10am – 12pm
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.
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.
Comparative Cabernet Tasting~ August 13, 2022 10am-12pm
Location: Robert Young Estate Winery, 5102 Red Winery Rd, Geyserville.
Robert Young Estate Winery, Silver Oak and Alexander Valley Vineyards are gathering together for our first Cabernet Master Class. Taste wine from each winery, learn about their wine making styles and the growing region of Alexander Valley. Cost is $80 per person ($40 for Insiders) and space is limited to4 0 guests. Tickets Go On Sale NOW!
Create Your Own Zinfandel Blend ~ October 15, 2022 10am-12pm
Location: Talty Vineyards, 7127 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg
Tickets Go On Sale in September.
Winemaking 101 with Carol Shelton ~ January 7, 2023 10am-12pm
Location: Carol Shelton Winery, 3354-B, Coffey Ln, Santa Rosa
Tickets Go On Sale in December.
Esprit du Rhone ~ April 2023
Location: Trattore Farms, 7878 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville
Tickets Go On Sale in March.
Join us FRIDAY night at the following wineris to kick off Winter Wineland Weekend!
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”.
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.
Alexander Valley Vineyards
History, tradition, and excellence. Those three words easily describe Alexander Valley Vineyards. In the mid-1800s valley namesake Cyrus Alexander called the land that is home to AVV as “the brightest and best spot in the world.” He settled, built his home, and raised his family. In 1962 the Wetzel Family followed his lead, continuing a tradition of family farming. Today the fourth generation of their family is growing up next door to the working winery known around the world as “AVV.”
The Wetzel Family Estate spans over 720 acres with vineyards on both sides of the Russian River, from the valley floor up to the Mayacamas mountains. In between there is a wide diversity of micro-climates, elevations, exposures, and soil types. The Russian River defines this land with foggy mornings, warm days, and diurnal temperature swings of 40 to 50 degrees. Their estate vineyards combined with veteran winemaker Kevin Hall’s classic winemaking techniques maximize the balance of fruit and acidity in every wine. Barrel aging in their underground wine caves accentuates the wine’s character. Every bottle shares AVV’s story and each glass brings the special place they call home to yours.
AVV has been known for elegant Cabernet Sauvignon since the first vintage in 1975. The secret to the quality and value in their hand-crafted wines starts with their initial property purchase in 1962 and continues with their commitment to their land. This tasting showcases two very different 100% small production Cabs from the family’s estate vineyards.
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