Hi Ho Rhone Rangers, Away!

If you know about Rhone Rangers, if you like Rhone varietal wines, and if you particularly happen to like Ridge Vineyards Rhone Varietal wines, then you should just click here; that’ll sort you all the way out.

Otherwise, let me cut right to the heart of the matter, and allow you to dig this menu:

Passed Hors d’Oeuvres

Teleme and Porcini Arancini

Yukon Gold Potatoes with Feta & Green Onions

Polenta with Braised Lamb & Gremolata


Spring Salad

Fig & Arugula Salad with Toasted Pecans, Laura Chenel Chevre, Pancetta (optional), finished with Fig & Port Vinaigrette



Crispy Duck Confit, Savoy Cabbage, Pearl Onions, Fingerling Potatoes

Finished with Blood Orange & Anise Gastrique



Meyer Lemon Cheesecake with Citrus Creme Anglaise



My, my, my, there are SO many good words up there! Starting with Teleme (do you know about this cheese? if not, remind me to clue you in!) and Porcini. Me, I was pretty much sold at that point. Interested? It gets better. Do you know where this is going to be served? Ever heard of Dogpatch Studios?


Yeah, that’ll do.

So what’s this all about then? Why, Rhone Rangers 15th Annual San Francisco Tasting, of course! There are a whole slew of events associated with this amazing tasting opportunity, and they’re all in orbit around the gravitational pull of THE GRAND TASTING!

San Francisco Grand Tasting

Sunday, March 27, 2011 2:00 – 5:00 PM. 15th ANNUAL RHONE RANGERS GRAND TASTING. The weekend culminates with the Grand Tasting, where over 2,000 people are expected to come taste over 500 wines from more than 100 Rhone Rangers wineries. For a list of participating wineries, click here. Sample gourmet foods from 25 or more specialty food purveyors, including cheese, bread, olive oil, charcuterie, fruits and other sweets and chocolates.  A silent auction will feature Rhone Rangers wines and wine-related items; proceeds from the auction will benefit the Rhone Rangers Scholarship Fund. This event takes place at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion.  Come out for a great afternoon of wine, food and fun. BUY TICKETS: $45/EACH 

Here at Ridge, we are particularly excited about the Winemaker’s Dinner; that’s when the menu from above will be served, and it’s at this event that a VERY SPECIAL RIDGE ITEM will be auctioned off! Helping out with the auction? Our very own David Gates, Vice President of Vineyard Operations (and a VP on the Rhone Rangers Board of Directors)!

And here is what Ridge is offering; all YOU need to remember is LOT #15!

Lot #15 —North or South, Ridge Vineyards Hosts Your Group of Eight for A Traditional Rhone Style Lamb Lunch

Dawn Wofford (of  Benchmark Consulting), started this whole ball rolling, by donating from her other business, Lamb Valley Direct.  David Gates, VP of Vineyard Operations at Ridge, picked up the pace from there, by offering to host eight guests at either of Ridge’s vineyard sites: Monte Bello or Lytton Springs, for a lamb lunch paired with an assortment of Ridge’s gorgeous Rhone wines.  This will be a lunch to remember, with two wine industry icons/friends of the Rhone Rangers—one who could help you find work, the other who might just put you to work pruning some vines!  Estimate: priceless.


Well, if you’re not already in line, huddled in the rain under tarps, umbrellas, and sleeping bags, drinking brandy and coffee from a thermos, holding a weathered sign that says “Rhone Rangers or Bust”, singing folks songs with some guy named Edward who thinks he may be a bodhisattva, who really digs that your guitar has a “This Machine Drinks Wine” bumper sticker on it, then I just don’t know what else to entice you with. Perhaps your heart is two sizes two small?

If that’s the case, then I make this promise to you, if you attend this event, your heart will grow THREE SIZES THAT DAY!

Categories: Events, Food & Wine Pairing, Lytton Springs, Monte Bello, Offerings, Rhone varietals, Tasting Flights, Varietals & Blends

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