The Rhone RaNgers' Single Varietal Tasting - Grenache Blanc

by Kylee Jepsen

Communications Coordinator, Visit San Luis Obispo County

Earlier this month, our staff had the opportunity to enjoy the Rhone Rangers' single varietal tasting event, held in Paso Robles at SummerWood Winery. This monthly tasting rotates event venues and features a different Rhone Varietal, paired with delicious central coast recipes. This month, we were excited to try a wide range of local Grenache Blanc, paired with a beautiful Farro and Heirloom Tomato dish with herbs and Sarvecchio cheese and a Cucumber Soup with parsley cream and toasted sunflower seeds. Both dishes were prepared ingeniously by SummerWood Executive Chef Kelly Wangard.

Grenache Blanc is a white wine grape, known for its citrus and/or herbaceous notes. It is believed to have originated in Spain, but is quite popular in the Rhone Valley of France. Grenache Blanc made its way to Paso Robles in 1992 and currently over 24 wineries produce the wine varietal.

Here is a list of the wines we were able to enjoy:

  • Adelaida
  • Alta Colina
  • Broken Earth
  • Burbank Ranch
  • Clavo Cellars
  • Cypher
  • Eberle
  • Epoch
  • Halter Ranch
  • Lone Madrone
  • Mitchella
  • Pomar Junction
  • Ranchero Cellars
  • SummerWood
  • Tablas Creek
  • Thacher

Courtesy of Executive Chef Kelly Wangard and Summerwood Winery & Inn, here you can download the recipe for the featured recipes.