Rhone Rangers, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to promoting American Rhone-style wines, supporting the winemakers who choose to put a New World spin on Old World wine, and — of course — educating the public about the unique and versatile wines produced from all of this research and labour. During the 2016 Rhone Rangers Seminar and Grande Tasting in San Francisco, I had the privilege to learn directly from local, West Coast winemakers who work to move beyond common “Syrah-stereotypes.”
Fernet, an Italian type of amaro (an herbal liquor), is a standard mixer in most San Francisco bars. But when fernet enthusiasts Max Rudsten and Ben Flanjnik (winemaker and star of ABC’s 16th season of The Bachelor) had a Coachella-chance encounter, a true Northern California blend was created, exemplifying the collaboration of California’s fresh produce and “the spirit of San Francisco.”
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Fernet Francisco is currently being served in bars throughout the SF Bay Area and bottles can be bought at select stores. Find Fernet Francisco.
Although this wine is a bit pricier than what I’d normally deem a “Daily Drinker,” I find that I can’t help but come back to this wine again and again. Delicious, accessible, reliable, it’s the kind of wine that when I know I want it, I just make a bee-line for it. Price be darned.
Evening Land 2010 Pinot Noir is one of those wines kept in the cellar to age and enjoy at it’s prime of life. Best between 2013 and 2019, I thought a 2016 experience of this wine would be ideal. But I’ll tell you right now, it wasn’t just ideal, it was perfection…
Rutherford Hill’s 2012 Merlot could honestly be either a Daily Drinker or a Special Sipper. Since it’s completely affordable but has that essence “de” fancy — I say stock up and enjoy for any occasion, big or small.