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2020 Seminar Series


Many minds and bottles of wine go into our seminars to keep them on the forefront of Rhône thinking.  Each presents a focused educational opportunity led by producers and moderators striving to broaden knowledge of international Rhône wine, and offer memorable tasting experiences.

Get a seat at all four seminars with a Weekend Pass, or purchase them individually - act quick, tickets sell out fast!
 

Seminar One | to be announced
Friday, April 24, 2020 | 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Don't worry, we always start things off with a bang.  

Seminar Two | Horsepower Vineyards: Leave No Stone Unturned
Friday, April 24, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

In 1997, vigneron Christophe Baron launched Cayuse Vineyards by planting the first vineyard in the stones of the ancient Walla Walla River bed. In 2011, Christophe created Horsepower Vineyards, focusing on high density vineyards cultivated by draft horses. Currently, Horsepower Vineyards creates five wines with a production of 2,300 cases. Moderator Jeb Dunnuck will explore the terroir and wines from this truly one-of-a-kind estate.

Producer:
Christophe Baron, Horsepower Vineyards & Cayuse Vineyards

Moderator:
Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

Seminar Three | Ventoux, red hot cause it's cool
Saturday, April 25, 2020 | 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

The Ventoux AOC region in the Southern Rhone has been in the spotlight lately: its cooler climate, making a fresher style of wines, has made this area particularly well prepared against climate change. High-altitude enclaves yielding bright mountain fruit is attracting winemaking talent from very diverse backgrounds to uncover a patchwork of exciting micro-terroirs in the valley, while inspiring new generations of local growers to rediscover their potential and go for gold. Five of the benchmark estates of the Appellation will be presenting their wines to showcase some of the quality and diversity of this remarkable region whose star is rising.

Producers: 
Château Pesquié 
Château Juvenal
Chêne Bleu
Domaine de Fondrèche
Saint Jean du Barroux

 Moderator:
Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

Seminar Four | The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater, Oregon
Saturday, April 25, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

The basalt cobblestone gravels of The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA form one of the most distinctive viticultural regions of the United States, that is also truly noteworthy for Rhone varieties. The Rocks District seminar will dig into the wines of one of the world's great Rhone regions, its unique growing conditions, hallmark producers, and evolving farming practices.

Producers:
Todd Alexander, Force Majeure, Milton-Freewater, OR and The Walls Vineyard, Walla Walla, WA
Billo Naravane MW, Rasa Vineyards, Walla Walla, WA
Steve Robertson, Delmas, Walla Walla, WA

Moderator:
Elaine Chukan Brown, wakawakawinereviews.com