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.
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.
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.
Domaine de Fondrèche
Saint Jean du Barroux
Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com
Seminar Four | Syrah to Rock the World: The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater
Saturday, April 25, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
The basalt stones of The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater in the Walla Walla Valley form one of the most distinctive viticultural regions in the world. It has quickly become a pre-eminent growing area for Rhone varieties. This engaging session will dig into Syrah of The Rocks District and consider the question of site versus style, while looking at the region's unique growing conditions, hallmark producers, and evolving farming practices.
Todd Alexander, Winemaker/Partner, Force Majeure, Milton-Freewater, OR and Consulting Winemaker, The Walls Vineyard, Walla Walla, WA
Billo Naravane MW, Rasa Vineyards, Walla Walla, WA
Steve Robertson, Delmas, Walla Walla, WA
Rôtie Cellars, Walla Walla, WA
Valdemar Estates, Walla Walla, WA
Elaine Chukan Brown, wakawakawinereviews.com