A Great Wine Fest Idea

The Anderson Valley International Alsace Varietal Festival

Now this is an event I can get behind. What a brilliant and appropriate idea for a wine event.


Anderson Valley, probably my favorite appellation in California, is surely the best source of California Gewurztraminer and Riesling and a great source for Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris, all the varietals that will be under consideration in this upcoming event.

Anderson Valley is probably best know for its Pinot Noir, for good reason. But with so many other California wine regions producing good Pinot that are far more accessible to wine tourists than Anderson Valley, it is hard for this remote Mendocino valley to get a foothold as one of the top Pinot producing areas.

However, the title as top "Alsace Varietal" appellation is most certainly up for grabs and it looks like Anderson Valley is looking to appropriate that moniker.

The details of this event are as follows:

First Annual Anderson Valley International Alsace Varietal Festival
Saturday & Sunday, November 5 & 6, 2005
Special Seminars – The Varietal Tasting – Open Houses – The Dinner
Cost: $60 for tasting, $125 for The Dinner
Info: www.avwines.com or 707-895-WINE

It appears that more than just Anderson Valley wineries will be in attendance at this event. And this is good news. Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris in particular are varietals that can be greatly influenced by specific terroir. However, I was happy to read that Handley Cellars, Navarro and Londer, three wineries that I’ve tasted great Alsace-inspired wines, will be in attendance.

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