Côtes du Rhône Announces Découvertes en Vallée du Rhône 2009
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This year`s special program showcases the best of the Rhône Valley March 16-21, including Rosés NEW YORK--(Business Wire)-- Côtes du Rhône, the second largest Appellation d`Origine Contrôlée (A.O.C.) wine region in France, is excited to announce the fifth bi-annual festival, Découvertes en Vallée du Rhône, hosted by Inter Rhône. The festival features numerous wine tastings and presents an exclusive opportunity to tour the Rhône Valley. The event is strictly reserved for the wine trade and media. This spring, Découvertes en Vallée du Rhône is scheduled for March 16-21. Participants have the opportunity to meet with 750 winemakers, taste more than 4,000 different wines and enjoy the charming qualities and delectable flavors of the Rhône Valley over the six-day period. New to this year`s program will be a thematic tasting of Rhône Valley rosés. The tastings will travel along the Rhône river with many appellations organizing special tastings or activities such as food and wine pairings, vertical tastings, hiking in the vineyards and formal dinners. The festival path: * starts in the South, around or in Avignon featuring Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages, Beaumes de Venise, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clairette de Bellegarde, Costières de Nîmes, Coteaux du Tricastin, Côtes du Vivarais, Gigondas, Lirac, Luberon, Tavel, Vacqueyras, Ventoux, and Vinsobres; * heads up north, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage and Saint-Péray will be tasted in Tain l`Hermitage; and * the final stop will be in Ampuis, with three appellations : Saint-Joseph, Côte-Rôtie and Condrieu. "We are especially looking forward to this year`s festival," explains Oriane Beloud, Inter Rhône Export Marketing Manager for the United States. "The U.S. market is our number one priority for Inter Rhône in 2009 and Découvertes en Vallée du Rhône is a unique and efficient way for media and trade to see first hand the treasures of the region." For additional information about Côtes du Rhône, a complete itinerary on the festival and to register, please visit www.rhone-wines.com and click on the Découvertes en Vallée du Rhône banner. About Côtes du Rhône Côtes du Rhône is the second largest Appellation d`Origine Contrôlée (A.O.C.) in France with over 6,000 wineries. Located along the Rhône River between Lyon and Avignon, Côtes du Rhône wines are widely available in the U.S. and offer diversity and value. A fruit forward and spicy taste profile that pairs well with meals is indicative of Côtes du Rhône wines. Inter-Rhône Oriane Beloud, 00-334-9027-2400 email@example.com or HL Group, LLC Samantha Spivack, 212-529-5533 x269 firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright Business Wire 2009
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