by Fred McMillin
for April 16, 1997

The Longest Name in the Valley

Prologue: "The Alexander Valley Fruit and Trading Co. is an unusual, underrated winery that makes...a zesty Zinfandel, offering good value" Prof. John Baxevanis in "The Wine Regions of America"

The Rest of the Story: Gourmet gift baskets, picnic grounds, 60 acres of vineyards, a tasting room on a knoll looking west over the valley. That's the flavor of this enchanting enterprise, founded in 1984 by Candace and Steve Sommers. As for their Zinfandel, my panel was very happy with the mellow '92, and even happier with the price tag, $9.

1992 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley
Alexander Valley Fruit & Trading Co. (Winery)
Geyserville, Sonoma County, CA

Category: Recommended in its price range

Postscript: For wine and more, contact Candace at (800)433-1944, FAX (707)433-1948; ask for the colorful catalog.

About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. He currently teaches wine courses at San Francisco State and San Francisco City College and is Northern California Editor for American Wine on the Web. In 1995, the Academy of Wine Communications honored Fred with one of only 22 Certificates of Commendation awarded to American wine writers.

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