May 18-19, 2013
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
An hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge lies the Alexander Valley, the perfect blend of charm, sophistication, and the easy confidence of people (and grapes) comfortable in their own skin. If Mother Nature were a winemaker, this is where she would live. Located at the northern end of Sonoma County, the Alexander Valley is 22 miles long and varies in width from two to seven miles.
The valley is best known for the world-famous Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that thrive from the valley floor all the way up the rolling hillsides and mountain ridges. The gravelly loam soils straddling the river also encourage Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot to flourish. Alexander Valley is also home to Zinfandel and Rhone varieties, including Syrah and Viognier.
The 16th annual Taste Alexander Valley is the major event produced each year by the Alexander Valley Winegrowers Association. We invite you to join us!
On Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19 over 30 wineries will host their own special wine and food parties offering wine and food pairings, live entertainment and special weekend wine discounts. One ticket gets you access to all the parties! Come and experience the best of the casually elegant wine country lifestyle that makes the Alexander Valley a premier international tourist destination!
Weekend Pass – $65 per person in advance, $75 at the door
Weekend Pass (designated driver) – $20 per person in advance, $30 at the door
Sunday Only $45 per person in advance, $55 at the door
Sunday Only (designated driver) $15 advance, $25 at the door
Friday, May 17
5:00 – 8:30 PM
Trione Vineyards & Winery
Taste Alexander Valley Weekend begins on Friday, May 17 with the Opening Celebration, a very special evening at the historic “Old Stone Winery” at Trione Vineyards & Winery. This fabulous reception and party will feature reserve and library wines from throughout Alexander Valley.
Adding to the festivities will be passed hors d’oeuvres and a variety of seasonally influenced small plates prepared by renowned local chefs and restaurateurs Josh Silvers/Jackson’s Bar & Oven, Jeff Mall/Zin Restaurant, and Carlo Cavallo/Sonoma Meritage.
New this year will be a silent auction benefiting the Alexander Valley School. The auction will feature private tastings and lunches with winery owners, proprietors, and winemakers along with access to private properties not generally available to the public.
Enjoy it all while being serenaded by live music from local favorites The Steve Pile Band. Experience mingling with Alexander Valley’s winemakers, winery principals, and vineyard owners at this historic winery estate located in the heart of Alexander Valley!
Opening Gala – $95 – Advance only (limited availability)
Opening Celebration & Weekend Pass (package)
$150 – Advance only (limited availability; best value!)