Mark your calendar for the 20th celebration of the Hospice du Rhône wine event taking place April 26-28, 2012 at the Paso Robles Event Center.
This is an exclusive weekend surrounding all things Rhône. A palate provoking weekend embracing the enchantment, history and tastes of the Twenty-two Rhône varieties. This event draws Rhone Producers from all over the United States and the World. For a list of producers attending go here http://www.hospicedurhone.org/the-event/producers.php “Throughout the weekend, tip your glass with worldly Rhône wine producers, journey through the largest international collection of Rhône variety wines and savor Rhône exceptional cuisine all while taking in the inspiring and spirited Rhône community.”
If you would like more information on the entire weekend of festivities and to purchase event passes visit their website http://www.hospicedurhone.org/index.php. This is an extremely popular event so if you plan to attend do it now. Many events are already sold out.
At present Villa Cantina is still available for that weekend. If you are interested in renting click on the VRBO link at the right of this posting.
One of our favorite wineries in Paso is Edward Sellers.
Ed Sellers had never even heard of Paso Robles until eight years ago when he came up from Orange County to visit an old college roommate.
Six months later he and his wife Dani bought the undeveloped property across from Summerwood Winery. For a couple years they operated their tasting room in downtown Paso Robles until they built their present tasting room on the estate. The property on Hwy. 46 includes 30 acres, 20 of which he started planting with Rhone varietals in 2005. With a focus on the Chateauneuf-du-Pape style wines from the Rhone Valley of France, Sellers buys grapes from a half a dozen Westside growers to supplement his own vineyard’s fruit, and will make about 4,000 cases this year. Sellers now has a new winemaker Jeremy Weintraub who comes to Paso from Napa Valley, where he made wine for Seavey Vineyards for four years. Before that he worked for Shadow Canyon for three years, so he knows the people, growing conditions and varietals well. Ed and Jeremy both agree that they “want well-balanced, food friendly wines that have good acidity to stand up to the fat in food, and the richness in food, but don’t become the food.”
By the way that old roommate that Ed Sellers came to meet on that all important visit is John Carson. His wife Kendall is the tasting room manager and she and her team run one of the friendliest and informative wine tasting rooms in the area.
photo via Edward Sellers website