Saturday Morning Experiences
June 22, 2019
Alexander Valley Vineyards
Zinfandel: Multiple Perspectives on a California Classic
Zinfandel is often called America’s grape and is recognized as the most terroir-driven grape for its expression of the soils and climate. Alexander Valley Vineyards long history with Zinfandel began in 1978 with the first vintage of Sin Zin. We’re raiding the cellar and opening the 1978 Sin Zin to share the story of how it all began at AVV. Then we’ll taste all of our current vintages of Zinfandel to give you a unique look at the varietal and regions where we harvest the grapes. When you taste through each, you’ll soon have a love affair with Zinfandel as well.
Sensory Experience with Winemaker Diane Wilson
Join owner and winemaker, Diane Wilson, as she guides you through an in-depth sensory experience. Beginning with a lesson on aromas and finishing with a journey into wine and food pairings you will learn techniques that will aid you in your analysis of wine and further enhance your appreciation of the subtle nuances wine can achieve. This fun and educational event will showcase varietals such as Chardonnay, Primitivo and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Matchmaker: How to Pair Filet Mignon With Any Wine!
Filet mignon with Cabernet Sauvignon…or Chardonnay…or Late Harvest Semillon? Are you kidding? Experience how basic flavoring elements like acidity and salt can change how a steak will pair with different types of wines. Learn how your individual perceptions of flavor make a difference on your personal choices with wine and food. You will be guided through a selection of three vineyard specific Alexander Valley and neighboring regional wines from Francis Ford Coppola Winery, paired with filet mignon from Niman Ranch as part of this food and wine experience.
HANNA Winery & Vineyards
SOLD OUT- The Art of Blending
Join HANNA’s Assistant Winemaker, Marti Quan, for a fascinating course on blending Bordeaux varietals, using Hanna’s estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and the almost extinct St. Macaire. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, Marti is eager to share her passion and expertise. You’ll learn the mechanics of blending discrete lots and discover the magic that comes from creating a whole greater than the sum of its parts. We’ll blind taste four uniquely crafted blends, test our assumptions, and collaborate on choosing the winning blend.
Barrel Making Demonstration
Join Master Cooper Yann Guiguen for a live barrel making demonstration on the hillside of our estate vineyard. Wine tasting will include Cabernet samples from the barrel and from the bottle, as well as a discussion of barrel aging, and a Q & A with Yann and Jake Hawkes.
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
SOLD OUT- Exploring the Three Cs: Cabernet, Chardonnay, and Cheese
Wine and cheese are frequent companions, but with the seemingly infinite number of flavor variations in both wine and cheese, how do you discover the perfect pairings? The answer: taste, taste, taste – not exactly a hardship for wine and cheese lovers. With that in mind, please join Laura Werlin, a James Beard award-winning author of six books on cheese and self-described “edu-tainer,” and Lisa Mattson of Jordan Winery for an interactive, educational, and delicious tasting of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and Jordan Chardonnay paired with a variety of different cheese styles. We will learn how the fruit, oak, acidity and alcohol in wine interact with the salt, fat, and protein in cheese to create good, great, and even the occasional not-so-great pairing too. What works? What doesn’t? With a comprehensive tasting of eight wines and eight cheeses, we will cover the bases and basics to come up with the definitive and ultimate perfect pairs.
SOLD OUT- A Taste of History
Savor traditional Alexander Valley flavors in this unforgettable experience with J. Rickards Winery Owner, Jim Rickards. Sip on mimosas during a morning stroll through the 1908 Old Vine Zinfandel vineyard while Jim offers an interactive lesson in the rich winegrowing history of the property and the ways he’s keeping those traditions alive today. Next, make your way into the rustic barrel cave to sample the components of a Zinfandel blend straight from the barrels, and learn how the aging process affects finished wine. Finish the experience with a leisurely farm-to-table lunch on Jim’s deck with one of the best views in the valley.
Burrata and Beyond- ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT!
Calling all cooking enthusiasts and wine lovers! Learn how to make fresh Burrata: tender sheets of fresh mozzarella wrapped around a creamy mixture of mascarpone, ricotta, and goat cheeses. Chef Don Garrett, of Wine Country Artisans Catering, will provide tips on recipes using amazing vinegars and estate olive oil to highlight the flavors of this delicious cheese. We’ll pull pizza dough and top with organic, freshly harvested vegetables from the garden at Bell Mountain Ranch. Winemaker Ames Morison will be on hand to help pair the scrumptious creations with sustainably-farmed estate wines. Join Medlock Ames for this fun hands-on session.
