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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Alexander Valley Vineyards Recipe Contest

Alexander Valley Vineyards 
Announces CYRUS Recipe Contest  

Are you a foodie with a talent for creating recipes with perfect wine pairings?  If so, read on.

Alexander Valley Vineyards is conducting a recipe contest to discover the best pairing for their premium red wine - CYRUS.   Both amateur and professional chefs are invited to submit original, unpublished recipes featuring the limited production, proprietary red wine.

Cyrus Alexander was a 19th century adventurer, California rancher, gold miner, community leader and the namesake of Northern Sonoma's Alexander Valley.  Since 1995 he has also been the namesake of Alexander Valley Vineyards seamless cabernet based blend - CYRUS.  Known as "The First Growth of Sonoma", CYRUS is a celebration of AVV's estate grown grapes and the renowned Alexander Valley.  Over the years, the wine has won numerous accolades, highlighted by the March 2011 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Wine Auction where a bottle sold for $210,000. 

Submit your original unpublished recipe featuring CYRUS in Word format via e-mail to by January 31, 2012.  AVV Family Partners Harry Wetzel and Katie Wetzel Murphy will judge the submissions, test the recipes and select the winners.

First place will receive two tickets to the annual CYRUS dinner held at AVV in March and the recipe will be published in the AVV March Wine Club shipment and on the AVV website.

Second place will receive two tickets to Alexander Valley Vineyards Spring Bash and the recipe will be published on the AVV website.

Third place winner will receive a bottle of 2008 CYRUS and the recipe published on the AVV website.

Winning recipes may be used in other AVV promotions, marketing and point of sale materials.

Visit for additional information or send an e-mail to: for complete contest rules.  Offer void where prohibited by law.

Alexander Valley Vineyards ( is a family-owned and operated winery located in the heart of Sonoma’s Alexander Valley, on the historic property originally settled in the 19th century by Cyrus Alexander, the valley’s namesake.   For 35 years, the Wetzel Family has been producing an array of estate wines that reflect the unique character of the property.  AVV’s vineyard practices were initially recognized by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance in March 2006 and again in 2010 when named a Sonoma Green Business.

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