So many wines, so many wineries, yet I can’t think of a winery (at least none immediately come to mind) that doesn't make at least one label that I've enjoyed. On the other hand, it’s a challenge to think of a domestic winery whose entire portfolio of wine is pleasing to both the wallet and the lips. But Alexander Valley Vineyards comes to mind immediately in meeting that challenge. And that’s particularly impressive given the size of their portfolio. I poured several of their wines at a Waterleaf event some years ago in Glen Ellyn (IL., not Sonoma) and visited the winery last October. Tasting their wines again and since – not just a few or several, all but two of them – reinforced my initial impression that this winery vinified a formula for standards of quality fortified with value.
|Entrance to AVV's Labyrinth Like Caves|
|Hank Wetzel (r) and I (the Wine Mizer)|
with a glass of my beloved "Cyrus."
|Bringing in the last grapes for|
|Hank, me and Kevin Hall (winemaker) enjoying a|
moment while watching the crush
|Just a few of the many wines offered|
|Medium toast French Oak|
|Estate grapes of Alexander Valley Vineyards|