Saturday & Sunday, February 8, 9, 2014
Anderson Valley stretches from the Yorkville Highlands through Boonville to Navarro. This unique geography results in a wide temperature range, with daily high and low temperatures occasionally diverging 40 or 50 degrees which makes for a superb condition for growing aromatic white wines. Enjoy a weekend celebration of aromatic white wines like Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Gewurztraminer and Muscat which will be the focus of this years event. Winemakers from France, Germany and New Zealand will be pouring samples alongside wineries from Michigan, New York, Oregon, California and our own Anderson Valley. Events include an educational session, chef’s demonstration, grand tasting and winemaker dinner. Also on Sunday enjoy a open house throughout the valley at all the participating wineries.
- International Alsace Varietals Festival Education Sessions: Listen and interact with winemakers from around the world as they discuss winemaking and grape growing specifically for Alsace varietals. As part of this program they will be having a blind Riesling tasting and panel discussion and food and wine pairing with a CIA wine educator. Plus enjoy a horizontal tasting of four Gewurztramine’s sourced from the same vineyard in Anderson Valley. Also Chef Francois de Melogue will offer an educational and entertaining demonstration to highlight why so many food styles pair beautifully with the featured wine. This session is from 8:30 – 12:45 pm and includes a light breakfast. Tickets to this event is $45.
- International Alsace Varietals Festival Grand Tasting: Meet the winemakers and taste Alsace style white wines from around the world. Enjoy foods perfectly suited for aromatic whites including Tomales Bay oysters, Tart Flambee’ and more. Wines to be poured include Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Muscat. The Grand Tasting will have over 100 wines to be sampled along with delectable bites at seven food pairing tables. This event is between 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Tickets to this event is $65.
Participating wineries have included: Anne Amie, Breggo Cellars, Claiborne & Churchill, Claudia Springs Winery, Cutruzzola Vineyards, Elke Vineyards, Esterlina, Foris, Greenwood Ridge Vineyards, Handley Cellars, Husch Vineyards, Lazy Creek Vineyards, Londer Vineyards, Lula Cellars, Navarro Vineyards, New Zealand Winegrowers, Philo Ridge Vineyards, Trefethen, Domaines Schlumberger, Stony Hill, Tatomer,Thomas Fogarty, Toulouse, Valkenberg.
- Alsace Varietals Winemakers Dinner: Enjoy a special menu created by a renowned local chef in the intimate private dining room at Scharffenberger Cellars. Dine with one of six featured winemakers and learn firsthand why these aromatic whites are the darlings of the wine world. Time: 6:30 pm. Tickets for this event is $130.
These events will be held at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in downtown Boonville. The street address is 14400 Highway 128. Sorry no kids or pets allowed.
Then enjoy Anderson Valley Winery Open Houses on Sunday, February 9, from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Spend the day touring the many winery open houses. Savor tasty pairings, and taste unique and vintage Alsace varietal wines, and enjoy live music.