Winemaking. Life. The Dirt. Alison Crowe is a Winemaker Based in Napa.

Carneros is Throwing a Birthday Party, and You’re Invited

Girl and the Grape(s) at Stanly Ranch in Carneros.  A special place for Pinot, Chardonnay, sparkling and more!

Girl and the Grape(s) at Stanly Ranch in Carneros. A special place for Pinot, Chardonnay, sparkling and more!

The Carneros Wine Alliance is turning 30, we’re throwing a party and you’re invited!

Back when I was a college student at UC Davis, the Carneros AVA held a special place in my heart, for a lot of reasons.  It was the closest serious wine region (about 45 minutes) to campus.  Though known for great Pinot and Chardonnay its tasting rooms produced amazing sparkling wines as well as structured and soulful Merlots, Cab Francs and Syrahs.  More than a few of us worked Harvest seasons as interns, shuttling back and forth between long shifts on the crush pad and our crash pads in Davis.

Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir is tracking 7days earlier than average

The wide open spaces of Carneros, where the grapes are influenced by the wind and water of the San Francisco Bay.

Characterized perhaps more by what it was not (touristy, expensive, pretentious) than what it was (authentically California, laid back and “cool” in more way than one), Carneros became a favorite secret spot for many.  Founded in 1983, Carneros was one of California’s first American Viticultural Areas.

Today I’m proud to say I’m on the Carneros Wine Alliance Board, serving this special, quirky, quality AVA with my time, my wine and #CarnerosLove.

A gorgeous day in Carneros.  Peaceful and rural, Carneros maintains an old California agricultural charm.

A gorgeous day in Carneros. Peaceful and rural, Carneros maintains an old California agricultural charm.

Come join us this Saturday, July 25 at 3:30 at the diRosa, a beautiful property housing an extensive collection of Bay Area art.  Alongside beautiful sculpture, installations and other artworks we will be sipping art of a more liquid kind from 20 of my fellow Carneros wineries.  Food will be provided by Stag Dining, wine and food pairing by Fine and Rare, while live music by the Max Bonick Trio and a magnum raffle will be sure to keep things hopping.

Tickets are still available– join me this weekend for a Birthday Bash to remember!

Click here to buy tickets, hang out, and see why I love Carneros.

 

 

Alison Crowe is the Director of Winemaking for Plata Wine Partners and Winemaker for Picket Fence Vineyards, Garnet Vineyards and others.  She sources from vineyards all over California, including Carneros, for her clients’ projects.  Girl and the Grape won “Best New Wine Blog” in 2014.  She serves on the Carneros Wine Alliance Board and can be reached at LinkedIn, @alisoncrowewine ,ancrowe@hotmail.com.

 

 

 

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