Rhône Roam #1: El Dorado AVA Wines for a #CAWineMonth Late Summer Fishy Feast with Friends and Music


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When it’s a wine made from a Rhône grape grown anywhere other than the Rhône region in France!

This seems obvious to me now following a webinar all about the wines of the Rhône where they made this point.

Just like the only wine you can call Champagne is from Champagne. Everything else is simply sparkling wine.

The words “sparkling wine” is an easy replacement for Champagne. But I haven’t found a reasonable term that covers those grapes we commonly associate with the Rhône Valley of France. Earlier this year I called wines from Tablas Creek “Rhône Inspired” but that’s not satisfying to me as a wine word smith.

What is satisfying? These four wines from the El Dorado AVA using grapes from the Rhône River Valley in France.

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