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Wine Wisdoms #40: The Rhone Rangers

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 at 4:29:45 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Rhone Rangers

“Rhône Ranger” is a term used to describe pioneer winemakers in California in the 1980s who introduced grape varieties from France’s Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Viognier and more) to the soils of the region. These grapes flourished, making some of the early “Rhône Rangers” famous for the idea. It now commands a large following with even a Rhône Rangers association of which dozens of California wineries are members.

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