenty-two international Rhône varieties, the weekend showcases the regions from which these wines and producers hail — France, South Africa, Australia, Chile, Spain, Washington State, Oregon, Arizona, California and beyond! Event participants will be immersed in fabulous Rhône wines like our beloved Syrah, Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache, Picpoul Blanc and Cinsaut, to name a few.

Hospice du Rhone celebrates 20 yearsFounded in 1991, the event hosts over 1,200 Rhône lovers. The group is a mix of Rhône producers and importers, wine industry representatives, restaurateurs, Sommeliers and enthusiasts who are passionate about the 22 Rhône varieties. Last year was our first experience at HdR, and this year we will return with our good friend Thea, the Wine Brat and Luscious Lush, again in tow. We’re also looking forward to enjoying more of the fabulous food, from the meals to the daily tastings, as our palates have once again been promised a culinary adventure.

Hospice du Rhône plates will be filled with the likes of Duck Confit, Ceviche Shooters, Smokey Sanoran Mac and Cheese, Marsanne Brined Southern Fried Chicken, Chocolate Chimichangas, Fruit Tarts, Salumi and many more delicious eats. Adding to the food fare, the Saturday Grand Tasting will boast Specialty Food Purveyors who will be dishing up tastes of cheeses, cured meats, olive oils and more.

Cuisine will include that from the girl & the fig of Sonoma, California at the Rosé Lunch, the Far Western Tavern of Guadalupe, California for the Saturday Lunch and Live Auction, The Neon Carrot of San Luis Obispo, California at the Saturday Farewell BBQ, and Blackberry Farm of Walland, Tennessee at the BIG Rhône Rendezvous.

Guests will delve into this milestone year with seminar presenters from Australia, France, Spain and Washington State. Taking the trek to the 20th celebration will be Chester Osborn of d’Arenberg, South Australia, Christophe Baron of Cayuse from Walla Walla, Washington, François Villard, Yves Cuilleron and Pierre Gaillard of Les Vins de Vienne of Chavanay, France along with four Rhône producers from Spain who are represented in the United States by European Cellars | Eric Solomon Selections. The Seminar Series features two seminars on both Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, 2012. Full seminar descriptions are noted on the organizations website,

Guests can purchase a limited number of passes to individual seminars for $155 each, or a weekend pass for $750.

2012 Hospice du Rhône Seminar Series includes the following educational tasting seminars:

Seminar One: Why Spain (Continues) to ROCK! – European Cellars | Eric Solomon Selections

Seminar Two: The Return of the Bionic Frog – Christophe Baron of Cayuse, Walla Walla Washington

Seminar Three: A Collective Quest – François Villard, Yves Cuilleron and Pierre Gaillard of Les Vins de Vienne of Chavanay, France

Seminar Four: Research, Revelations and the Art of Being Different – Chester Osborn, d’Arenberg, South Australia

The Weekend Package includes access to all things Rhône on Friday and Saturday of the event weekend. The package includes the four seminars, two tastings and daily meals including a hardy Garden Breakfast provided by Trumpet Vine Catering. Outlined below is the Weekend Package Schedule of events.

Friday, April 27, 2012
8:00 a.m.  9:00 a.m Check-In and Garden Breakfast provided by Trumpet Vine Catering
9:00 a.m.  10:15 a.m. – Seminar One: Why Spain (continues to) Rock!
10:30 a.m.  11:45 a.m.  Seminar Two: The Return of the Bionic Frog
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Rosé Lunch with dishes created by Chef John Toulze of the girl & the fig
4:00 p.m.  7:00 p.m.  BIG Rhône Rendezvous featuring BIG bottles and the cuisine of Blackberry Farm

Saturday, April 28, 2012 
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  Check-In and Garden Breakfast provided by Trumpet Vine Catering
9:00 a.m.  10:15 a.m.  Seminar Three: A Collective Quest
10:30 a.m.  11:45 p.m.  Seminar Four: Research, Revelations and the Art of Being Different
12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Lunch and Live Auction with Chef Rick Manson of the Far West Tavern
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Grand Tasting Trade and Media Only Hour – credentials required
4:00 p.m.  7:00 p.m.  Grand Tasting
7:30 p.m.  10:30 p.m.  Farewell BBQ featuring Chef Maegen Loring of The Neon Carrot.

One especially exciting event is the Lunch and Live Auction. Joe forbade me from bidding last year, but since we’ll be celebrating my Fabulous Fiftieth Birthday this year, perhaps he will make an exception. Check out a piece of video from last year’s Live Auction (below). The whooping in the background is Thea. Forgive the quality, since I had just purchased the camera a couple days before we left for the event.

Hospice du Rhône® (HdR), located on the Central Coast of California, operates as a non-profit business league with the specific purpose of improving the business conditions of the grape growers and wine producers of Rhône variety wines and grapes throughout the world. It serves as an international vintners association, providing promotional and educational opportunities through its annual wine event in Paso Robles, California USA. Proceeds from this wine event are used to carry out programs that benefit Rhône producers worldwide. Hospice du Rhône is not affiliated with any other charitable organization.

For more information or to purchase tickets to Hospice du Rhône, visit the Hospice du Rhône website here.

Here’s just one of the fun and exciting events at this annual Rhone celebration:


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