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

  • Alexander Valley Vineyards

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

  • Lancaster Estate

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

  • Skipstone Ranch

    Skipstone is a private winegrowing estate located in the hills above Alexander Valley. Our 200 ac...

  • Ron Lilly Wines

    My goal is to make a luscious wine that is rich, yet supple. A wine that emphasizes the fruit com...

  • Icaria Creek Winery

    Welcome to Icaria Creek Winery and Vineyards. We are located approximately 1.5 hours north of San...

  • Scherrer Winery

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

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Alexander Valley on Snooth

  • 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

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  • Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2004

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    very nice Read More

    Wine review by grosiramazonplus


  • To continue the discussion on the longevity of the '97 California Cabs, I ... ... Napa Valley and one from Alexander Valley.  I have uprighted on of the Napas and, if all goes well, will open it tomorrow.I'm a bachelor, tonight, and my plan is to finish off that P Read More

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  • While you guys were being quite funny and creating interesting postings, I was ... ... a 2006 Medlock Ames (Alexander Valley) Bell Mountain red wine with my Marie Calendar's Beef Pot Pie.  Now there is a most excellent pairing.  This wine had lots of fruit and smooth tannins.  I only drank half the bottle however. &nbs Read More

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  • Thanks for your feedback, Al and EMark, and confirming my gut feeling.  It's an Alexander Valley bottle.  My sister had 2 bottles originally., both Alexander Valley.  Bottle #1 we drank nearly a year ago -- in September 2013 after 1 hour of breathing time in a carafe -- and it tasted glorious.  Still, I'm concerned that the clock is ticking on t... Read More

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  • Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot 57 NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by YourWineLady


  • Czarina, I really don't want to get in between you and your sister, here. ... of 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon--Alexander Valley and Napa Valley.  If you look at the label you should be able to quickly determine which one you have.  Some quick internet searching led me to the opinion that the drinking window for the Alexander Valley one is 2000-2012... Read More

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  • Trentadue Sonoma County Old Patch Red 2011

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    Excellent everyday Red!! Read More

    Wine review by Leigh Ann Laughon


  • La Storia Trentadue Cabernet 2012

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    Wine review by pgermainsf


  • Trig Point Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Dust Vineyard 2011

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    Wine review by pgermainsf


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