(Ed. Note:  Back from a 12-week hiatus from the blog. Thank you for all the notes about lack of posting.    Posts have been infrequent because of non-stop travel, spending time working on print articles, and due to a little kerfuffle with someone/group with well above average IT skills who commandeered the password for this site. Sigh. Anyway, back to regular publishing now.) 

Virginia/DC/Maryland wine friends,

Bonny Doon, Two Shepherds, Tablas Creek, Ridge, and Virginia’s Rhone Rangers Blenheim Vineyards, Sunset Hills, Tarara Winery, and Horton Vineyards, along with many other notable Rhone Rangers are coming to Washington, DC!   The Rhone Rangers are a group of ~150 wineries committed to making wines from the 22 grape varieties originally made famous in France’s Rhone Valley — from Syrah to Viognier to Mourvèdre, Grenache and Roussanne.

On Thursday, June 18, the Rhone Rangers will be pouring over 80 American Rhone-style wines at the Screen Shot 2014-05-24 at 10.30.14 PMyear’s only Rhone Rangers tasting event in DC!

Join me!   DrinkWhatYouLike is giving away a pair of VIP tickets ($180 value) to the Rhone Rangers Grand Tasting.   The Grand Tasting will be held at the Long View Gallery (1234 9th Street, Washington, DC), from 5:30 to 9pm.

To enter the drawing for two free VIP tickets, leave a comment below with your favorite Rhone variety or American Rhone-style wine or producer.   For an additional entry for the drawing, send a tweet to @DrinkWhatULike and @RhoneRangers with your favorite Rhone variety or American Rhone-style wine or producer.  And, for another VIP contest  entry, post a comment on DrinkWhatYouLike Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/DrinkWhatYouLikeWineBlog  .

Rhone Rangers DC VIP tickets are available for sale, $90 in advance (no day of ticket sales).

General admission tickets (from 7 to 9:00pm) are $55 in advance, $65 at the door if available.   We are able to offer a 20% discount.  Use the promo code ‘DWYL

This event will sell out — enter our drawing or purchase your tickets soon.

The contest for two free VIP tickets ends at 12 midnight, Monday, June 15.

UPDATE:  Congratulations Ms J Rucker.  You are the winner of two VIP tickets to the Rhone Rangers tasting tomorrow.  (drawn from all tweets, blog comments, and Facebook by my daughter).  Please email (frank ‘at’ drinkwhatyoulike.com) me so we can get the registration code for you.