The Rhone Valley

When: Thursday, January 31
Time: 6:00 pm TO 7:30 pm
Where: Milwaukee

LOCATION: Bacchus Restaurant, 925 E. Wells St.

COST: $30 per person per tasting

REGISTRATION: Please call 414-765-1166 or email Credit card required at time of registration. On the night of the tasting, please check in at the restaurant front desk to confirm your attendance.



From the west of France and the wines of Bordeaux—the first region in our Red Blend Series—we travel across France to the east, to the red blend wines of the Rhone Valley.

The Rhone is one of the classic French wine regions. It starts in central France, just south of Lyon, and stretches almost to the Mediterranean Sea. The region cultivates a vast variety of grapes from many famous appellations along the Rhone River. From appellations like Cornas, Cote Rotie, and Hermitage in the Northern Rhône—which blends their primary red grape, Syrah, with white grapes Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier—to appellations like Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, and Vacqueyras in the Southern Rhone—which makes red blends from Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Carignan, Counoise, and many other grapes. There simply isn’t a better example of a red wine blending region than the Rhone Valley.

Because of the number of grapes cultivated in the region, and because of its number of classic appellations, our tour of Rhone Valley Red Blends will be a dizzying, phantasmagorical, blow out of a tasting! The tasting won’t just show you classic styles of Rhone Valley red blends. And it won’t just show you great bottles of Rhone Valley red blends from great estates. It will alter your consciousness and understanding of all red wine blends.

Wines to be tasted:

2011 Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie “Ampodium” $89.99

2014 Ettiene Becheras Saint Joseph $34.99

2014 Clape Cornas “Cuvee Renissance” $89.99

2017 Yves Cuilleron Viognier $29.99

2016 Usseglio Lirac $34.99

2016 Sang des Cailloux Vacqueyras Cuvee Floureto $39.99

2015 Coudoulet de Beaucastel $24.99

2012 Terre d’Ombre Bandol $19.99

2015 Mas de la Dame Provence Rouge $16.99

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