For four generations Alexander Valley Vineyards has been family owned and operated, creating award-winning, certified sustainable, and organic wines on their picturesque estate. They are located 75 miles north of San Francisco on a property that borders the Russian River, whose fog-inducing cool temperatures make it ideal for growing some luscious chardonnay.

You can get this chardonnay at Haggen as well as their beautifully crafted red line. This includes Cyrus, an award-winning Bordeaux blend that is simply stunning and named for the vineyard’s original owner.

Alexander Valley Vineyards offers three wine-club memberships, and you can join online via their website at

Tasting notes: Garden scents of daisies, freshly churned butter, and toffee shop are followed by a palate of bright lemon verbena, juicy fruit gum, and key lime pie. Finishes with mild candied ginger.

Pairing suggestions: Cold melon soup, ceviche, pistachio-crusted halibut, parsnip puree, basmati rice, cilantro chimichurri prawns, or flan.

Amberleigh Brownson has been a local sommelier and international wine judge in Whatcom County for eight years. She is a four-time award winner from Wine Spectator for her wine program and wine pairing dinners and has become an opinion leader in the Washington wine world, particularly in Whatcom County.