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AN ADVENTURE IN FOOD & WINE

SATURDAY & SUNDAY
JUNE 11 + 12, 2022

MEET THE WINEMAKERS, WALK THE VINEYARDS, TASTE THE BOUNTY!

Each experience is limited to 20 guests. Individual experiences are subject to sell out quickly.
Purchase your tickets today to ensure your first pick of experiences!
Experiences include pinot and paella, micro-wineries, cabernet blending, unexpected varietals, cooking classes, pig roasts, pasta and bocce, dessert pairings, garden tours, vineyard lunches, and vegetarian pairings.

1 Experience
$85

Includes 1 Experience

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2 Experiences
$150

Includes 2 Experiences

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Full Experience
$250

Includes 2 Experiences Each Day

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Save over 25% off your experiences when you purchase the full package.

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Browse Experiences Below

View all possible experiences on this page and decide which you want to attend and how many.
Experiences are at 10am and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Not all experiences are available during every time slot.
You can purchase tickets for 1, 2 or 4 experiences.
Experiences will each last 2-3 hours.

Pinot & Paella at Pech Merle

with Pech Merle Winery

Sip on Pech Merle’s 90+ pt. wines, hand poured by owner, Bruce Lawton – including our Alexander Valley Cab Franc and our Russian River Laguna de Santa Rosa & Oehlman Pinot Noir. Jose, The Paella Guy, will take you through the process of making his Classic Valencia Paella.  Prepared with a rich bounty of assorted seafood (green mussels, manila clams, calamari & prawns), boneless chicken, house made chorizo and pork. The paella is artistically assembled with assorted grilled and fresh vegetables and beautifully garnished with lemon wedges. The rich flavor of this paella is carefully crafted with a combination of fragrant SAFFRON, artisan sofrito base and homemade seafood stock.

Available Saturday Afternoon or Sunday Afternoon

Gourmet Food & Wine Pairing

with deLormier Winery

Immerse yourself in a true wine country experience with our gourmet wine & food pairing, crafted by estate chef, Donna Parsons. Donna and our wine educators will guide you through a four-course lunch paired with Estate wines including our Primitivo and Gold Medal winning Cabernet Sauvignon. Sit under our shaded arbor with breathtaking views of our vineyard as you learn all about our winemaking style, viticulture and what makes a perfect pairing. 

Available Saturday Morning, Saturday Afternoon, Sunday Morning, or Sunday Afternoon

Wine Blending & Vineyard Lunch

with J. Rickards Winery

Join us for estate mimosas, then a short walk in our century-old vineyard to discuss the art of field blending in the 1900s. After a tasty treat from Quail & Condor Bakery paired with our Rosé, we all will create a Super Tuscan blend to go with our rustic family-style lunch, including savory Chicken Cacciatore on creamy polenta, and our field greens salad.

Available Saturday Morning or Sunday Morning

Micro-Wineries & Dessert Pairing

with J. Rickards Winery

Spend time with wine makers from five Micro-Wineries of Alexander Valley, who each will offer a decadent dessert created to pair perfectly with their exclusive, small-lot wines. Learn about the passion of winemaking from these dedicated local producers. Dot Wines, SUTRO Wine, La Cienega Vineyard, Brooklyn West Winery, and Bedarra Vineyards.

Available Saturday Afternoon or Sunday Afternoon

Unexpected Varietals from Alexander Valley

with Mercury Wine

Spend the morning with Brad Beard- owner/winemaker of Mercury Wine. Upon arrival, Brad will greet participants with his Mercury Sparkling Brut Rosé to enjoy a short walk up to a private hilltop setting overlooking Geyserville and Alexander Valley. Once there, Brad will pour and discuss three unusual varietals he grows to make some of his most unique wines. These include 2017 Mercurio Tempranillo, 2018 Freddie Cuvee GSM blend, and 2018 Element Mourvèdre; these are lesser known but equally delicious Alexander Valley wines. Unexpected, but fantastic! Charcuterie and cheeses will be served throughout the discussion and immediately following, Brad will host a delicious, locally sourced picnic-style lunch with a full selection of Mercury wines.

