Saturday November 23, 2019

Long live the Rhone Rangers

The phrase ‘Rhone Rangers’ is hugely symbolic of the disaster that has affected so many sections of the European wine industry over the last decade.

24th June, 2006

Rhone Rangers were Californian winemakers who adopted the grapes of the Rhone Valley as their working tools. They planted Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre vines across California’s vast vineyards. They proceeded to make wines that they and US critics claimed were better than anything produced in the Rhone Valley, or ‘‘old Europe’’, as President George W Bush has called it.

France ignored this incursion, believing that the wine lover could...

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