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Rhone Varieties

RHÔNE VARIETALS AROUND THE WORLD: CHALLENGES IN THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW VARIETIES Windows Media Player QuickTime
Remington Norman, author of 'Rhone Renaissance: The Finest Rhone and Rhone Style Wines from France and the New World’ describes the burgeoning interest in Rhône varietals and aspects surrounding their likely worldwide spread; also discussion of general problems involved in introducing new varieties, achieving wine quality, site specificity, and dealing with market perceptions and stylistic considerations.


RHÔNE VARIETALS AND CLONES: COMING SOON TO A LOCATION NEAR YOU Windows Media Player QuickTime
Dr. Deborah Golino, director of Foundation Plant Services, UC Davis, talks about the availability of Rhône varieties in the United States and a new project—a joint venture between Tablas Creek and FPS to import additional Rhone varieties.


THE CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE VARIETIES AT CHÂTEAU DE BEAUCASTEL Windows Media Player QuickTime
François Perrin has a unique background in this area, as a Perrin family member and a partner in the Tablas Creek project in California. The Perrin family is in its fifth generation of ownership at Château de Beaucastel, widely recognized as one of Châteauneuf-du-Pape's finest domaines. He talks about the performance of the 13 Châteauneuf-du-Pape varieties at Château de Beaucastel.


OBSERVATIONS FROM TRIALS OF SELECTED RHÔNE WINEGRAPE CULTIVARS AND CLONES IN CALIFORNIA Windows Media Player QuickTime
Glenn McGourty, UC grape farm advisor for Lake and Mendicino counties, presents data and shares observations from his trials with Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsaut, Marsanne and Viognier, and a Syrah clonal trial. He speaks about his experiences working with these cultivars in terms of their strengths and quirks, presenting vine performance data for 3 years at the Red Hills Trial in Lake County, and 5 years from UC Hopland Research and Extension Center.


SYRAH (SHIRAZ) DOWN UNDER—THE SAVII VINE SELECTION PROGRAM Windows Media Player QuickTime
Wayne Farquhar, Executive Officer, South Australian Vine Improvement Incorporated (SAVII) discusses the Australian Shiraz (Syrah) vine selection program and the performance of some Australian Shiraz clones now available in California. Syrah is one of the most important of the Rhône varieties and one which is gaining tremendous popularity in the international market. At SAVII, he has been responsible for the development of a rapid multiplication grape vine nursery and the establishment of a clean stock program for the Australian Wine Industry, as well as project leader of the SAVII grapevine variety selection and improvement program.


A ROSÉ BY ANY OTHER NAME Windows Media Player QuickTime
John Buechsenstein, winemaker, wine educator, and Rhône Ranger, describes vinification schemes for the production of rosé with Rhône varieties. He is well known for his courses on sensory evaluation and descriptive analysis of wine.


A TALK AND TASTING OF WINES FEATURING RHÔNE VARIETIES Windows Media Player QuickTime
Robert Haas, General Partner, Tablas Creek Vineyard, is an experienced importer, vintner, and member and past president of the Académie Internationale du Vin. He discusses Rhône varieties available in California, their appropriateness for our climate and soils, and the reasons for blending several varieties into a single wine along with the marketing questions this practice poses.