We agreed to meet at Onx tasting room to take a group picture of the Rhône Rangers in Paso Robles.
Because it was Harvest and I wanted to keep it real, I asked all the winemakers to come to the photoshoot in working clothes. The idea of the picture was to capture a community of winemakers working together.
The Rhône Rangers has created a real sense of camaraderie among winemakers in Paso Robles an other wine regions.
It was a real honour to get this amazing group of winemakers together!
Here's the Rhône Rangers's profile, excerpted from "The Winemakers of Paso Robles" book, written by Jason Haas.
The Rhône Rangers began as an informal band of like-minded renegades who were convinced that the grapes traditional to France’s Rhône Valley would thrive in the Mediterranean climate of California. As recently as the late 1980s, there were only a few dozen such producers on the entire West Coast.
But the ideas of those pioneers caught on rapidly in the 1990s and 2000s, and the 31 wineries that gathered for the Rhône Rangers’ first grand tasting, held in 1998 in San Francisco, grew to 90 by 2000. During the organization’s nearly two-decade history, more than 450 wineries have counted themselves as members, and tens of thousands of Rhône-loving tradespeople and consumers have attended Rhône Rangers tastings in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
Over the past decade, Paso Robles has become the spiritual home of the American Rhône movement. The region’s dry, sunny climate, calcareous soils and marine influence have attracted producers dedicated to Rhône grapes like syrah, grenache, mourvèdre, roussanne and viognier. Today, more than three-quarters of all Paso Robles producers make at least one Rhône-style wine, and Paso Robles wineries make up more than 40 percent of the national Rhône Rangers membership. A local chapter hosts six to 10 events each year focused on educating and promoting the region as a wonderful home away from home for this noble family of grapes.