Hospice du Rhone 2012: The Biggest Rhone Wine Event on Earth

Français : Grenache, grape variety

Français : Grenache, grape variety (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hospice du Rhone is the biggest Rhone Wine Event on Earth. The three-day wine event at the Paso Robles Event Center is “a palate provoking weekend embracing the enchantment, history and tastes of the twenty-two Rhône varieties.”

At this spectacular event, you can savor exceptional cuisine at the world’s largest celebration of the 22 international Rhône varieties. These varieties are:

Oak wine barrels stacked upon galet rocks in a...

Oak wine barrels stacked upon galet rocks in amidst a vineyard in the Southern Rhone Valley wine region of Chateauneuf-du-Pape in France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Bourboulenc: (Burr-buh-lanc) light bodied, delicate floral, citrus, peach, melon, earth
  • Camarese: (Cam-are-ess) firm, tannins, delicate aromatics, pepper, spice
  • Carignane Noir: (Care-ig-non No-our) tannic, solid acidity, good color, cherry, raspberry, pepper
  • Cinsault Noir: (Sahn-so No-our) elegant, soft & lightly aromatic, strawberry, raspberry, smoke, earth
  • Clairette Blanc: (Claret Blan) big bodied, floral, aromatic, honeysuckle, tropical flowers, tropical fruits
  • Clairette Rose: (Clare-et Rose) light aromatics, fruit notes, soft strawberry, cherry, rose petal
  • Counoise Noir: (Coon-wahz No-our) lively acidity, spice, richness, raspberry, cherry, cranberry
  • Grenache Blanc: (Gra-nash blan) big bodied, soft, delicate peach, melon, pear
  • Grenache Gris: (Gra-Nash Gree) full-bodied, light in color, delicate strawberry, cherry, rose petal
  • Grenache Noir: (Gra-Nash o-our) big bodied, supple, & rich strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, black pepper
  • Marsanne: (Mar-san) broad palate, soft & rich, peach, nectarine, stone fruits, tuberose, sweet nuts
  • Mourvèdre: (More-ved) tannic, deeply colored, aromatic, black currant, dark cherries, leather, smoke, earth
  • Muscardin: (Mus-car-dan) floral, aromatic, firmly structured, rose petal, barnyard, earth
  • Muscat a Petits Grains: (Mus-cat ah Pet-eet Grahn) aromatic, floral, musk, honey, honeysuckle, lily, stone fruit
  • Picpoul Blanc: (Peek-pool Blan) floral, soft, aromatic, pear, earth, lily, daisy, wildflowers
  • Picpoul Noir: (Peek-pool No-our) floral, elegant, aromatic, rose, violet, dark cherry
  • Roussanne: (Roo-sahn) firmly structured, powerful, very rich, apricot, honey, almond, nutmeg, honeysuckle, iris
  • Syrah/Shiraz: (C-rah)/(She-raz) highly colored, firmly structured and aromatic, plum, raspberry, blueberry, blackcurrant, violet, roasted meats, smoke, chocolate, pepper, anise
  • Terret Noir: (Tare-it No-our) delicate, perfumed, bright acidity, rose petal, lavender, dark berries, spice
  • Ugni Blanc: (Ewn-yee Blan) delicate fruit, good acidity, pear, honey-dew melon, earth
  • Vaccarese: (Vac-car-ess) aromatic, firmly tannic, floral, pepper, spice, earth, smoke
  • Viognier: (Vee-ohn-yea) big bodied, very aromatic, complex apricot, musk, peaches, grapefruit, lychee, papaya, mango, tropical flowers
Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Photo credit: http2007)

The Rhône wine region in Southern France is situated in the Rhône river valley.  The region’s major appellation in production volume is Côtes du Rhône AOC.

Rhone Valley

Rhone Valley (Photo credit: Rob Alter)

Rhône varieties producers and wine enthusiasts from across the globe will gather for an incredible wine experience in Paso Robles California. The 2012 event marks the 20th celebration of Hospice du Rhône.

French wine from the Rhone valley wine region ...

French wine from the Rhone valley wine region of Cotes du Rhone Village-Valreas. The wine label also says Mis en Bouteille au clos which means that it was bottled by the recoltant (co-operative) instead of estate bottled. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: This annual Spring event in Paso Robles, California is scheduled for April 26-28, 2012.

Barells of Paso Robles Wine Services

Barells of Paso Robles Wine Services (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Get your  Weekend Pass or buy a ticket to the Saturday Grand Tasting. Event Passes will be available for pick-up beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, April 27, 2012 at the Paso Robles Event Center.

Yann Chave Crozes Hermitage Red Rhone Wine

Yann Chave Crozes Hermitage Red Rhone Wine (Photo credit: corak76)

Contact the Hospice du Rhône office at 805.784.9543 or email at hdrinfo@hospicedurhone.org for more information.

Further Event Information: Event Schedule and Descriptions | Seminar Descriptions | Food Fare

Vineyards in the French wine region of the Rho...

Vineyards in the French wine region of the Rhone Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some of the events are already sold out. Here’s a list of the events and ticket prices:

Banner of Commanderie of the Coasts of the Rho...

Banner of Commanderie of the Coasts of the Rhone Français : Bannière de la Commanderie des Côtes du Rhône (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

SOLD OUT

Seminar: Conversations with Châteauneuf du Pape

$275.00
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom – not included with the Weekend Package
SOLD OUT

Dinner: Conversations with Châteauneuf du Pape

$150.00
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at Bistro Laurent Downtown Paso Robles – not included with the Weekend Package
SOLD OUT

Seminar and Dinner Package for Châteauneuf du Pape Events

$395.00
Date: Seminar at 5:00 p.m. at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. at Bistro Laurent. not included with the Weekend Package

Weekend Packages

Qty. Name Price Total

Weekend Package

$795.00
Weekend Package Includes access to all events and seminars with the exception of the Thursday activities. This is the perfect way to Rhône all weekend long.

HdR à la carte Services

Qty. Name Price Total

Seminar One: Why Spain (continues to) Rock!

$155.00
Date: Friday, April 27, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Seminar Two: The Return of the Bionic Frog

$155.00
Date: Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Christophe Baron of Cayuse will take us through his wines of Walla Walla, Washington.

Rosé Lunch

$100.00
Date: Friday, April 27, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. Rosé wines from attending producers and a meal created by the girl & the fig of Sonoma, California.

BIG Rhône Rendezvous

$125.00
Date: Friday, April 27, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m Producers from all corners of the globe pouring from large format bottles and food created by the chefs at Blackberry Farm! An evening to Rhône

Seminar Three: A Collective Quest

$155.00
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Pierre Gaillard, Yves Cuilleron and Francois Villard take the stage to share their wines of Les Vins de Vienne.

Seminar Four: Research, Revelations and the Art of Being Different

$155.00
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Chester Osborn of d’Arenberg, Australia will take the guests on an in depth tasting and discussion of his wines and research.

Lunch and Live  Auction

$100.00
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. Raise your fork and your glass to rare auction lots while enjoying lunch prepared by the Far Western Tavern of Guadalupe, California.

Grand Tasting

$100.00
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Trade and media only – (credentials required at Event Check-In) 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Grand Tasting Rhône producers line the Tasting Pavilion to share wines from throughout the world.

Farewell BBQ

$100.00
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Close out 20 years in HdR fashion with dancing, gambling and more all while delighting in a BBQ prepared by The Neon Carrot.
 Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com
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