Speaker Portfolio Director & Director of Wine Education: Ian Ribowsky
Hailed as “the winemaking wizard” of the Rhône, Jean-Luc Colombo has achieved a high-profile international reputation for innovative wines, bursting with personality. A native of Marseilles, Colombo developed a strong admiration for the wines of the Rhône Valley in the late 1970s. A devotee of the Syrah grape, he was convinced that the northern Rhône appellation of Cornas offered enormous potential for producing stellar quality Syrah. Following his conviction, he opened his own wine laboratory in Cornas and developed a thriving reputation as a wine consultant, breathing new life into the then-obscure wines of Cornas, producing the first vintage of his signature wine Les Ruchets in 1987.
Shortly after, Colombo began purchasing his own vineyards first in Cornas then throughout the Rhône Valley and Provence. The wines of Vins Jean-Luc Colombo are all highly personalized, sourced from Colombo’s own vineyards and from carefully selected domains under his direct consultation.
Jean-Luc Colombo has made a major impact on the evolution of modern French winemaking, and he and his wife Anne, have both received the French Legion of Honor Award reflecting this contribution.We will taste a vertical of Colombo’s signature vineyard Cornas wine Les Ruchets(94WS) as well as prestigious appellations throughout the Rhone Valley including Cote Rotie)91WS), Crozes Hermitage(90WS), Hermitage(91WS), St Peray(91WS), Condrieu (90WS), Chateauneuf-du-Pape(90WS) among others. Join us for this exquisite tour of the Rhone Valley! No walkins