The 2016 Hospice du Rhône event schedule has been released, and it’s going to be another epic one! This annual gathering of producers and aficionados of the many delicious Rhône grapes begins on Friday, April 15th, in Paso Robles CA.
This year there are some new events to add to the grand tastings. The seminar series this year is sure to be a knock out. Discovering the Intricacies of Châteauneuf du Pape, to an in depth look at Washington State Rhônes, guests will be treated to a wine education second to none.
Prefer to deep dive in to the whites? Check out Costières de Nîmes – A Southern Rhône Exception for Whites. Prefer to stay close to home? A Tale of Two Treasures: Paso Robles and Santa Barbara will take you through the various AVAs that specialize in Syrah and Grenache, visiting four produces and digging in to the soils.
Hospice du Rhône has become somewhat famous for it’s lunches, and this year, of course, includes the Rose Lunch, a fan favorite. Sit back, relax, and drink pink from the attending producers. It’s often quite warm this time of year, so a bit of chilled rose is the perfect refreshment before the afternoon seminars resume.
Ever been to a cowboy auction with wine? Well you’ll love the Lunch and Live Auction on Saturday, April 16th. This spirited affair will get everyone in the mood as rare lots are offered up in support of the 2018 HdR event.
The Farewell BBQ on Saturday night is always a bittersweet affair. This year, the Hitching Post II is manning the pit, and the casino is open!
Of course, interspersed in all of this fun are the Tastings. Sip wines from the 130+ producers of the 22 Rhône varietals in these interactive walk around tastings.
Have a hankering for an intimate dinner? This year, the Rhône-Around Dinner Series takes guests to Paso Robles best dining hot spots, each with a different theme. Saturday, you have 3 epic dinners to choose from:
CdP on Assignment, Rhône Valley Relocated, and the Rhône Exchange.
With such a selection to choose from, it will be difficult to manage which events to choose! I can’t wait to make a return appearance, see some old friends, and make some new ones next month.
Tickets are available for each dinner, from $100-150. Event tickets are available for the Opening & Closing Tastings, a la carte, or a full weekend pass, as well as the lunches and farewell BBQ. But buy them early, this is sure to be a sell out!