Earlier this year we were able to experience their wines at
their rustic Sonoma based tasting room, hike their lush grounds, and a spend a
night on their estate (in an 18th century schoolhouse no less!!!) as part of
our Vine to Vino Tour! It was an
amazing experience where we got to see every bit of their extensive dedication
But besides the experiences Edible Skinny has had with
Alexander Valley Vineyards the company, we’ve mostly enjoyed our experiences
with their wine!
Of all our touring of
the Sonoma and Carmel valleys with our Vines to Vino trip, Alexander Valley
Vineyards was personally my favorite wines!
The reasons for this run the gamut from the price point
(most wines are under $20, and even their reserve wines are under $100) to
their dedication to the environment through green winemaking to the Wetzel
family living on the actual property and experiencing the winery day to day to
the taste (deliciousness in all forms!).
So if you’re looking for a great bottle of wine for a
holiday party or gift we HEART AVV; Why don’t you?!?
2012 marks 35 years of Sin Zin at Alexander Valley
Vineyards. Their first vintage in 1978
was a family wine, which they bottled and shared with family and friends. It was so popular they decided to make it a
tradition! This wine is 100% Zinfandel
with aromas of spice, black pepper, dark fruits, and vanilla. It’s a versatile wine that works great with
anything from the casualness of pizza (pepperoni or Vegan) to the formalness of
roasted turkey and grilled filet mignon.
|Miss Jovane Marie w/ some Sin Zin|
2012 Temptation Zinfandel ($14)
This wine is my favorite of the Wicked Weekend (which
includes the aforementioned Sin Zin, Temptation Zin, and finally Redemption
Zin)! A medium bodied wine that is full
of the fruit forward flavors of plum, strawberry, cherries, and black
pepper. Plus with at $14 price tag this
wine is an absolute bargain!
The Alexander Valley Vineyards estate is bordered by the
Russian River Valley and since 1975 they have showcased this location with
their Estate Chardonnay.
70% of their Chardonnay grapes at night when the grapes are cool to retain
their natural acidity.
They then cold
ferment those lots in stainless steel without malolactic fermentation or barrel
aging to highlight the citrus and green apple flavors. The other 30% is barrel
fermented to give a hint of oakness to this rich white wine.
AVV’s Gewürz wine is harvested exclusively from a single
small CCOF (“California Certified Organic Farmers”) vineyard about one hour
north of the Alexander Valley Vineyards
estate, located in Mendocino’s cool growing region of Potter
Valley. This rugged location is the key
to the great acidity of their Gewurztraminer grapes! This wine is a refreshing glass of
tropicalness with flavors of grapefruit, pear and minerality!