Robert Young Winery
Visit the estate of the first family to plant Cabernet in Alexander Valley and hear the rich history of the Young family, who have been farming their ranch in Alexander Valley since 1858. You will enjoy an exclusive barrel tasting experience in the Robert Young wine caves and walk through some of the unique characteristics of the wines with Winemaker, Matt Michael. Your experience will conclude with a cheese tasting from local artisan Sonoma County cheese company, William Cofield. Cheeses produced from multi-generational dairy farmers will be paired with wines from Robert Young’s 6th generation winegrowing family.
Rodney Strong Vineyards
The Art of the Blend
Join Rodney Strong’s Winemaker in the beautiful Alexander Valley, to learn about Bordeaux varietals and what they each contribute to a final Meritage blend. Then, put your wine knowledge and competitive skills to the test to create your very own signature blend! After the blending seminar, you’ll indulge in a local cheese & charcuterie plate while enjoying the scenic views of the Alexander Valley. *Please note that this experience will take place at one of our scenic vineyards in Alexander Valley and not at the tasting room.
Seghesio Family Vineyards
Epicurean Adventure- ONLY 4 SPOTS LEFT!
Ignite your senses through an exploration of wine and food! Begin your adventure with an exclusive tasting led by our winemaking team, discovering the unique aromas, flavors and palate textures that wine can produce. Next, take your seat on our Tuscan Terrace where a five-course wine and food pairing awaits you. Executive Chef Peter Janiak and our culinary team will further awaken your taste buds, melding our Zinfandels and your recently acquired wine knowledge with new and complementary flavors presented in each dish. Your adventure concludes with a special gift from our estate garden.
Library Tasting Experience
Join Stonestreet Winery for a unique tasting experience hosted in the private Mountain Room, showcasing limited selections from their library. Taste the evolution of Stonestreet wines through the decade paired side-by-side with their current release counterpart. Discover the strength and age-ability of wines grown at elevation from the Stonestreet Mountain Estate.
SOLD OUT- Tasting from the Archive
Traditions of storytelling have been passed down over many generations, and family-owner Stuhlmuller Vineyards, dating back 20 years, takes a unique approach. Exclusively set at the family’s private guest house, you will take a short walk through the vineyards, followed by a gorgeous flight of Library Wines that have been aged to perfection. Your tasting, guided by the Winemaker, will be paired with unique bites curated with local and estate ingredients. Dazzle your pallet and experience this one of a kind visit to the beautiful Stuhlmuller Vineyards.
Bountiful Charcuterie, Bites, and Bocce in the Vineyards
Enjoy an exciting game of bocce with the Trione’s and Winemaker, Scot Covington. Be wowed with an educational barrel tasting of our Pinot Noir clones before they are blended to make our Russian River Pinot Noir. Take in the sweeping views of the Alexander Valley from our redwood picnic tables set within one of our favorite Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards. Nosh on an array of tasteful, seasonal bites made with ingredients sourced from right here in Alexander Valley. Sip on some of our exclusive wines including the Sparkling Brut, Rose, and Henry’s Blend while taking in the sunshine. The winner of the bocce tournament takes home a magnum of Trione Alexander valley Cabernet Sauvignon.”
Breakfast & Blind Tasting
Join White Oak for a light morning repast and then put your wine tasting skills to the test with a Blind Tasting. You’ll have four wines presented to you in special blackout glasses so you have no idea what color or varietal you are drinking. We will guide you through specific tasting notes, aromas, and indicators. You will try your hand at guessing which varietal is in each glass for a chance to take home a wine of your choice!
Estate Vineyard Educational Tour- ONLY 1 SPOT LEFT!
Join Zialena Proprietor, Winemaker, and Vineyard Manager, Mark Mazzoni for an in-depth discussion on the vineyard practices that lead to world-class wine. Guests will ride on a horse drawn carriage through the vineyards. Discussions will include head trained verses trellised vines, grafting over a varietal, using green vines, grape clones, and dry farming versus irrigating. This educational tour includes wine tasting at the 120 Acre Estate Vineyard.
Browse All Experiences
Each experience is limited to twenty guests, and you’ll find everything from blending seminars with winemakers to salumi making to brunch and bocce in the vineyards. One & two day tickets are available. During checkout, select your favorite experience for a morning (10 am) and afternoon (2 pm) session on Saturday and/or Sunday.