RICHMOND, CA—Environment and setting is, of course, quite complementary to any exhibition: painting, sculpture and, yes, even in the culinary and wine worlds. If a brilliant painting is put down on the wrong substrate it becomes a lessor piece. Presented within an incompatible frame -- a work of art is certainly depreciated.
Bravo to those who selected the perfect setting for this year’s Rhone Rangers San Francisco Grand Tasting which was held on March 28, 2015. The Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, CA proved a terrific space to showcase a stellar group of wineries. The 525,000 sq ft historic building basks in natural light streaming in through a magnificent array of glass skylights. Though, at heart, an industrial structure, the 1931 marvel sits at the edge of the water with a commanding view of the Bay Bridge. No matter what your mood upon arrival, the salty sea breeze here will always render you unable to suppress the giddiness that comes with being in the presence of the region’s most prominent natural wonder.
Some Favorite California Wineries In Attendance—
I was absolutely in the right frame of mind to sample the various Rhone varietal grapes that were featured at the event.
The Reds: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Picpoul, and others.
The Whites: Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, and more.
So much delicious wine... It was a casual affair and there was plenty of time to chat and socialize with winemakers. Once I went through the list of participating wineries — I knew that I’d be in for a grand day of tasting...
The following fine producers were in attendance. I am quite familiar with the quality of their wines. They are all HIGHLY recommend:
Maggie Tillman of Alta Colina
Benjamin Silver of Silver Wines
Fess Parker Winery
Carl Bowker winemaker, Caliza
Legendary winemaker: Ken Volk
Larry Schaffer - Tercero Wines
Stacey Burkman from Clayhouse Wines
Kevin Archambeault of Derby Wine Estates
So much good wine -- alas, so little time... Below are additional California wineries I tasted at the event that are now on my watch list (and should be on yours' too!)—
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- Nov 2018
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