Last week we had a great week of tasting! It started on Wednesday with the Rhone Rangers Tasting at the City Winery on the west side of Chicago's Loop. The event was a walk-around tasting with over 100 wines from more than 20 winery members of the Rhone Rangers. Participating wineries include: Beckmen, Bonny Doon, Broken Earth, Cornerstone Cellars, Cypher Winery, Domaine Berrien, Epiphany, Fess Parker Winery, , Kenneth Volk Vineyards, Law Estate Winery, Mercer Estates, Michael-David Winery, Mira Winery, Pomar Junction, Quivira, Qupe, Refugio Ranch, Ridge Vineyards, Stage Left Cellars, Tablas Creek, Villa Creek, Vina Robles, Zaca Mesa and more.
The hardest part of the event was finding parking; eventually we used the valet service and that worked out well. With so many wines to choose from, we knew we could not get to every producer, so we had to come up with a strategy. There were a couple of wineries I knew I didn't want to miss, like meeting Alex from Cornerstone Cellars and sipping Bonny Doon Vineyards. Beyond that, I hoped to search out any rosés available (I drink it year-round and it was a hot, sunny day, just perfect), along with some surprises.
Lots of good food, too many good wines, just a really good tasting overall. Standouts for me included the the 2009 Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Volant Réserve (en bonbonne), everything from Law Estate Wines - outstanding ultra-premium Rhone style wines, and, one of my favorite rosés ever, the Corallina Rosé from Cornerstone Cellars. Thanks Rhone Rangers, for visiting Chicago!
Disclaimer: Our tickets to this event were complimentary to the trade.
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