The wines of Hermitage, Crozes, Cornas and Saint Joseph
By John Wheeldon
This Guide was last updated on 08 August 2011
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The most important wine festival in the Northern Rhône is a three day fair featuring all the main growers (the big négociants no longer attend) from Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage plus a good selection from the other appellations. It takes place on the last weekend in February in the Espace Rochegude next to the train station. The entry fee includes a tasting glass. An ideal way to find new and improving winemakers, you can taste and discuss the wines and make arrangements for visits. The wines are for sale but there is no expectation that you will buy. A wide range of food is available. I would advise visiting on the Friday or Saturday morning when it is a little quieter.
Held over the first weekend of September. Processions, tasting and a general good time. Less serious than Tain but includes a range of wines from the Northern Rhône.
Held over the first weekend in December. A smaller version of the Tain fair concentrating on the wines of Cornas but with other local wines as well.
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