Wine tasting in Dry Creek Valley! This weekend my cousin finally arrived- she is dancing at the Oakland Ballet for the next six weeks. I took her and a friend up to one of our favorite areas in wine country- the Dry Creek Valley, which is north of Healdsburg in northern Sonoma County. Healdsburg is one of my favorite places on this earth now (Bear Republic Brewery is located there and awesome shops, restaurants and hotels; there are also a lot of amazing rustic places further out near and past Lake Sonoma - a friend of ours has a lovely spot up there and my boss even has a cabin out there!).
Dry Creek Valley is known for producing world-class Zinfandel, Bordeaux and Rhone. Some of our favorite wineries are Ferrari Carano, A. Rafanelli, Truett Hurst (haven’t been to the winery but love their wine), and most recently: Dry Creek Vineyard!!!!! I actually heard about Dry Creek Vineyard while doing a tasting at the famous Caymus vineyards. Caymus produces one of the top cabernet sauvignon in Napa. Their 2010 Special Selection earned a 96 point rating — but it’s fairly expensive at $130 a bottle. They had a huge poster at their vineyard ranking wines by score and price (since they were #1), but under Top Value, Dry Creek Vineyard was listed, along with Ferrari Carano and Lous M. Martini. Dry Creek reserve vineyard wines consistently earn 90-point scores from Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator, yet their wines are all well under $50! When we were at the vineyard this weekend, the guy was explaining that is the whole philosophy behind the place. To make really great, quality wines for affordable prices and to really treat the operation like the local, family business that it is. They totally won us over so we of course joined their club or “family” as they call it. And took home two 90-point wines for $60 total- not bad!!