In northern Sonoma County, there is a beautiful area of land that is 22 miles long and in certain places stretches from two to seven miles wide. Vineyards decorate the landscape. Views from the highest points are expansive and breathtaking. Visitors are easily relaxed by the views of earth and sky. Those who find relaxation a little more elusive, need only to indulge in a glass of Sonoma County wine which is easy to find. This special place is Alexander Valley in Northern Sonoma County’s wine country.
Alexander Valley is most widely recognized for superb, world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. Visitors can also find other red wine varietals including Merlot, Zinfandel, and Syrah. Fans of white wine varietals can taste perfectly balanced Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
The perfect opportunity to experience the wineries and artisan wines of Alexander Valley is to visit during the annual Taste of Alexander Valley. This year’s event takes place May 21 & 22, 2011. Over 30 wineries will be offering live entertainment, wine and food pairings, and special discounts. Click here to view of the list of participating wineries and to discover the festivities each will host to celebrate Taste of Alexander Valley.
Among the list of wineries included in 2011 are Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Silver Oak Cellars, Simi Winery, and White Oak Vineyards & Winery. Francis Ford Coppola Winery will be hosting a special Cabernet wine and food pairing with delicious bites created at the winery’s full-service restaurant, Rustic. At Rodney Strong Vineyards, visitors will taste Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Rockaway Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Rodney Strong Red Meritage named Symmetry. Zin Restaurant’s Executive Chef, Jeff Mall, will be cooking Oak Smoked Angus Beef Brisket Sliders with Pt. Reyes Blue Cheese & Horseradish Spread. The combination of outstanding Alexander Valley wines and sumptuous treats continues at Silver Oak Cellars where steak with a Southwest flair meets Cabernet.
Taste of Alexander Valley takes place on the 135th anniversary of Simi Winery. Visitors will enjoy listening and dancing to live music. Simi Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay will be paired with gourmet pizzas created by Simi’s Chef Eric Lee. A special dessert pizza will be paired with Simi’s Late Harvest Alexander Valley Riesling. More live music and exquisitely paired wine and food can be found at nearby White Oak Vineyards & Winery. White Oak 2009 Russian River Valley Chardonnay will be paired with Grilled Chicken served with a Mango-Pineapple Salsa. The 91 point winning 2006 White Oak Napa Valley Syrah will be paired with Grilled Sausage, Caramelized Onion, and Roasted Pepper Relish in a mini Hoagie roll. Penne Pasta in a Mushroom Cream Sauce will be paired with White Oak 2007 Napa Valley Merlot. A Dark Chocolate Mousse served with Strawberry Coulis will be paired with White Oak’s Gold Medal award-winning 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
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