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Taste Alexander Valley

The springtime sip fest is the valley's major annual party.

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STARK REALIZATION: You know those calendars that have little stickers for birthdays and anniversaries and graduations? We realized that we've never seen one that offers "food and wine weekend" stickers. Oh, sure, they may have a wine glass icon, to signal a party, perhaps, but we'd like to make this pitch: When you live close to some of the best wine and gourmet regions on the planet, you need some more diverse stickers. "Oyster Feast" and "Corn Shucking Spectacular" and "Merlot Madness" and such. Good idea? Well, it's an idea, anyway. And we got to thinking about it when we heard that Taste Alexander Valley had landed on its 2012 dates. They're in May -- May 18-20, 2012, to be exact -- and while that's a ways away from this typing, if we had a sticker on our calendar we could gaze upon it with hope and excitement for the next four months.

BECAUSE? Taste Alexander Valley is the region's premiere annual event. This is the 15th outing for Taste, meaning a whole caboodle of wineries'll be in the mix (caboodle=30). Also in the mix? Edibles, discounts, tunes, and hobnobbing with other enthusiastic oenophiles. Many of those oenophiles will be Cabernet mavens, since the area is known for its kicky Cab grapes. An advance ticket is $65. Can you plan this with a friend? Does your friend have the appropriate sticker you need for your calendar? Maybe that could be a new business for you and your friend. Regionally themed calendar stickers. Run with it and let us know?

ONE LAST ADD: May 18 is the opening gala, while the 19th and 20th focus on the open wineries and tastings. Goodly? Goodly.

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