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2017 Passport Themes – Around the World

Where else can you visit Italy, Cuba and France all in one weekend? Anything is possible on Passport weekend! There’s no need to hop on an airplane to visit these amazing destinations when they’re all within the stunning Dry Creek Valley. Quivira Vineyards & Winery, Forchini Vineyards & Winery, Dry Creek Vineyard, Mazzocco Sonoma, Peterson Winery and Martorana Family Winery are throwing parties that transport you to famed travel regions from all around the world without requiring any visas – just your Passport.

Haven’t purchased your Passport to Dry Creek Valley tickets yet? What are you waiting for?

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A La Provençal at Quivira Vineyards & Winery

4900 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-431-8333

Enjoy an afternoon at Quivira Vineyards, a la Provençal. With a climate similar to southern France and wines that echo the region, Quivira will transport you there. Stations throughout our picturesque property will highlight our wines paired with estate-farmed charcuterie and local cheese. We will also be offering the chance to blend your own custom herb salt with our estate-grown herbs.

No buses or limousines, please.

 

Under the Forchini Sun at Forchini Vineyards & Winery

5141 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-431-8886

Nothing is better than an Italian experience!  Our travel destination is Italy—we welcome you to “Under the Forchini Sun!”  In our rose garden enjoy stunning views and Italian serenades while sipping Papa Nonno, our Tuscan Red.  Chef Todd Muir has created a savory stuffed gnocchi with Porchini mushroom sugo.  End your Tuscan visit munching glazed chocolate bites, delicious with our Bordeaux blend and Cabernet wines.  Special Passport pricing.  Benvenuti ala Forchini Vineria!

 

45th Anniversary Sail at Dry Creek Vineyard

3770 Lambert Bridge Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-1000

Chart your course and join the 45th anniversary celebration of Dry Creek Vineyard! To commemorate our 45 years of family winemaking, we’ll set sail on a journey around Cape Horn with food and wine pairings inspired by San Francisco, Chile and Maine. Whether it’s Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel or Cabernet you desire, we will help you navigate your way through an incredible tasting experience. Become a DCV deck hand and join the crew at Dry Creek Vineyard.

 

Hot Havana Nights at Mazzocco Sonoma Winery

1400 Lytton Springs Road, Healdsburg / 800-501-8466

Hot Havana Nights comes to Mazzocco Sonoma Winery! Come cha cha cha and mambo to sounds reminiscent of the Buena Vista Social Club. Enjoy authentic Cuban bites from local hot spot Rumba Cuban Kitchen and last but not least, taste through our award winning wines and be the first to try our 2016 Zinfandels straight from the barrel!

No buses, please.

 

Explore the Wine World at Peterson Winery

4791 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-431-0358

Set your senses sail as you explore the wine world’s varietals with the Peterson Family.  Local favorite, Spinster Sisters of Santa Rosa will be preparing small bites to accompany the wines, with the intention to transport you to the regions where these varietals originate; all set an acoustic soundtrack of worldly tunes.  Come explore the diversity Dry Creek Valley has to offer, all at Peterson Winery!

 

Springtime in Sicily at Martorana Family Winery

5956 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-1909

Celebrate springtime and be transported to Sicily at Martorana. We’re serving rustic Italian cuisine paired with our certified organically grown Martorana wines. You’ll also sample our organically grown Olio di Gio olive oil. Play a round of bocce ball with winemaker, Gio Martorana, and soak in the beautiful estate with live music. Treat yourself to a blissful chocolate and Cabernet Sauvignon pairing.

No buses, please.


We’ll be sending out weekly themes from now until Passport to Dry Creek Valley! Keep track of the wineries you’d like to get your Passport stamped at and plan the perfect weekend all in our Passport Itinerary Planner.

 

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Winter Weather – A Photo Blog

This winter weather in Dry Creek Valley has been anything but dry! But all that rain sure does make for beautiful and unique pictures. Don’t worry, the vines are dormant this time of year and the weather does not harm them (or your favorite wines!) in any way.

