For all those Rhonely Hearts: Hospice du Rhone April 29-May 1 in Paso Robles

I definitely have a Rhonely Heart: I love love love Rhone style wines and blends, especially the reds. An AUS 2001 RBJ  theologicum  blend of grenache and mataro turned me on and I’ve never turned back.

But it was my 6 year old son who first noticed the post card for this year’s Hospice du Rhone on the counter at the Ventura Wine Company a few weeks ago.

Not only is the postcard eye catching with its play on The Lonely Hearts Club Band, but he’s a HUGE Beatles fan. (Learn more about

He liked the postcard so much he wanted to buy one. And go there.

When I said that there was Hospice du Rhone, wine event (April 29-May 1 at the Paso Robles Event Center in Central California), he still wanted to go. He loves sticking his nose down into my glass of wine to try to smell what I smell.

I told him while it’s little more than two hours to drive there, and we could camp out in our VW van, he’d have to wait until he’s 21 and he has his own money (at $800 a pop, tickets are pricey!)

So then he told me I should go!

I’m not sure what he thinks will be going on at Hospice du Rhone, but from the postcard it sure looks fun.  I told them there was a bowling event so he especially wants me to go to Thursday night’s Rhône ‘n Bowl event sponsored by the Mutineer Magazine. Those guys definitely know how to put on a party–their launch last year was a blast! That event, at $100 a ticket, sold out awhile ago.

Come meet the Rhone Rock Stars! Tastings with over 130 Rhone wine producers from around the world!

They stopped selling general tickets on-0line yesterday (I know, now she tells us!), but there are still tickets for some Hospice du Rhone events. For those with a Rhonely Heart, you would certainly get your fill of fellow Rhonely friends, deluxe food paired with Rhone wines, more Rhone wine than you can fathom in one weekend of tastings, plus seminars  to help you grow in your wine knowledge.

There’s even a Saturday morning session on Washington terroir with Charles Smith  who was named Food & Wine Magazines 2009 American Wine Awards Winemaker of the Year. According to HduR 2010, Robert Parker says of Walla Walla winemaker Smith, “When it comes to his wines, the otherwise wild and irrepressible Charles Smith is as serious as a heart attack. Charles Smith knows where to find the great grapes. In a region where blending is still the rule of thumb, he is the ultimate terroirist.”

Wow, wouldn’t attending that seminar on Washington terroir be a great way to prepare for the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference in Walla Walla? And to be ready for my place on the WBC-Or-Bust bus should I be selected?

But of course $800 to attend Hospice du Rhone just IS NOT in my budget–even if I can drive there and camp out in the van. Afterall, I am attending the WBC on scholarship and there are others on the waiting list hoping more donations come in to fund their trip to the conference.

I imagine I can get into the main tasting on Friday afternoon as a member of the media, but what I really want to do is attend the seminars and write about them. Hmmn, I wonder if they’d like someone to live blog the seminars?

Here’s an overview of the Hospice du Rhone schedule which shows you why I’m drooling to go:

2010 Hospice du Rhône Weekend Package – $795 Includes

Friday, April 30, 2010

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – We’ve Come a Long Way Baby! The Past, Present and Future of South African Syrah
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Côte Rôtie – The Next Generation
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Rosé Lunch
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Friday Rhône Rendezvous

Saturday, May 1, 2010
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Washington State: The Perfect Haven for “The Ultimate Terroirist”
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. – An Incredible Cambie-nation
12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Lunch and Live Auction
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Grand Tasting
6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Farewell BBQ

Click here to view the complete Seminar Series with descriptions, presenters and moderators
*View the complete Seminar Series with descriptions, presenters and moderators
*Event descriptions located in à la carte section
*Not included: Thursday Rhône ‘n Bowl ticket or a Sommelier Soirée
pass. Must purchase individually

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