Comparative Cabernet Tasting

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Comparative Cabernet Tasting

August 13, 2022

10am – 12pm

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Saturday August 13th, join Cabernet Producers from beautiful Alexander Valley for a day of tasting and learning.

There’s no better place to experience the many nuances of Alexander Valley Cabernet than perched high above the spectacular growing region on a hillside at Robert Young Estate Winery. Join us for a comparative Cabernet tasting with wine educators from Silver Oak, Alexander Valley Vineyards and Robert Young Estate Winery to discover what makes this legendary valley special and distinct from other regions.

You’ll taste vintages from all three producers and discuss how the unique growing conditions, climate and vineyard practices converge to create superb Alexander Valley cabernets. Locally produced cheese and charcuterie will be paired along with the wines to enhance the tasting.

Fine tune your palate and enhance your tasting skills as you get to know the people behind the wine who will answer your questions and deepen your understanding and appreciation for the Alexander Valley appellation. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to taste world-class cabernets side by side, in a relaxed setting with the experts.

This intimate tasting is limited to 40 people.

Tickets are $80 per person, $40 for Wine Road Insiders (Want to become an Insider? Click here for more info)

 

Refund Policy

This event is non-refundable.  Refunds will not be issued.

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Special Thanks to our Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, District 5 for their financial support.

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Robert Young Estate Winery

The Young family have lived on and farmed their 448-acre ranch in Alexander Valley for over 160 years, passed down through 6 generations.  Robert Young Vineyards is the largest family-owned grower of premium grapes in Alexander Valley, and Robert Young was the first to plant Cabernet Sauvignon in the valley back in 1963.  The family selects the best 5% of their grapes for their small lot, estate wines, known for big, lush Chardonnay, bold Cabernet’s, and sublime Bordeaux Blends.  The new Scion House tasting room, located 10 minutes from Healdsburg, is renowned for sweeping views of the valley, and was featured in Food & Wine Magazine’s “Best new tasting rooms in Napa & Sonoma”.

Silver Oak

Located just 10 minutes east of downtown Healdsburg at 7300 Hwy 128 in Sonoma County, our new, state-of-the-art winery is currently open by reservation. Designed to “Frame the Vineyard,” the winery features panoramic views of the Alexander Valley bench and our surrounding 113-acre estate and 83 acres of prime Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. Upon arrival, guest are welcomed into our modern barn-inspired tasting room adjacent to the iconic Silver Oak water tower. Visitors will gain a deeper understanding of how sustainable vineyard management contributes to wine quality, as well as the technologies and practices we apple toward resource management and vineyard health.

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Comparative Cabernet Tasting ~ August 13, 2022

A morning of friendly wine educators, delicious wine and great conversation.

Join wine educators from Robert Young Estate Winery, Silver Oak and Alexander Valley Vineyards as they share their wines with you, discuss vineyard practices and the unique growing conditions that produce superb cabernets in the Alexander Valley. 

Enjoy this intimate tasting (limited to 40 people) with world-class wines, take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions and learn from the experts, fine-tune your tasting skills. All of this, while getting to know the people behind these outstanding wines, the history of the valley and the wineries.

Cost is $80 per person ($40 for Insiders) and space is limited to 40 guests. Interested in becoming an Insider? Click here for more details.

 

Alexander Valley History

In 1840 Cyrus Alexander arrived in what we know today as the Alexander Valley. “The brightest and the best spot in the world” he declared. Cyrus and employer/partner Henry Fitch applied for and received a land grant of 48,800 acres from the Mexican government, Rancho Sotoyome. Cyrus would manage the ranch for at least four years and in turn would receive 8,800 acres of land as payment for services rendered. Cyrus was to be the first to grow vines here.

Others would move in to the valley over time, planting grapes and other crops over the ensuing decades, first Mission grapes but later Zinfandel, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. By 1889 the first commercial winery in Alexander Valley was built – Lone Pine Vineyard by Shadrach Osborn. Quickly followed was Horace Chase’s Red Winery, whose first winemaker was Broder Frellson. Broder’s daughter Reta would later marry Osborn’s son William, and begin a family lineage of grape growing and winemaking that continues to this day.

Over the last 40 years, the Alexander Valley has changed dramatically from a viticultural standpoint. Apples and plum trees have long disappeared, and wine grapes are the main agricultural focus. With nearly 15,000 acres of winegrapes in the Alexander Valley Appellation today, we as a community of family farmers who collaborate with each other to grow and produce world-class wine grapes with dedication to sustainable farming practices and Cabernet Sauvignon as the varietal of designation in Alexander Valley. We’ve come a long way since Cyrus Alexander yet as Jess Jackson was known to say, we’ve only just begun.

To learn more about Alexander Valley visit alexandervalley.org