Anderson Valley’s Alsace Festival & The Amazing Wines I Enjoyed

The incredible Anderson Valley’s Alsace Festival, February 25th, 2017

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

The Anderson Valley’s Alsace Festival kicked off Saturday afternoon. I attended panel’s in the morning and the tasting began in the afternoon. See all the incredible wines I tasted below.

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Enjoying the Goldeneye Wines. Read more about this incredible winery and my visit to their Anderson Valley Tasting room here. 

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

The delicious eats from 101 Thai Way. This curry was so yummy I had seconds, maybe thirds.

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Winemaker Randy from Handley Cellars and Chris Richard who is incredible overseeing the hospitality in Handley Cellars Tasting Room.  Handley Cellars is one of my favorite Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers in the region. Read more about them on my Anderson Valley Top 10 list.

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

The amazing line up of Handley Cellars wines served at the event. I’m obsessed with the geometric print on these bottles. So cool and beautiful and such lovely wines. 

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Noah Dorrance of Reeve Wines. This is a new gem in Healdsburg which recently opened with incredible wines and a beautiful winery experience.  Read more about this winery and the amazing visit I had here.

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Me and my pal Noah. I love getting behind a table at a wine event, almost as much as sneaking into the Kitchen at a Restaurant. It’s just way more fun with the winemakers, always!

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Enjoying some delicious bites from the Pennyroyal Farm team. I met the Pennyroyal team Friday evening at the welcome reception and this is an amazing spot. They have a creamery with goats, a vineyard and a restaurant with incredible food and an amazing guest experience. Stay tuned for more coverage on my farm tour at this culinary gem.

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

The delicious Pizza from Piaci Pizza & Pub. The pizzas were great, and were freshly cooked throughout the event.

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Talented Winemaker Coby of Claiborne & Churchill. This was my first time tasting these wines and they were wonderful. My favorite was the Dry Riesling super interesting, balanced and refreshing.

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Winemaker Alex of Balo Vineyards. These wines were some of my favorite’s as well and Alex is beyond friendly, cool and personable which always makes it that much easier to fall in love with a winemakers wines.

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Another new Pinot Gris that I found interesting from Fel.

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

The line up of delicious wines from Navarro Vineyards. This is another winery I recommend visiting in Anderson Valley, read more about them on my Anderson Valley Top 10 list.

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

The Green Wood Ridge Vineyards team.

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

I met these guys at the event and they were a hoot. I loved their Norwegian sweaters (I have a few of these at home being Norwegian) so thought they really showcased the fun spirit of this event.

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

One of the best tables at the event, a little java. This was perfect after an afternoon of wine tasting. They were so nice they even gave me a bag of coffee to try at home and it was yummy!

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

The lineup of wines from Bonobo Winery a Winery I just learned about in the morning Michigan Wines Panel. These was great and I have to say, I had never had any wines from Michigan and these held their own. Being a Midwest girl I was proud to say these were just as strong of wines as the California wines being poured next to them.

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Winemaker Toby Hill of Phillips Hill. These wines are also very interesting, flavorful and delicious.

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

Anderson Valley's Alsace Festival

 

A special thanks to the Anderson Valley Wine Growers Association for hosting me to this event. It was a treat getting to meet more of your amazing winemakers and getting to spend more time in Anderson Valley. See you in May for the Pinot Festival!

 

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