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"...by 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
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.
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