The Tasting Panel magazine

June 2012

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Hospice du Rhône: Are You Experienced? Chester Osborn of South Australia's d'Arenberg winery gambled on geologic and sub-regional studies for Rhône varieties in McLaren Vale, and came out on top. by Christopher Sawyer / photos by Mike Magda T 96 / the tasting panel / june 2012 hey come from legendary wine regions in the Old World and New World. They are rockstar winemakers who work with pristine vineyards on rugged mountaintops and small blocks planted on compressed soils topped with cobblestones the size of softballs. They are the few, the proud, the passionate individuals who share a common thread that binds them together—an inspired love for the intrinsically hip Rhône varieties planted at special sites around the globe and memorable wines that give you goosebumps when they first touch the mouth. At the 20-year anniversary celebration of Hospice du Rhône in Paso Robles, four thought-provoking wine seminars explored the exciting viticultural and winemaking practices currently taking place in special winegrowing regions of Spain, France, America and Australia.

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