The 19th Annual Rhone Rangers Wine Event will take place on June 10 - 11, 2016. It celebrates Rhone varietals produced in the US, the wineries that grow them, and those that love them.
The 2016 event features three types of activities. The first is the Winemaker Dinner and Auction on Friday night. On Saturday, you will find both a Seminar Series that starts in the morning and a Grand Wine Tasting in the afternoon. All events this year are at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio.
Before we get started with the event details, let me give you a little information about the Rhone varietals.
The word Rhone describes a wine growing region in the southeastern part of France. A total of twenty-two red and white varietals grow in this region.
The most notable reds include Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Other lesser known reds grown are Petite Sirah, Carignan and Cinsault.
Well known white wines from the Rhone region are Grenache Blanc and Viognier. Some of the other whites grown include Marsanne, Picpoul and Roussanne.
In France, winemakers only create blends with the grapes mentioned above. Historically, winemakers in the US did the same.
However, in recent years, winemakers started making single varietal wines from these Rhone grapes. These wines allow you to really get a feel for the flavors of the individual varietals.
The thing I love about Rhone wines is the variety. Some are light and spicy, while others are heavy with a lot of fruit flavors.
Of them all, my favorite is Grenache. I'm really starting to enjoy single varietal Mourvedre and Cinsault wines too.
Another trend is to create rose or blush wines from these grapes. These make for the perfect BBQ and/or summer wines.
Now that you know a little more about Rhone wines, let's dive into this year's Rhone Rangers Wine Event details.
On Friday, June 10 head over to the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio for the Winemaker Dinner and Auction.
This year's opening night event will feature several wineries. The evening begins with a walk around reception. You can sample all of the wines as well as learn more about them from the winemakers. It will also include a few passed appetizers.
The evening continues with a three-course seated meal catered by Girl & the Fig (one of my favorite Sonoma restaurants). The evening also includes a live auction with rare and unique items that you will only find at this auction.
This year, you will find one seminar before the Grand Tasting. The seminar starts at 11am and is at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio.
The seminar will be moderated by Sara Schneider, the Sunset wine editor. This year's panel will discuss the journey of Rhone wines.
After the seminar, your ticket will get you entry into the VIP tasting. This part of the event starts at 1:30pm. This is where you will get the chance to sample Rhone wines from more than 60 wineries.
You can also just enjoy the Grand Tasting for the Rhone Rangers wine event on Saturday afternoon.
There are two tickets. The standard ticket gets you access to sample the wines between 2:30pm to 5:30pm.
You can also buy the VIP ticket, where you will get in early for the tasting. All VIP ticket holders can enter at 1:30pm and stay until the tasting ends at 5:30pm.
You can purchase tickets to the individual events or a weekend pass. Click here for ticketing information and to pick yours up today!
There are a few options for you to stay close to the event. There is one lovely hotel in the Presidio that is not far from the event. You can also find some great options in the Marina District. It's only a short cab ride away from both Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square too.
Click the links above to find my recommendations in each district.
In addition to the Rhone Rangers wine event, you will find a number of fun things to do in San Francisco this time of year.
Street Fairs: Every Summer in SF, you will find a variety of street fairs. The most popular in June include the North Beach Festival, the Union Street Festival, and the Haight Street Fair. Click here for details on these and other street fairs every year in SF.
SF Theater: All year long you will find performances at theaters all around SF. Top Broadway shows include shows such as The Lion King, Wicked, and The Book of Mormon. You will also find several smaller performances each week. Click here to find a calendar of theater shows in SF in June.
Half-Priced Tickets: Before you buy tickets to any event or for a tour, check out the discounts available on Goldstar. They sell dozens of tickets at up to 50% off for popular events and activities. Click here to check out their current selection and to start saving today!
Concerts: San Francisco is also a fun place to see a concert. You will find popular bands playing at our largest venues such as the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and the Nob Hill Masonic Center. You will also find up and coming acts and smaller shows at places such as The Fillmore, the Warfield, and the Independent. Click here for this June's schedule of concerts.
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