Tag: alexander Valley

Trione Winery Hosts Annual Pig Roast Winemaker Dinner

TRIONE WINERY’S ANNUAL PIG ROAST WINEMAKER DINNER AUGUST 26TH FROM 5-9PM Mark Trione has gone up to our Flatridge Ranch and harvested  the perfect wild hog to share! Enjoy wild and domestic pigs that were cooked in a La Caja China (think: cooking a pig […]

Local Food, Wine, and Craft Beer Events in Sonoma County

Just because the rain won’t let up doesn’t mean that should keep you inside! There are so many great events coming up in April and May in Sonoma, here are a few you should put on your radar. APRIL EVENTS St. Florian’s Brewery hosts Trivia […]

Good Ol’ Fashioned Guacamole Dip

No big bash is complete without a good guacamole dip! We all want to indulge but don’t necessarily want to pay the prince the next day after we have eaten EVERYTHING on the tables because all the sides and snacks just looked too good to pass up… this is great with healthy-style “chips: Serve with lettuce chips, carrots sticks, or celery instead of chips!

Use these healthy chips instead of salty tortillas to cut on calories, to save for more wine or craft beer!

Ingredients for Guacamole Dip( Photo by Jess Vallery)


  • 6 ripe avocados, peeled and cubed
  • 2 ripe but firm tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 small red onion, minced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A dash of Cayenne Pepper


Soak the onions in the lime juice and set aside. Mix avocado up and mash with a fork, add in tomatoes, cilantro, and onions and lime juice and mix well so flavors blend. Add season, stir and serve.



Summertime is about being out in the beautiful outdoors with family and friends enjoying life. Life for me is all about great food, wine, craft beer, and family. There’s nothing better than being in the middle of a vineyard with stunning views soaking up the […]

TomatoMania!! Is back at Trione!

Owner Scott Daigre of Tomatomania is headed back up North with over 300 tomato varieties! They’ll be at Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma Valley for one weekend and then head further North to Geyserville and will be at Trione Winery on April 30th. Scott has been coming […]

What I like about Alexander Valley

Summer means warm weather, fresh produce and happy, vitamin-D-energized people all throughout the Alexander Valley. Let me share some great tasting experiences, perfect for the season, that go beyond the typical wine and food pairings usually associated with an American Viticultural Area.

For those of you who have followed along with my pairings, it is quite clear the genuine love I have for Geyserville. One of my staples there is Geyserville Mud. At Geyserville Mud, I was introduced to how coffee really should taste—with their specialty cold-pressed coffee made with Thanksgiving Coffee. The difference is that cold-pressed coffee takes much longer and the result is a concentrated amount of liquid that extracts the nutty, sweet notes of the coffee bean, allowing even those who regularly sweeten their coffee to take it black.

Hooked on this summer delight, I was excited to hear that now I can enjoy it with waffles on the weekends! The waffles are made in house and are served with either fresh strawberries or caramelized bananas. I personally prefer the caramelized bananas atop the waffles, alongside that cold pressed coffee to wash it down. The tables out front (if available) make for the ideal setting to people watch.

Is it noon yet? Somewhere it must be, so I like to pretend I’m in Italy and head to Diavola where it’s never too early to have a wonderful red house wine called Hawkes and produced by Alexander Valley winery especially for Diavola. I pair this “jug” Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend with Dino’s (the chef/owner) salami and cheese platter. Diavola uses the “cucina povera” practice in the kitchen; it is like a small village mentality—they use locally grown and produced ingredients, recipes that have proven to be well-mastered and delicious, and nothing is wasted. Locals and visitors alike flock to Diavola for this perfect palate-pleasing duo.


An Alexander Valley classic is the Jimtown Store. Centrally located in the heart of the beautiful valley, positioned next to several family owned wineries, it provides a 360-degree view of vineyards.

Jimtown has this incredibly moist chocolate-chip bread pudding that they top with a house-made dulce de leche whipped cream. I pair this tasty treat with a decanted Estate Grown Zinfandel from Starlite Vineyards. This combo is a wonderful treat after a long day: feet up, comfies on, under the stars on a warm summer eve—pure bliss.

Now my summer forays with Alexander Valley’s finest would be far from complete if I failed to mention the super-fabulous fact that there is now a pool in the area, at Coppola Winery. It can be quite difficult to make a reservation (they book up fast), but if by chance I am able to get a seat by their pool, I jump on it. For $20 I can be poolside in Alexander Valley and be treated like royalty. They have their poolside café for the appetite, but the way to go is cocktail service! I enjoy a traditional Tanqueray and tonic with a splash of bitters. The bitters add a bit of an herbal note, perfect with the juniper taste.

Wherever the journey takes us, the sure thing is this: senses will be pleased with tantalizing dishes and drinks, the people are friendly, the views spectacular and the pairings will be perfect.

I love Alexander Valley.


Article written for Sonoma Discoveries Magazine

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Seize the Day in Alexander Valley

It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy (especially when you are vacationing in the beautiful Alexander Valley). The activities are endless and on a single day you can pack in as many wonderful, sensory, fulfilling adventures as you would like! Submerged as I am in […]

The Beauty that IS Sonoma County

The Beauty that is Sonoma County My pal’s Jim and Katia of wine Questers came by for a visit last month. It’s always fun to see these guys and low and behold, I was off for a visit with my dear friend, Lorna of Route […]