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The Wine Road provides the Wine, When and Where of Northern Sonoma to locals and visitors with tips and news on events, wineries, restaurants, outdoor activities, and places to stay.

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Feb 24, 2022

Wine Road Podcast Episode 144
Sponsored by Ron Rubin Winery

Episode 144 | Denise Gill – Tasting Room Manager from Alexander Valley Vineyards

Denise Gill, Wine Judge and Tasting Room Manager at Alexander Valley Vineyards chats with Beth and Marcy about what’s going on at the winery, how she got into the wine business and how she became a wine judge. Our Fast Five recipe is from Zina Bower of Woodenhead Wines. And our wine of the day is Alexander Valley Vineyards 2018 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wine of the Day: Alexander Valley Vineyards 2018 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Organically farmed)

Fast Five: End of Winter Faro Salad from Zina Bower of Woodenhead Wines

Podcast SponsorRon Rubin Winery



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2:20 How Denise got into the wine business and how she became a wine judge. Denise’s great palate took her far as a professional wine judge. There’s a lot that goes into the judging process.

12:10 Denise is celebrating her 8th year on the staff on Alexander Valley Vineyards. But First—Our Wine of the Day: Alexander Valley Vineyards 2018 Estate Organically farmed Cabernet Sauvignon. The Wetzel’s, owners of the winery, are great stewards of the land at Alexander Valley Vineyards.

17:47 Fast Five Recipe – End of Winter Faro Salad from Zina Bower Woodenhead Winery

Faro,Preserved Meyer Lemon or Fresh Meyer Lemon, Green Olives, Shallots, Handful of fresh herbs.

Cook the Faro, sauté all the other ingredients together and mix it together then add the fresh herbs. It’s that easy. Pair with Woodenhead 2019 Chardonnay form Piper Ranch Manchester Ridge, Mendocino County.

19:20 Cave tours available at AVV at 12 and 2:30 in the original cave and they are building a new cave on the property too. New 25,000 foot Cave is being built and due to be completed in 2023. Vineyard hikes through the historic property that has the homestead of Cyrus Alexander who founded the Alexander Valley in 1840. Original home and schoolhouse is there on the property.

22:39 Denise recommends people go visit Spud Point for the clam chowder and then wind up to Bodega head to enjoy the views.

23:28 New 375 ML bottle size from Alexander Valley Vineyards feature screw caps and are perfect for picnics, available in Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

25:00 Denise recommends Ca’Bianca in Santa Rosa great for Italian food.

26:10 New lodgings spots on the Wine Road –Russian River AutoCamp & The Gables Inn in Santa Rosa.

28:50 Wineries are still taking reservations but also able and willing to take walk-ins so don’t hesitate to drop in and see what’s available.


Alexander Valley Vineyards

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Spud Point Crab


Fast Five Wine: Woodenhead –2019 Chardonnay, Piper Ranch, Manchester Ridge, Mendocino County.

Russian River Auto Camp

The Gables Wine Country Inn

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