The Wine Academy with Chris Griese
Sonoma Part Two: Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley
Join local wine expert Chris Griese for a new format of wine education, The Wine Academy. These multi-session educational and tasting seminars will be topical by month, focusing on a particular region in the world of wine. (The classes are independent of one another, meaning you do not need to take part one to attend part two, etc.)
We are kicking off The Wine Academy in January 2019, focusing on Sonoma County.
The Dry Creek Valley AVA and the Alexander Valley AVA are two of the key regions in Sonoma County and two of the most visited. Their history goes back to the 1800’s when the first wave of immigrants settled in the area and established the wine industry. Many of those old vines are still in the ground, and that will be the starting point for this new wine seminar.
Learn about the history of Zinfandel in the area, the impact of Jordan Winery on the formation of Alexander Valley, and the great old vineyards of Ridge. Learn about the growth of Healdsburg as a tourist destination, along with hints and tips to explore the area further.
This class will help you deconstruct and understand these AVA’s further. Join Chris Griese for a deep dive into the Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley, while tasting some outstanding examples from each area. Learn about the history of the formation of the AVA’s and the differences between them. Included will be extensive maps and handouts, helping you plan your next journey into northern Sonoma County.
Chris Griese is one of the most experienced wine experts in Minnesota, having run three key fine wine distributors over his 30+ year career. He has now left the wholesale industry to focus on wine education as well as sake importation for the eastern United States (he’s one of the only WSET Level 3 Sake experts in the country). His presentations are info-packed, lively, and come from a background only possibly with experience. We hope you can join us for the class!