Friday & Saturday, May 17-18, 2014
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 17th 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 17 & 18 over 25 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
Only (designated driver) $15 advance, $25 at the door
Friday, May 16, 2014
5:30 – 8:30 PM
Asti Winery & Souverain
This weekend long wine and food extravaganza begins on Friday, May 16 with the Opening Celebration, a very special evening at the historic Asti Winery.
Asti Winery is home to Souverain and sister brand Cellar No. 8, and an ideal setting for an evening of Alexander Valley’s reserve and library wines, gourmet food, and live music and dancing.
While enjoying the spectacular and historic surroundings of the Tasting Room and Champagne Cellars, guests will sip cocktail hour wines poured by AVW member winemakers, vintners and owners, followed by a colorful wine country selection of seasonally influenced small, individual plates and passed hors d’oeuvres created by renowned local chefs and restaurateurs Josh Silvers/Jackson’s Bar & Oven, Jeff Mall/Zin Restaurant, and Carlo Cavallo/Sonoma Meritage.
Experience mingling with Alexander Valley’s winemakers, winery principals, and vineyard owners at this historic winery estate located in northern Alexander Valley!
Opening Celebration – $95 – Advance only (limited availability)
Opening Celebration & Weekend Pass (package)
$150 – Advance only (limited availability; best value!)
New for 2014!
Alexander Valley Private Access
Elevate your Taste Alexander Valley weekend by participating in Private Access Alexander Valley — a newly created series of intimate wine and food experiences for 2014. An elite group of Taste Alexander Valley wineries are hosting 20 additional opportunities for small, intimate groups on both Saturday and Sunday. Each event will be held in wine caves, cellars, libraries or vineyards, for a more personal, hands-on wine tasting experience, sensory exploration and collecting opportunity. Private Access events will not conflict with the Taste Alexander Valley schedule, but rather, augment the weekend itinerary.
Saturday and Sunday – Two 90-minute VIP experiences (10am – 4:30pm) + one
Saturday Night Savvy after hours experience (5:00 – 8:00pm) – $65
Saturday Night Savvy only – Two after hours experiences (5:00 – 8:30pm) – $50
Sunday Down-home Winegrower Breakfast (9:30am – 12 noon) – $50