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Special Wine Event in Sonoma County: Wine, Food, Music, & More

Mustard Blooming in Alexander Valley, photo from Alexander Valley Winegrowers

Mustard Blooming in Alexander Valley, photo from Alexander Valley Winegrowers

Northern California Wine Country is undeniably beautiful. Whether visiting wineries closer to the Sonoma Coast, throughout Sonoma County, in Sonoma Valley, or Napa Valley, visitors can expect scenic views of vineyards throughout the seasons. If a visit to Alexander Valley located in Sonoma County has managed to escape your grasp, this month offers a special annual event spotlighting the picturesque Alexander Valley and the wineries that create stunning wines from the rich, fertile soil in this river valley.

Vineyards Growing in Alexander Valley, photo from Alexander Valley Winegrowers

Vineyards Growing in Alexander Valley, photo from Alexander Valley Winegrowers

The 17th Annual Taste Alexander Valley takes place Saturday and Sunday, May 17th and 18th. Cabernet Sauvignon reigns supreme, but other skillfully created types of wines can be found at Alexander Valley wineries including reds such as Malbec, Merlot, and Zinfandel; and whites, such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Over 25 diverse wineries will participate in this year’s event. The list of participating wineries includes the familiar names of Clos Du Bois Winery, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, and Rodney Strong Vineyards. The list also consists of the names of smaller wineries including Medlock Ames, Stryker Sonoma Winery, and Hawkes Wine.

Each participating winery invites guests to taste wine, nibble on tasty bites, enjoy live entertainment, and receive special discounts on wine purchases. To view the offerings at each winery click here. Some of the tempting offerings include:

Hanna Winery & Vineyards

The View from Hanna Winery

The View from Hanna Winery

Guests at Hanna will be treated to tastes of the award-winning wines produced by this family-owned winery. The wines will be paired with delicious sliders, vineyard views, and live music performed by Adam Lieb. Guests will also be invited to try a game of petanque on the winery’s petanque court.

J. Rickards Vineyards & Winery

J. Rickards Vineyards & Winery

J. Rickards Vineyards & Winery

At this family-owned winery, sustainable farming practices are used to craft exceptional wines. A visit during Taste of Alexander Valley promises a food and wine experience that begins with J. Rickards Winery 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel paired with slow-roasted pork loin in a ciabatta roll served with a side of Orzo salad. For dessert, J. Rickards port-filled chocolates.

Stuhlmuller Vineyards

Stuhlmuller Vineyards

Stuhlmuller Vineyards

Visit this hidden gem for tastes of their Zinfandel, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Each wine will pair deliciously with a grilled pork tenderloin. Guests will also be treated to live Bluegrass.

White Oak Vineyards & Winery

White Oak Vineyards & Winery

White Oak Vineyards & Winery

For this special event, White Oak presents three wine and food pairings for visitors. After a welcome taste of their seasonal White Oak Rose, guests will enjoy Sauvignon Blanc paired with albacore tuna salad, Mac ‘n’ Cheese paired with Chardonnay, and hoagies from the grill paired with Pinot Noir. Guests are invited to finish their visits with a taste of White Oak Merlot.

With so many generous offerings to be had at each winery, it’s a good idea to leave the driving to the professionals. Contact Pure Luxury today to reserve your private chauffeured car and enjoy Taste of Alexander Valley to the fullest!

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