Discover the White Wines of the Rhône Valley
When I drink a great Rhône, it is as if my heart and palate have traded places.
Wine expert Robert M. Parker, Jr.
When: April 7, 2019 2-4 PM
Where: Pierre Loti Union Square
53 Irving Place at 17th Street between Park Avenue South & 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003
Ticket Price: $45
When you hear the words “Côtes du Rhône” most wine lovers usually think of rich and fruity red wines. But did you know that great white wines also come from the Rhône Valley? 91% of Rhône wines are red, 6% are rosé and a miniscule 3% are white. On April 7 Wine Lovers of NYC will introduce you to that delicious 3%!
As wine blogger Megan J. Headley describes them (http://www.c-ville.com/rhones-white-wines-are-as-worthy-as-its-reds/), a Rhône white is “a mutt of a wine (and genetically superior for it), this basic bottling, whatever its dominant grape, will humor a large crowd eating a wide range of foods. Bigger-boned than Sauvignon Blanc, but decidedly less dowdy than Chardonnay, Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc effortlessly bridges that tricky chasm that can turn a partisan partygoer poopy. Soft flavors of ripe pear, cantaloupe, and hazelnuts are laced with minerals and accented with the brightness of citrus peel, jasmine, and ginger. A nice change from Sauvignon Blanc’s one-dimensional gooseberry and Chardonnay’s apple butter on toast.”
Join as we explore wines from both the Northern and Southern Rhône Valley. We’ll taste wines made from Viognier and Marsanne, as well as lesser known Clairette, Roussanne, Picpoul Blanc, Picardan, White Grenache, Ugni Blanc, Maccabeo, Picpoul Blanc, Bourboulenc and Vermentino (Rolle).
Robin Kelley O’Connor, our resident wine expert and a privileged member of Commanderie du Bontemps de Médoc- des Graves et de Sauternes-Barsac, the Jurade de Saint-Emilion and Les Hospitaliers de Pomerol, former president of the Society of Wine Educators, will lead the tasting.
The tasting will be accompanied by a selection of artisanal cheeses.
Among wines to be tasted are:
Domaine Courbis, St Joseph 2012
Domaine Les Goubert Côtes du Rhône Village Sablet 2012
Colombo La Belle de Mai Saint-Péray 2014
Vidal Fleury Côtes du Rhône 2014
Château de Montfaucon Comtesse Madeleine Lirac 2015
Paul Jaboulet Ainé Parallèle 45 Côtes du Rhône 2015
Château Mourgues du Grès Capitelles Costières de Nîmes 2015
La Citadelle Le Chataignier Luberon 2016
Château Beauchêne Côtes du Rhône 2016