Monday, August 1, 2016

8/1 LARRY SCHAFFER, TERCERO WINES, THE RHONE RANGERS, LARRY VAN AALST, SONOMA HAPPENINGS

LARRY SCHAFFER FROM TERCERO WINES - THE RHONE RANGERS CALIFORNIA TOUR LOS ANGELES EVENT ON AUGUST 6

Los Angeles Tasting Events 2016
Rhone Rangers California Tour | Los Angeles Event on August 6

The Rhone Rangers ride into Los Angeles on Saturday, August 6, 2016 with over 40 wineries pouring their American-grown Rhone wines at the Skirball Center. The one-day event includes a new winemaker luncheon, seminar and a grand tasting with a new VIP section. It’s the largest tasting of Rhone wines in Los Angeles.

Date                Saturday, August 6
Location         Skirball Cultural Center
                       2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd
                       Los Angeles, CA 90049
                       Complimentary Parking
Time               11 am – Winemaker Seminar - Red/White Rhone Blends
                       12:30 - Trade and Media Tasting
                       12:30 pm  - New Event: Winemaker White/Rosé Luncheon
                       1:30 pm – VIP Grand Tasting
                       2:30 pm – Grand Tasting General Admission  

Saturday, August 6
LA - Saturday Pass – Spend the day with the Rhone Rangers and kick off your Saturday with a seminar: The Past and the Future. The Rhone Rangers will look at Rhone blends, encompassing both wines made in the southern Rhone tradition and newer, more unusual wine blends. Featuring 100% Rhone varieties Patrick Comiskey, Los Angeles based writer for Wine & Spirits and the Los Angeles Times, and the author of a soon-to-be published book on the American Rhone movement, will moderate a panel of winemakers. A flight of red wines and a flight of white wine will be included as the basis of the discussion. Your day continues to the White/Rosé winemaker luncheon to rub elbows with some of your favorite winemakers while tasting a variety of White and Rosé wines and enjoying a buffet-style lunch. After lunch take advantage of VIP status which gives you early entrance to the Grand Tasting of more than 40 Rhone wineries, access to a private lounge with hors 'd oeuvres and special wines. The Seminar begins at 11 am followed by the luncheon at 12:30 pm and VIP Grand Tasting at 1:30 PM.

Saturday Pass - $150
LA - VIP Grand Tasting – VIP status at the Rhone Rangers Los Angeles event secures early entrance to the tasting of more than 40 Rhone wineries. NEW in 2016 is a special lounge area featuring unique wines, appetizers and seating. VIP guests may enter at 1:30 pm.

VIP Tickets - $85
LA - Grand Tasting General Admission – Join the Rhone Rangers as part of their California Tour in Los Angeles. Enjoy wines from more than 40 Rhone Rangers wineries during the Grand Tasting from 2:30 – 5:30 pm.
Grand Tasting  Tickets - $65


ABOUT TERCERO:
The idea for tercero wines surfaced a number of years back. Larry Schaffer had been in the educational and trade publishing industry for a number of years and had achieved all he had set out to do. It was time for a change . . . . but to what? Larry’s dreams of becoming a professional volleyball player were never going to happen, so he looked towards something he had always been interested in but never understood completely – winemaking. One thing that really interested him was the ‘why’ involved – how in the heck do you start with a grape and end up with this wine? Or that one? He needed to know more – and he needed to challenge his brain.

Fast forward four years . . . and Larry begins his new career in earnest as the Enologist for Fess Parker Winery, a well-respected winery in the Santa Ynez Valley. Why Santa Barbara County? The winemaking community is willing and wanting to help each other, but more importantly, it is simply an incredible place to raise children!

Fast forward another year, and Larry is ready to ‘take the plunge’ and start buying grapes to make his own wines! It’s scary and challenging at the same time – no matter how much you read about it or do it for others, it’s quite different when it’s ‘your own baby’ . . . But it’s also a way for Larry to ‘marry’ his past with his present – to use his sales/marketing skills along with his technical winemaking skills to see what he can produce . . .

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LARRY VAN AALST – SUMMER WINE TRENDS & SONOMA HAPPENINGS

LARRY HOSTS A WEEKLY PROGRAM ON CRN AND IS AN EXPERT ON WINE WHO IS SOUGHT AFTER FOR, TASTING AND MAJOR SOMMELIER EVENTS IN THE SAN FRANCISCO AREA. HE COMMENTS ON THE INDUSTRY, WHATS GOING ON IN THE SOMNOMA AREA AND HIS THOUGHTS ABOUT WINE.

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