August 14, 2010 · 6:30 PM
Announcing a fabulous Rhone Valley wine tasting bacchanalian, Saturday August 14, Chez Paolo, in beautiful downtown Long Beach. That’s the theme folks. Anything from the Northern or Southern Rhone is fair game. That, for those who may not know, spans a wide gamut of wines and grape varietals. Some of the appellations from the northern Rhone include Croze-Hermitage, Hermitage, Saint Joseph and Cornas (to name a few). Southern Rhone appellations include Vacqueyras, Chateauneuf de Pape, Gigondas, and Lirac. There are also delicious sweet wines produced such as Muscat de Beaumes de Venise and Beaumes de Venise. Typically northern Rhone red wines are Syrah based, whereas southern Rhone wines are more often than not a blend of several varietals. Let’s not forget the delectable white wines produced in the region. The main varietals here are Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne but there is a a looooong list of other grapes used in blends as well.
So…go to your local wine store (Trader Joe’s does NOT qualify) and pick out something GOOD. Decent wines from this region normally start at about $15 a bottle, but we’re planning on tasting some of the better wines, right ! Please bring you own wine glass if possible. We’ll ask you to bring something delicious to eat. Since we’re planning on tasting some great wines, please bring something that you feel pairs well with the vino you’re bringing. If you’re unsure Google it ! Typically anything BBQ’d goes super well with these wines as do stronger cheeses (parmigiano, pecorino and some blue cheeses pair well also…hummus does NOT ). For those who may need to do some last minute cooking or prepping, we’ll have a fully stocked kitchen and BBQ at our disposal.
For this occasion, our host Paolo will be opening a few bottles of 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (culled from his wine cellar) as well as some delectable dessert wines. With your contribution, it promises to be a memorable wine event.
This gathering is limited to 30 wine enthusiasts. The address and driving directions will be sent out to the attendees who RSVP "YES" 3 days before the event. No "Maybe" for this event