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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  • Syrah

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Iron Horse Vineyards

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

  • Miro Vineyard

    Bond Estate is in the Onetangi winegrowing region and comprises the 4.2 hectare Miro Vineyard a...

  • Murphy-Goode Winery

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

  • William Gordon Winery

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

  • V-Twin Vineyards

    It's simple, really. We love wine and we love motorcycles. My wife & I were both born and rais...

  • Medlock Ames

    Medlock Ames is located on 335 acres of rolling oak and madrone woodland in the South-Western por...

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Alexander Valley on Snooth

  • As Austin Powers would say... 2009 Scherrer Winery Zinfandel Scherrer ... ... California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley (1/12/201)           Day 3... Strawberry, cherry and oak on the nose. Chocolate covered strawberries, raspberries and cream are abundant along with rose petals and spice. Just a hint of tannins on the finish. Fresh, elegant... Read More

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  • This is why wine is so fascinating! Everybody has a different palate! I've never had the Alexander Crown but I've had a few of the Brother's and Rockaway and they were both very good. Would I buy them again..... Maybe...... But I would not rule them out 100%. I also had two bottles of the Beringer Knight's Valley this past year and I was not ove... Read More

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  • The industrial wines are no-brainers for such a list.  My mind immediately went to expensive wines that woefully under-deliver.  I've had several BC wines that were verging on $100 and were not as good as some of the $19 ones I'm drinking now.  Of course, vintage is a big part of it.  California, I'd say I will not buy the Rodney Strong Alexande... Read More

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  • Can I recommend that we post a picture of the bottle that we definitely would not drink again?  You can probably find a picture on the Internet if you didn't take one when you drank it (and who would take a picture of a wine you would rather forget....).  That Beringer Knight's Valley is a very good wine for the $20 price.  I'm not sure if I've ... Read More

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  • Chateau St Jean Cabernet Alexander Valley 2012

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  • Seconding OT's view.  There's certainly good places worthy of a ... one, is farther from DCV/RRV/Alexander Valley than you think.CY, if you want to hit Mauritson on that Friday, let me know and I'll take the day off--I get a lot of vacation days and I don't mind using one for that purpose (and I'll avoid traffic, hit some other places I mean t... Read More

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  • I wouldn't bother with St Annes Crossing/Naked Wines personally. Besides, ... Valley/Russian River Valley/Alexander Valley triangle. So much to try right ther Read More

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  • Prevail West Face 2006

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    Very Testy Read More

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  • Simi Reserve Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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    Wine review by Dave Mooty


  • Hi All!We have belonged to a wine making club for over 20 years and make two ... grapes sourced from Napa, Alexander Valley, Lodi, Amador, Chile, and Argentina.Yes, we have tried most all of the Italian wines and enjoy many of them, but our favorite is the Barolo; favorite producer in Bruno Giacosa. Yes, we also enjoy Viognier, Savignon Blank,... Read More

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