If you’ve been following along my Instagram this year, you’ll know I’ve been working with Dry Creek Vineyard, a family owned winery from Sonoma County, California. They’ve been around since 1972 and are known as Dry Creek Valley’s flagship winery. It’s possible to visit and do tastings or attend other special events in their space.
As someone who was never really into wine, I’ve grown to really appreciate it these past few years since working in the travel industry. Not surprising, food and wine are an integral part of travel and culture. I still remember my first press trip to the Loire Valley where we had a 3-hour lunch in a fairytale castle. We were served endless glasses of wine the entire time! We also ended with the most elaborate cheese plate to go with even more wine. What a special experience!
Dry Creek Valley History
I’m always curious about how businesses are founded and the reasons why. With Dry Creek Valley, their founder David S. Stare transitioned from working in the railroad industry to winemaking—his true passion and calling. Inspired by his visits to the Loire Valley, he was the first to plant Sauvignon Blanc in the region and helped to put Dry Creek Valley on the map. Also, they were the first new winery to be built in the area following Prohibition. Today his daughter Kim runs the family business.
Besides having a colorful history, they also care about what happens for the next generation. In 2015 they became 100% Certified Sustainable. A few of their practices include composting, beekeeping, using solar panels, conserving water and having a “green team” that meets regularly. They believe “Sustainability is not the destination— sustainability is the journey. We are constantly adjusting our business practices as we improve our knowledge of how to better exist within nature.”
I was not surprised to learn that California makes 81% of all U.S. wine. They’re also the world’s 4th leading wine producer. In addition, most of California’s 2,000 wineries are owned by families. With their names of the labels, this generally ensures high quality products. I’ve met a lot of family-owned winemakers all over the world and they’re always very passionate and knowledgeable in all aspects of winemaking.
Sonoma County is perfect for winemaking because of its various terrains and microclimates. It boasts mountains, hills, more than 50 miles of Pacific coastline and sun-kissed valleys. Dry Creek Valley is located in the north-central part of the county and has more than 9,000 vineyard acres and over 60 wineries. They’re best known for robust Zinfandel wines.
My favorite Dry Creek Vineyard bottles
This is Dry Creek Vineyard’s pride and joy. Inspired by the small French village of Vouvray in the Loire Valley, it has won numerous awards. It’s crisp, fruity and refreshing, best as an aperitif and goes great with fresh oysters or seafood.
This zinfandel is named because its vines average more than 100 years in age! It has aromatics of blackberries, dried cranberries and a hint of mocha and nutmeg with bright acidity complemented by a long, lingering finish of black pepper. Pairs well with brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs or anything barbecued.
This rosé is full of fresh fruity flavors including watermelon, fresh raspberry and lemon. It has a silky, smooth mouthfeel combined with crisp, bright acidity. Perfect for a picnic, sangria or anything that requires a happy pop of pink!
A blend of 88% Sauvignon Blanc and 12% Sémillon with fruit flavors and intense aromas of lemon, pear and apricot. A rich, vibrant wine that pairs well with salads or seafood.
The red version of the Mariness. The Mariner is a Meritage blend of all five red Bordeaux varieties: 69% Cabernet Sauvignon with the other four Bordeaux varieties making up 31%. Beautiful flavors that are smooth throughout. Pairs well with lamb, beef, veal and poultry.
The team at Dry Creek Vineyard has given me a sweet deal to share with you! Use code NOMADICFARE for $1 ground shipping plus 10% savings on any wine, any quantity.
Unfortunately, the $1 ground shipping isn’t available in AK, HI, IN, NJ and OH (these states are a little more complicated to ship alcohol to). However, the discount still applies. Can be used once per customer until 11/30/19.
Dry Creek Vineyard Tasting Room
Besides being able to enjoy their wines at home, Dry Creek Vineyard also has a tasting room. It is modeled after a Loire Valley chateau and is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In addition, they have many events and offerings such as a formal seated tasting, guided winery tour, Heritage blending experience, picnic lunch and large group wine tastings for 6-30 people. They recently rolled out a new Farm Tour where guests are taken around the vineyard on an ATV!
Reservations are required for these special events. Get more details and make reservations here.
You can also contact them at Concierge@drycreekvineyard.com
3770 Lambert Bridge Road
Healdsburg CA, 95448
This post was created in partnership with Dry Creek Vineyard to showcase their high quality wines. Thank you for producing such great products for us to enjoy! As always, all opinions and photos are my own.