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Destination Known: Wines of California (Rhône style)

Join us at Gray & Dudley for our October wine dinner!

We haven’t been able to travel safely in the past year, so we wanted to create an experience centered around what we love most about traveling–food and wine–and bring it to you in Nashville.

This month, we take you to the Golden State.

How do you narrow the entire state of California down to just 4 selections!?!?! The vastness of California and its extensive history made doing a California-themed dinner quite difficult to conceptualize. California may be best known for making wines from popular grape varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Pinot Noir. But there has been a quiet movement over the last 30-40 years in California’s Central Coast, fueled by producers who grow less common Rhône grape varietals such as Grenache and Syrah. These grapes were brought by immigrants to California more than 100 years ago, and they flourished until Prohibition.

Now, these varietals have made a comeback. These plantings have historically been on the Central Coast of California. Paso Robles has a very strong focus on Rhône varieties, as well as in areas of Santa Barbara County. The 1980s and ’90s saw the rise of Randall Graham’s Bonny Doon winery up in Santa Cruz, and the late ’90s and 2000s saw the likes of Qupé and Tablas Creek coming to the forefront of this Rhône movement in California. Nowadays it’s a young and passionate crowd of winemakers trying to lift the mantle of Rhône varietals in Central California.

Chef Matt Bell and Wine Director Matias Yerrick present a four course dinner to accompany a line-up of wines centered around this new world interpretation of old world grapes.

Come and experience this culinary adventure with us.

*If you are dining as a group, please reserve tickets under one transaction so we can ensure that you are seated together.

Ticket price includes food, drink, and tax.

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