2012 Hospice du Rhône Seminar Series

Reflecting upon the past 20 years, it is only fitting that the 2012 Seminar Series highlight Rhône producers who have taken the stage before. Delve into this landmark year with seminar presenters from Australia, France, Spain and Washington State.

Attend all four seminars in the series by purchasing the Weekend Package or take in individual seminars to expand your Rhône knowledge. The cost of the individual seminar passes will be $155 per seminar. Passes are subject to sell-out quickly and are based on a first-come, first served basis.

Seminar One: Why Spain (continues to) Rock!

Date: Friday, April 27, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Presenters: European Cellars | Eric Solomon Selection Portfolio Producers (Producers TBA in the coming days.) 
Cost: A Weekend Package or Individual Seminar Pass must be purchased in advance.
Exciting viticultural and winemaking practices have been taking place in the Priorat and beyond. European Cellars | Eric Solomon Selection will bring some returning and new producers from their portfolio to feature in this seminar. Take a look (and taste) at why Spain continues to ROCK! The panel will star Rhône variety  practitioners from Spain.

Seminar Two: The Return of the Bionic Frog

Date: Friday, April 27, 2012
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Presenter: Christophe Baron of Cayuse, Walla Walla, Washington
Cost: A Weekend Package or Individual Seminar Pass must be purchased in advance.
Christophe Baron from Cayuse Vineyards in Walla Walla, Washington will update you on his efforts since his first appearance on the Hospice du Rhône scene in 2000. Since 1997, Cayuse Vineyards has been farmed organically. In 2002, Cayuse became the first domaine in the Walla Walla Valley to implement biodynamic farming—a chemical-free approach designed to produce healthier soil and produce. Cayuse focuses its efforts in the vineyards with the goal to create food-friendly wines that express unique individuality, personality and character. Cayuse wines are created with minimal intervention, to protect the minerality, other aromas and flavors the vineyards give to the wines. The wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Seminar Three: A Collective Quest

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Presenters: Yves Cuilleron, François Villard and Pierre Gaillard of Les Vins de Vienne, Chavanay, France
Cost: A Weekend Package or Individual Seminar Pass must be purchased in advance.
Three vintners, three approaches to winemaking and growing. Les Vins de Vienne have succeeded in producing an alchemy that combines three sensibilities into a high-performance team spirit. This collective commitment to the production of quality wines is brought about by each individual experience. The wines and philosophies of these three long time amigos of Hospice du Rhône will be explored.

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

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Presenter: Chester Osborn of d’Arenberg, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Cost: A Weekend Package or Individual Seminar Pass must be purchased in advance.
Numerous studies, both geologic and sub-regional have taken place since Chester’s last presentation in 1999. The ever dynamic Chester Osborn of d'Arenberg will be detailing these studies and will explain and show you how this information has impacted his viticulture and winemaking practices.