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Alexander Valley Six-Episode Virtual Tasting Series


Alexander Valley Winegrowers Hosts a Six-week Virtual Tasting Series, A Chefs Journey Through the Alexander Valley, with Local Winemakers and Chefs

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (July 17, 2020) – Alexander Valley Winegrowers are pleased to present a six-week virtual tasting series, A Chefs Journey Through Alexander Valley, live on Zoom. Each weekly episode is scheduled for Thursday afternoons at 4:30 PM, beginning on July 30 through September 3. Episodes will feature several Alexander Valley winemakers and grape growers, as well as some of the regions internationally known chefs. The series will be moderated each week by media personalities that cover the wine industry. The hour-long episodes will focus on the various grape varietal that make up the tapestry of the Alexander Valley winegrowing region.

“It’s going to be an incredibly exciting journey. Tasting and talking about wine is one thing, doing it with this crew of visionaries and heavy hitters is another. What an opportunity: not just for us, the producers, but the consumer, too.” stated Jake Hawkes, President of the Alexander Valley Winegrowers Association. With numerous world-class growers, wineries, and restaurants found throughout the vineyards and towns within the region, the Alexander Valley Winegrowers embracing the virtual platform as a unique way to create enriching and entertaining access to the wine, food and most importantly, the people that make a livelihood in the valley.     

To register for this free event and learn more about the Alexander Valley winegrowing region, guests can go to, https://alexandervalley.org/virtual-tastings.  We also encourage you to visit the websites of our membership for access to the wines from the Alexander Valley.

About Alexander Valley Winegrowers

The Alexander Valley Winegrowers is a non-profit association representing 79 winegrowers and 35 wineries in the appellation. Alexander Valley Winegrowers is a community of winegrowers and winemakers sharing generations of family, history, and traditions dedicated to world-class winegrowing in the Alexander Valley. We are committed to the preservation and promotion of the vineyards and wineries in the Alexander Valley AVA. To learn more about the Alexander Valley Winegrowers, visit: AlexanderValley.org 

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The schedule of the episodes are as follows:

July 30 – Cabernet Sauvignon 

  • Wineries: Hawkes + Trione 
  • Winemakers: Jake Hawkes (Hawkes) + Scot Covington (Trione)
  • Grower:  Kris Hicks 
  • Chef: Dino Bugica (Diavola)
  • Guest Moderator: Amanda McCrossin 

August 6 – Rosé 

  • Wineries: Carpenter + Medlock Ames 
  • Winemakers: Laura Hawkes (Carpenter) + Ames Morison (Medlock Ames)
  • Grower: Jake Hawkes  
  • Chef: Douglas Keane (Cyrus)
  • Guest Moderator: Allison Levine

August 13 – Sauvignon Blanc 

  • Wineries: J.Rickards + Mercury
  • Winemakers: Jim Rickards (J.Rickards + Brad Beard (Mercury)
  • Grower: Dan Rotlisberger
  • Chef: Liza Hinman (Spinster Sisters) 
  • Guest Moderator: TBD

August 20 – Merlot 

  • Wineries: SUTRO Wine Co. + Alexander Valley Vineyards. 
  • Winemakers: Alice Warnecke Sutro (SUTRO) + Kevin Hall (Alexander Valley Vineyards)
  • Grower: Harry Wetzel IV
  • Chef: Mateo (Mateo’s Cocina Latina)
  • Guest Moderator: Kelly Mitchell 

August 27 – Chardonnay

  • Wineries: Robert Young Estate Winery + Hafner Vineyard 
  • Winemakers: Matt Michael (Robert Young Estate) + Parke Hafner & Kate Hafner (Hafner Vineyard). Plus, Robert Young 5th generation, Hospitality Lead (Robert Young Estate)
  • Grower: Jim Young, 4th generation   
  • Chef: Kyle Connaughton (Single Thread)
  • Guest Moderator: Steve Heimoff 

September 3 – Cabernet Sauvignon 

  • Wineries: Jordan & Zialena
  • Winemakers: Mark Mazzoni (Zialena) + Lisa Mattson, Director of Marketing & Communications (Jordan)
  • Grower: Bret Munselle, Munselle Vineyards
  • Chef: Jean Pierre Moullé (former chef of Chez Panisse)
  • Guest Moderator: Jess Lander 
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