Through Our Wineglasses

Rhone Rangers Varietal Nights


My husband and I got an email from Brecon Estate Winery, were we have been club members since they opened their doors.  The email was about an event with the Rhone Rangers and the event was Hot Tuesdays featuring Mourvedre night.

I thought it would be a fun date night, and since we wine taste every Sunday with our friends and writers of this blog, I thought it would be a great adventure to see what each winery does with their Mourvedre, which is a native Spanish grape.

We were shocked at how many people showed up, probably close to 300!  There were over 17 wineries being represented and upon entering we got a list of the wineries and a place to take notes.  My husband and I did a grading system of 1-10, 10 being the best.  Some of the wineries that were pouring were (to name a few) Anglim, Burbank Ranch, Cass, Law, Thacher, Minassian-Young, Venteux, SummerWood, Tables Creek, Pipestone, Sculpterra and of course Brecon.  It was great to visit with the owners that were pouring their wine and talk to them about this Spanish Grape.

Pipestone, I believe, were the only ones pouring a French style Organic Mourvedre.  Some wineries like SummerWood, J. Lohr, and Thacher added a little Syrah or Grenache to their Mouvedre which made it a nice blend.  Minassian-Young’s Mouvedre was unfiltered and unbinded, which was a term I hadn’t heard of before, but I think it has to do with the sulfur, and they did a great job explaining it, but I didn’t do a good job retaining it.

So, on to which ones, in our minds, won the night.   Drum roll….
Of course, I have to start out to say that my husband and I are polar opposites in our personalities, so I don’t find it ironic that our little taste-buds would be the same, which they are.  So many wineries that scored a 0 in “my opinion” (and yes, some did) scored way higher for my husband.  BUT!  There were a few that we actually scored almost the same between the two of us and of these, I would like to share.

Brecon: We both liked this wine, but then again, that is why we are club members!  Good nose and darker in flavor.
Minassian-Young: Smooth, a peppery ending, tasted great with food, had a fruity nose.
Cass: Really light in color (almost like a Pinot Noir) Vanilla nose, SO smooth! Dry ending with an oak flavor.  This one really caught our eye, and taste-buds!  After we tasted all the wineries (which we did dump a lot too) we wanted to go back and try Cass again, as they got the highest score from both of us, they had run out of wine and left.  But we are also club members there as well, so free tasting any time for us!

The appetizers that Brecon served were fantastic!  Cheese plates with nuts and fruit, Caramelized Onion and Portobello Mushroom Sliders and some sort of yummy little empanadas.

Overall, the event was a hit for my husband and I, we signed up for the Rhone Rangers and will hopefully go to the next event.  It was such a great experience to mingle with friends that we saw there and talk to the wine makers and owners and just rejoice over the fruit of this great area that we live in.

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