Available Saturday Morning or Sunday Morning

Garden to Plate – Pairing Like a Local

with Alexander Valley Vineyards

Enjoy a guided walk around our vineyards and through our vegetable, fruit and flower garden. We will show what is in season, including lettuces, herbs, watercress, onions, baby carrots, raspberries and other fruit, and discuss the seasonal garden produce and herbs that will be used in our estate food & wine pairings. Guests will then enjoy a 3-course curated pairing that will include our award winning wines and produce harvested from the garden, along with local cheeses and charcuterie. This experience will be hosted by members of the Wetzel Family, owners of this historic property since purchasing it from the Alexander Family in 1962.

Available Saturday Morning or Sunday Morning

Winemaker Pig Roast in the Vineyard

with Zialena Winery

Join Zialena winemaker, Mark Mazzoni, as he guides you to our Cappella Vineyard where you will be treated to a private tasting of our Estate Wines. Behind the Tasting Room out in the Head pruned Cappella Vineyard enjoy an authentic Pig Roast accompanied by our flagship varietals Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. We are an Estate Winery making wines from grapes we grow ourselves and fermented entirely in concrete. The family has been on the Estate for over 90 years and the Fourth Generation owners built the modern production building in 2016 to make Zialena wines. Enjoy the earthiness of dining in the vineyard while soaking up the local flavor and lifestyle.

Available Saturday Morning | Saturday Afternoon SOLD OUT

Wine & Lunch in Historic Barn

with Soda Rock Winery

Enjoy a seated Tasting Experience with 5 unique wines and a light lunch. First, guests will be greeted with a glass of Kenneth Carl Brut to sip while taking a tour of the historic grounds. Guests will then enjoy an array of local cheeses, fruits and nuts while tasting our 2019 Boar Deaux and 2019 Spur Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, be treated to a beautifully prepared English Pea, Leek and Fennel Soup from Chef Donna Parsons and Focaccia Bread from Costeaux Bakery while sipping our 2019 The General Cabernet Sauvignon, and finally, we’ll pour our renowned 2015 Antoine Philippe Cabernet Sauvignon RSV Alexander Valley. This event takes place at our popular rustic barn in the heart of the Alexander Valley.

Available Sunday Morning or Sunday Afternoon

Fresh Pasta. Local Wine. Bocce Tournament.

with Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Join us in the heart of Alexander Valley for a pasta making class, followed by a family style lunch and bocce! Start your day with Chef Tim Bodell, as you learn how to make fresh pasta through this hands-on class.  Then join us on the terrace to enjoy a family style lunch inspired by our culinary garden, while sipping a curated selection of Sonoma County wines.  After lunch, meet us on the bocce courts for a quick lesson and a friendly (or perhaps… not so friendly!) game of bocce. Whether you are an expert in the kitchen or regularly burn toast, this experience is for all skill levels to enjoy!

The class experience is preset and lunch will be served family-style, so there may be limits to allergies and dietary restrictions that can be accommodated. If there is an allergy or dietary restriction in your party, please email us in advance at Events@FrancisFordCoppolaWinery.com. In addition, on the day of the event, inform our Chef and servers of the allergies or restrictions. 

Available Saturday Morning or Sunday Morning

Vegetarian Pairings for Cabernet

with Hawkes Wine

Winemaker Jake Hawkes will lead a discussion and demonstration of how to pair Cabernet Sauvignon with vegetarian food. This isn’t just an event for plant-eaters – we love meat and cook with it all the time. But we love vegetables and eggs and cheese and mushrooms, too. After we taste through a variety of wines and pairings, we’ll sit for a family-style lunch held in our garden with views of the Alexander Valley. Guests will enjoy a wide variety of vegetarian dishes paired with an equally wide variety of Hawkes wines.

Available Saturday Morning

Eat. Drink. Experience Alexander Valley Booking Instructions

STEP 1: BROWSE EXPERIENCES

View all possible experiences on this page and decide which you want to attend and how many.

STEP 2: PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS ON EVENTBRITE

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Click green “TICKETS” button, select quantity, then click “CHECKOUT” button.

STEP 3: SELECT YOUR EXPERIENCES IN EVENTBRITE CHECKOUT

1) Fill out your registration and other information. The experience selection is available in the dropdown lists at the bottom of the checkout page.
2) Click “PAY NOW” button.

Questions?

Contact Alexander Valley Winegrowers Association: info@alexandervalley.org