Of Ancient Vines and Rhone Varietals – #winechat with Cline Cellars

We love @clinecellars so much, we’ll be featuring Cline and Jacuzzi wines in our upcoming Wine Club in July! Cheers to Fred Cline and winemaker Larry Holdman! #winechat #wineclub #winetasting #winestyles

Talk-A-Vino

ClineCellars Corks Think California wines, think California grapes – what is the first grape which comes to mind? I would guess that Cabernet Sauvignon would be the first. Zinfandel, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay will trail near by (not in this exact order, of course). Are those the best grapes making the best California wines? Yes, before you beat me up, “best wine” is highly subjective, so let’s not drill on that. But – what else is there in California? Ever heard of Rhone Rangers? In the 1980s, a group of California winemakers made a significant effort to popularize Rhone varietals – Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Roussanne, Marsanne and many others. While this group of winemakers didn’t have any set structure,  they became collectively known as Rhone Rangers . As the result of the work of this group, Syrah and Grenache became prominent players on the California wine landscape, with the other traditional Rhone…

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