Twenty years ago, John Alban started Hospice du Rhône as an event to promote viognier wines. Over the past two decades it has come to be a global Rhône gala. So, it seemed rather fitting, on this 20th anniversary of HdR, to take a look at just how this variety, almost universally proclaimed as not age worthy, changes over time.
Some flash or "Deal-A-Day" sites are specifically dedicated to wine, while others have branched out to an occasional wine sale, still concentrating primarily on clothing, jewelry and goods for the home. There is no question that these sites provide a great benefit to the consumer but do they provide benefits and challenges to the winery as well?
The amazing (and amazingly twisted) people at Twisted Oak have contributed a full vertical of every vintage of our Calaveras County "The Spaniard": 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 - plus a rubber chicken to round out the six pack. Retail value $250.