Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Old Vine Petite Sirah in the Alexander Valley

Field Stone Winery is one of my favorite wineries in the Alexander Valley. This small winery produces around 8,000 cases of wine per year and has a wide selection of varietals available. There is sure to be at least one wine to suit your taste.

My favorite white wine is Field stone's Viognier. The winery produces a very small quantity of this Rhone varietal and reserves most of each year's production for the winery's wine club. As a result, the wine is not often available for tasting. If it is, try it. If you are a Viognier fan and it is not being offered for tasting, ask if they have some for sale. You might be able to sneak a taste if they have an open bottle.

The Field Stone wine that really grabs me is their Petite Sirah. Produced from vines that are 109 years old, this luscious wine may be too big for those who like lighter reds. But it is a favorite of mine as well as of the Sonoma County Harvest Fair's judges, where it frequently wins a medal. If you want to see the gnarled vines that produce this luscious wine, ask in the tasting room if it is ok to walk behind the winery to visit the vineyard.

Not only is there a lot of good wine at Field Stone, but the tasting room staff is among the most hospitable and friendly in Northern California Wine Country. Nancy, Kevin, and the rest of the staff will welcome you to the winery. Field Stone is located at 10075 Hwy. 28, southeast of Healdsburg.

If you would like to take a private Wine Country tour that includes a visit to Field Stone, call me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.

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