The first crisp autumnal Saturday arrived here in Sonoma County and I love a drive around the neighborhood. Twas a perfect day to pop up to Dry Creek to sip some vino. So... we grabbed the in-laws and headed up to West Dry Creek Road and visited three lovely wineries.
Preston Vineyards - 9282 W Dry Creek Rd - Beautiful gardens & picnic area, organic vegetables for sale, cute cats, $10 tasting fee waived if you buy, bocce court - and tasty affordable wine. Preston only distributes in California and is a favorite among locals.
Tried the 2008 Carignane & 2008 Zinfandel - both fantastic. They specialize in Rhone varietal blends and for locals on Sundays they fill a jug with 4 bottles of wine for $32. Great place!
Quivera Winery - 4900 West Dry Creek Road - Impeccably landscaped picnic area, biodynamic farming and 93 acres of estate vines and huge organic vegetable garden. Quivera wines
have been a go-to for me for a while for executive dinners and events. They have a great price point and many clients already know the name.
We took home the 2007 Anderson Ranch Zin, which I love. We drank a bottle of this later with bratwurst, sauerkraut and potato salad - Yum!! We also liked the 2009 Fig Tree Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, which was refreshing with a hint of fruit (would be great with Thai food, sushi or some fresh veggies & dip).
Last was Teldeschi Winery - 3555 Dry Creek Rd - Maybe one of the best views in Dry Creek and Dan the winemaker is hilarious and the wine is terrific. Zinfandel, Petite Syrah are best here and the tasting room is simple and utilitarian. Dan pours from funky bottles and has a lovely sense of humor. We took home the Home Ranch Zin.
Dry Creek Wineries tend to be family run, multi-generational, perfect for picnics, and Zinfandel territory so they are right up my alley. Healdsburg, CA anchors the wineries of Dry Creek and is a great place to visit.