Alexander Valley Wine

Alexander Valley, part of Sonoma County in California, is named for pioneer Cyrus Alexander. A Pennsylvanian, he chased the gold rush to California and was hired by San Diego landowner Captain Henry Delano Fitch to survey ranch prospects. In 1840, Fitch secured a land grant from the Mexican government for Alexander to manage the Rancho Sotoyome, in what was then still a Mexican frontier. Among other crops, Alexander planted the first vineyard. By 1875, after more settlers came to the valley, more than 230 acres were devoted to vineyards. 
But the crop that Alexander Valley was best known for up through the 1960s was prunes. However, because of their increasingly difficult cultivation and price competition, vineyards replaced most of the prunes. Alexander Valley gained AVA status in 1984. The cool climate region grows Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot for reds, and whites such as Chardonnay, Gewurtztraminer Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. ~Amanda Read more »

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in Alexander Valley View all

  • Lancaster Estate

    Lancaster Estate remains true to the founding vision of Proprietor Ted Simpkins. We are a family ...

  • Hauck Cellars

    Passionate about food and wine, we came to the wine business via our stomachs. During our travels...

  • Murphy-Goode Winery

    At Murphy-Goode, winemaking isn’t just a family busness; it’s a family tradition – one that’s end...

  • Scherrer Winery

    Since our small winery’s first vintage in 1991, our goal has been to create handcrafted, full-fla...

  • Rusina Wines

    I want to introduce you to a new wine, Rusina, from the heart of the Alexander and Dry Creek Vall...

  • Iron Horse Vineyards

    Drive past the berry farms on Ross Station Road, past the point where you can’t imagine there’s a...

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Alexander Valley on Snooth

  • Picket Fence Cabernet Sauvignon 2010


    Black currents and berries. Smooth taste with soft tannins Read More

    Wine review by cerbland

  • Katherine Goldschmidt Cabernet Sauvignon Crazy Creek Vineyard 2012


    This one was also gifted to me, and, several tastes into it, Im not terribly impressed. There is slight berry flavor around the edges of the tongue, but the tannin, cassis and body that I expect from a Cabernet Sauvignon is not there. Nothing offensive, here but Wheres the beef? Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Funny thing about these lava lamps - they were just for me to view since this ... the Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley Vineyards and the 'unknown location' Barbera that had minimal information on it's label.  None of the wines tasted cheap or corked, so I was happy about that.  For the next wine tasting party, I might specify a current... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • RRV, what a fantastic place!OT, Fogline has been added to the list, not sure ... farm in the Russian River/Alexander Valley for years.  All in all a fantastic time and a great experience.Third stop was the Wine Guerilla tasting room in downtown Forestville. These folks are producing some world class zins and are obviously having a good time do... Read More

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  • Francis Coppola Direct Cut Cab 2008


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    Wine review by sharonferebee

  • Last weekend was really special.  My sister Carol and her husband Rich ... ... 2010 Silver Oak from Alexander Valley.  Sandra's birthday cake reflects just one more year until retirement.  It was pumpkin ice cream with white cake from Baskin Robins.  The wines were wonderful.  My sisters husband recommended the French Bordeaux wine when we st... Read More

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  • Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2012


    Slightly herbal notes of blackberry and black cherry, with a hint of basil. Flavors are full and round, full of cassis, a bit of leather, loads of well balanced oak and cream and a nice warming heat. Finishes clean and long with a bit of tobacco, leather and cocoa powder. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Simi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 1997


    Very much an earthy and oaky nose. On the tongue, it takes a half-second to really taste anything. This wine is, pretty much, bereft of fruit,and I am very OK with that. After those 500 milliseconds pass you realize that this wine has an incredibly soft texture. Then you get the slightest hint of currant but more woody flavors and more earthy... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • We're just cleaning the house this weekend, getting ready for my youngest sister and her husband to come visit for a few days starting next Thursday.  They live in Corvallis Oregon, and we visited a few wineries with them up in the Willamette Valley last year during our 2-week tour of Alexander, Napa, Anderson and Willamette Valleys in 2013.  Ho... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Sonoma Hills Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2011


    Barnyard notes on the nose. Fresh and moist fruits on the palate. The tannins are kind and gentle -- they don't grip at all. Milk chocolate finish. A surefire win on a Wednesday night. Read More

    Wine review by Claudia Angelillo

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  • 32nd Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend coming up this March 6-7. Over 100 wineries throughout Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys will be sampling wines from their barrels with futures available for sale at significant discounts. Food, wine and fun, what more could you ask for in a weekend?

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  • 32nd Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend coming up this March 6-7. Over 100 wineries throughout Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys will be sampling wines from their barrels with futures available for sale at significant discounts. Food, wine and fun, what more could you ask for in a weekend?

    Comment by 80553h2w4 80553 h2w4

  • Alexander Valley is a gorgeous appelation filled with rolling hills covered with vineyards. The wines are luscious especially the Cabs, Zins and Merlots, though the Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs are wonderful, too. Since the nearest town is Healdsburg, you can read my comments in the Dry Creek Valley section about Healdsburg.. Simi Winery, Se...

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  • 11th Annual Wine and Food Affair Nov 7th and 8th. Wineries in the Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley will be featuring their wines paired with specific dishes. Over 50 wineries are participating and cookbooks with recipes from each winery are included.

    Comment by 80553h2w4 80553 h2w4

  • Alexander Valley Open House this weekend; $10 gets you a wine glass and food and wine at 7 wineries in the Alexander Valley. They include Alexander Valley Vineyards, Hanna, Fieldstone, Johnson's Alexander Valley, Hawkes, White Oak and Sausal winery. If you visit all of the wineries you are entered into a drawing to win a basket of mixed wines ...

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  • NIce site. Would love to learn more about Rodney Strong vintages

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