A vintners group dedicated to making wines in the United States using grapes native to France’s Rhone Valley is giving its Lifetime Achievement Award to a Central Coast winemaker.
Robert Haas will be honored by the Rhone Rangers, a non-profit group made up of 150 wineries dedicated to Rhone grape varieties.
Haas has worked in the wine industry since the 1950′s, and in 1989 co-founded the Tablas Creek Vineyard in Paso Robles. The vineyard shepherded eight types of Rhone grapes through the USDA quarantine process, and shared them with growers around the country. That move is credited with helping to create the American Rhone wine movement.
Haas will be honored at an April ceremony in San Francisco.