The Rhone Rangers is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the advancing the knowledge and understanding of traditional Rhone grape varieties and the wines produced from those grapes. The Rhone Rangers has adopted the French government's list of approved varieties allowed in the Cote du Rhone as the criteria for winery membership. Today, membership consists of over 125 wineries from California, Washington, and Virginia.
Few players in baseball have enjoyed the universal popularity of Rusty Staub, a 23-year veteran of the big leagues. The red-head from Louisiana was one of the first stars of the Houston Colt .45s, and became wildly popular while in Montreal and was nicknamed "Le Grande Orange" by his French speaking fans; he was a clutch post-season performer for the Mets, a run-producing machine for the Tigers, and spent his final few seasons back with the Mets becoming a record-setting pinch-hitter.
Ron and Diane Miller purchased land in the Stags Leap District in the early 1970's and promptly began growing quality grapes. In 1981 they broke ground on their own winery construction project and decided to produce the best wines at the fairest price. The Silverado Vineyard philosphy is dedicated to letting the wines express the character of the grapes grown on the property-be it Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Sangiovese, or Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Millers are long time supporters of the department and its research endeavors.