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Northern Rhône Valley Wine Dinner | March 1, 2018

There are few grape varieties found throughout the world that get me more excited than Syrah. It is a complex, powerful grape capable of making massive wines meant for longterm aging; they can also be delicate, light-bodied, so aromatically floral and inviting it has to be drunk right now. And no where else does the grape reach its apogee than in the Northern Rhône Valley. With its granitic soils and steep vineyards (Côte-Rôtie having some of the steepest in France), the valley produces firm, full bodied wines with secondary notes of smoke, grilled meat, olive, lavender and peppercorn. The wines can be so robust, that (fun fact) in the 18th and 19th centuries, during difficult vintages, Bordeaux merchants would blend in Syrah from the Hermitage into their own to “beef them up.”

And with that, I’m very happy to announce that on Thursday, March 1st, République is hosting a winemaker dinner with three producers from the Northern Rhône Valley.

We’ll have winemakers Xavier Gérard from Côte-Rôtie, Etienne Becheras of Saint-Joseph and Ludovic Izerable, owner of Domaine Lionnet in Cornas on hand, pouring a selection of their wines from Condrieu, Côte-Rôtie, Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, and Cornas, paired alongside a delicious tasting menu from Chef Walter Manzke. 

This is an incredibly rare opportunity to have three different winemakers from the same region together, tasting and talking about their wines over dinner.

-Sam Rethmeier, Republique Wine Director 

-Thursday March 1
-$300, per person plus tax and service fees.
-For tickets, email
-Seating is limited.

Xavier Gérard from Condrieu / Côte-Rôtie

Etienne Bécheras from Saint-Joseph

Ludovic Izerable from Domaine Lionnet in Cornas