Sunday Morning Experiences
June 23, 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.
Are you ready to take your wine knowledge to the next level? Get the inside scoop on what it takes to be a Somm from Certified Sommelier Laura Carpenter Hawkes. You’ll blind taste two flights of wine, following the deductive format practiced by professionals. We’ll discuss each wine in detail, and narrow down the possible choices to a logical conclusion. No losers here, but the winner will get bragging rights and an honorary somm pin! You’ll also enjoy homemade and local treats and take home a personal tasting book.
Join our wine educator as they guide 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: A Guided Tasting & Sensory Experience
Learn the science behind how we perceive the flavors of food and wine. Guests will first be guided through a tasting of basic sensory components to identify how they individually perceive flavors and learn the importance of smell to the entire sensory perception of taste. Guests will then be guided through a tasting of a white, red, and sweet wine paired with unseasoned food proteins to illustrate how the sensation of Umami affects food and wine pairings. Participants will gain a better understanding of how they individually distinguish taste and how they can use this new knowledge to broaden their range of food and wine pairings. Please note that there is no vegetarian food option for this experience.
HANNA Winery & Vineyards
The Art of Blending
Join HANNA’s Winemaker, Jeff Hinchliffe 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 20 years of experience blending high scoring wines, Jeff is eager to share his 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.
Prime Steak and Single Vineyard Cabernet Tasting
Join winemaker Jake Hawkes in the vineyard for a tasting of three Single Vineyard Cabernets paired with New York strip from three elite producers of prime grade beef. Learn about each of the different cattle farms and the ways in which their operations, from forage to aging, effect the flavor of the finished product. You’ll also learn how to choose good steaks and then grill them to perfection.
Steak from each farm will be paired with one of our estate-grown Single Vineyard Cabernets designed to highlight its unique character.
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
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.
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
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.
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.
Seghesio Family Vineyards
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.
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.
Bocce, Clone Tasting, and Italian-Style Charcuterie 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 & Bordeaux Blending
Join White Oak Winery for a light morning repast followed by a hands-on demonstration of how the iconic Alexander Valley Reserve is created. Winemaker Adam Gingrich will explain the blending process using the same varietals that go into the final product. Then you’ll try your hand at recreating the Bordeaux blend for a chance to take it home.
Zia Lena’s Ravioli Cooking Demonstration
Join Lisa Mazzoni for a demonstration of her Great Aunt Lena’s famous raviolis recipe. Lena Mazzoni was born in 1897 in Carrara Italy, moved to Geyserville in 1902 and was the very beloved matriarch of the Mazzoni family for 3 generations. Her raviolis were made from scratch every Christmas for the whole family. This tradition is carried on by Lisa and Mark Mazzoni each year. Come taste a piece of history with Lena’s raviolis and wine pairings to match from Zialena’s estate wines.
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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.