Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

French Rhone Rangers Come To Town

Who are the real Rhone Rangers, anyway? Representatives of dozens of Rhone Valley wineries rode into town recently with their sidekicks from Alsace. Are these French guys the real Rhone Rangers? Well, not exactly, since the real Rhone Rangers are guys and gals from the U.S. that want do what the French guys have been doing for hundreds of years - make great wine from fabulous Rhone grapes such as Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignane, and Grenache. The French guys are the original Rhone winemakers and they brought some pretty good stuff with them. I was especially pleased to see several of the "caves" or cooperatives present. I've had some wonderful wine from the Cave Rasteau and the Cave Gigondas in particular and as soon as they find distributors we hope to see these delicious values in the market.

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