Sonoma County: Drink in the fun at Alexander Valley wine festival

Sonoma County: Drink in the fun at Alexander Valley wine festival

The only thing better than a day of wine tasting is a weekend wine festival.  And in Alexander Valley, a spirited corner of Sonoma County, that’s just what will happen June 4 to 6. Thirty-five wineries will host their own parties during the Taste Alexander Valley event, offering wine and food pairings, live entertainment and special wine discounts.

Alexander Valley,  about an hour’s drive north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, is home to broad vineyard vistas and dozens of wineries, each producing distinctive wines. Among its growers are Clos du Bois, Francis Ford Coppola, Simi Winery, and Alexander Valley Vineyards. The event will begin Friday, June 4, with an opening gala, then spring into high gear on Saturday and Sunday when parties will take place through the region.

Among the parties, Simi Winery in Healdsburg will emphasize cheese and wine pairings over the weekend.  There will be a mozzarella-making demonstration, and chef Eric Lee will create grilled cheese paninis in the Simi Pizza Cafe.

 Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville will partner with Rosso Pizzeria to serve traditional Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas, while guests barrel-sample or try creating custom blends.

Another participant, Sausal Winery in Healdsburg, will serve its 2007 Private Reserve Zinfandel (from 90-year-old vines), along with pork cheese sliders and sour cherry mostarda created by chefs-owners Duskie Estes and John Stewart of Zazu and Bovolo Restaurants.

Info: After the June 4 opening gala,  the event will run 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  June 5-6.  Weekend passes cost $65 in advance, $75 at the door. (888) 289-4637.

-Rosemary McClure, Special to the Los Angeles Times

Photo: Guests relax at Simi Pizza Cafe during the 2009 Taste Alexander Valley event. Credit: Simi Winery

By LA Times

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