This August Wine of the Month is a style of wine that is really becoming a force in the Foothills of California, and Fair Play is no exception. Rhône varietals and Rhône style blended wines are becoming more and more popular in California and throughout the world due to their complex character, easy drinkability and just plain deliciousness. In a market that has long been dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot, wines like Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre are starting to find a legion of followers.
Annual events such as the Hospice du Rhône and the Rhône Rangers events draw winemakers from all over the US and the world and are helping to educate the public about these amazing wines. Fair Play and the foothills in general have some of the same types of growing climates as the Rhône Valley in France and these wines are thriving here. Of course they are taking on a distinct California character, but that only adds to their popularity and offers a diverse Rhône experience to the world.
Come and taste some of the best Rhône style red wines that Fair Play has to offer on Wednesday, August 7 at 6pm at the Cary House Hotel in Placerville. During the tasting and immediately after you can go enjoy these same wines by the glass at the Folklore Lounge in Placerville. The Folklore Lounge is the new gastropub offering amazing food and a fine wine and beer list to those who just want to chill in a beautiful setting. Make a night of it and stay at the Cary House Hotel who is offering special room rates on Wednesday, August 7th for wine tasters looking to stay the night and get away! Just mention Fair Play to get your discount!
Image courtesy of Hospice du Rhone