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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

Popular Wineries in Alexander Valley View all

  • Dutcher Crossing Winery

    The Dutcher Crossing winemaking style is “hand-crafted.” From the selection of special blocks of ...

  • Scherrer Winery

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

  • Atelier Winery

    telier’s husband and wife team left the Silicon Valley six years ago to relocate to the wine coun...

  • Alexander Valley Vineyards

    Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley was mostly prune orchards and pastures when, in 1962, Maggie and...

  • William Gordon Winery

    Founded in 2006, an Alexander Valley vineyard grows all our own grapes and handles every aspect o...

  • Robert Young Estate Winery

    The scions of Robert Young are descendants of a long line of farmers. Throughout five generations...

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Alexander Valley on Snooth

  • Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    A deep, dark wine that's great for a chilly night. A heaping helping of dark fruits, purple lollipops, and a sweet, vaguely vanilla finish. Great with a meal. Read More

    Wine review by Claudia Angelillo


  • 2009 Denier-Handal Vineyard, Alexander Valley Zinfandel 2009

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    A little too young and too fruity for my taste but had this along with a tasting of 2 other wines, trying to choose what to have with my meal, so might have been better than that comparison showed.. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Marietta Cellars Petite Sirah 2012

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    Sorry, this is the 2010... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Emark, we also had an excellent Merry Edwards tasting, back in Nov. 2010. ... ... opened a NV Roederer Estate (Alexander Valley) Brut to go with some manchego cheese. Followed this up with some pan sauteed soft shell crabs and an '09 Scherrer chardonnay. Life is good and we are in our happy plac Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Alexander Valley Harris Kratka Vineyard 2006

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    There is a pleasant blackberry hint on introduction to the palate, but nothing obnoxious. Then, I, sadly, detect over the top on the alcohol. Then there is a serious hit of tanninwith which I am very OK. After about 40 minutes of air, components seem a bit more integrated, but I still dont think its enough. Now, its tasting more jammy. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Yesterday I was recovering from Monday night.  You see, Sandra & I ... ... a glass of Silver Oak (Alexander Valley) and I barely remember what it tasted like.  I could not finish it so Sandra drank over half of that glass plus her own white wine.  I had most of a steak but of course I don't remember it.  Yes, I asked Sandra to drive us home i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • The remodeling sounds great.  We're due to start our upstairs bath ... ... A 2005 cab from the Alexander Valley sounds deliciou Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Celebrating the return of our master bath after 6 weeks. Out with the big tub ... in the oven. I do love Alexander Valley Cabs! Although this is a blend - 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. The nose is full of briar, blackberry and a hint of smoke. On the palate there's a rush of red and black cherry and cranberry, the tannin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • I was right, Taste of Sonoma was a cattle call. The gates opened at 11:00, we ... ... From left to right: Alexander Valley Alexander on left Dry Creek right rear. Dry Creek on left, Reserve Tasting Tent on right Sonoma Valley background left, RRV on right. More food booths... The tents have the winery tables interspersed with food being prepar... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sonoma Wine Country Weekend


  • Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2004

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    very nice Read More

    Wine review by grosiramazonplus


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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? http://www.wineroad.com/annualevents/3

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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? http://www.wineroad.com/annualevents/3

    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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