Our wineries and visitors have a great eye for the aesthetic and capturing the natural beauty of any season! Here are some of our favorites:

 

Our #california vines got the cold shoulder this morning… #brrr ❄

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Frost, fog & floods definitely sum up this winter & @DryCreekVineyard is seizing every picture-perfect moment.

 

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Foggy vineyards make a moody and dramatic scene at the Dry Creek Valley General Store (@dcgs1881).

 

When you can’t see where the trees begin in the creek – you know it’s been a wet winter! Thanks @TzabachoRanchoVineyards for this great shot.

 

(Check in on the real-time winter weather in Dry Creek Valley – visit our Geography & Climate page!)

 

Lush cover crops between rows of vines at @KokomoWinery provide nutrients to the soils AND gorgeous bursts of colors in this winter weather.

 

Staying warm with our new fire pit… come visit us at #ComstockWines !! #cheers #drycreekvalley #wine #vino #sonomacounty

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Who says white wine is just for summer drinking? The new fire pit at @ComstockWines is the perfect place to enjoy any Dry Creek wine!

 

That would put the pot of gold right in the middle of Vera’s Block Sauvignon Blanc…

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And to wrap up a gorgeous rainbow at @MillCreekWinery. Proof there is beauty to any storm!

 


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Olive Harvest in Dry Creek Valley

Dry Creek Valley may be world-renown for its delicious wines, but the same climate and terroir that create such beautiful grapes also are the perfect bedrock for many other crops. You may notice this in the variety of products (other than wine!) that many of Dry Creek Valley tasting rooms offer from day-to-day. One crop in particular grows exceptionally well in Dry Creek Valley and has been for 100+ years – and that is olives! You’ll find a wide diversity of trees such as Tuscan, Spanish and Greek covering acres across the Valley.

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The olive harvest in Dry Creek Valley typically begins directly following the grape harvest. Wineries who have olive trees get no rest until December – if they’re lucky! Wineries harvest these olives and use them to craft high quality olive oils only found locally.

The 2016 Olive Harvest in Dry Creek Valley was overall reported to be lighter than previous years due to drought like climate. But olives are an alternating-bearing crop so comparing to your previous harvest isn’t always an accurate tool to measure by. Here’s a wrap on harvest information from some of our most famous olive oil producers and our newest!


Comstock Wines

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Tracy and Saul Harvesting Olives at Comstock Wines!

The newest winery to the olive oil game is Comstock Wines. This is their first olive harvest in Dry Creek Valley! On their Dry Creek Valley estate, they have over 100 olive trees, mostly the Greek olive variety, Koroneiki, and Spanish variety, Arbequina. The Comstock team was able to harvest all 100 trees in just one day. Hospitality Director, Tracy Bidia said that it was a “fun team building day!” Visit the tasting room in the beginning of 2017 to try their olive oil first!

 

DaVero Farms & Winery

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The Crew Hard at Work Harvesting Olives at DaVero.

DaVero harvests 22 acres of olives on their estate and 5 acres from neighboring property at their Westside property. These olive trees were planted back in 1990 from cuttings that were imported directly from a Tuscan farm. This ancient olive grove is home to olive trees that are over 800 years old!  Olive trees take 25 years to reach full harvest, so DaVero’s trees are in their prime. In 2016 the olive harvest in Dry Creek Valley began for DaVero on October 14th but due to conflicting labor schedules, several rain delays, they are just finishing this week with a sigh of relief. DaVero olive oil is never better than when it is freshly pressed – so be sure to stop by soon to sample some of their acclaimed Olio Nuovo for a real treat.

 

Martorana Family Winery

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The Annual Olive Oil Winemaker Dinner at Martorana was a Tasty Success!

Over 340 Spanish and Italian olive trees line 35 acres of vineyards at Martorana Family Winery’s organic estate. These trees were planted by Tony Martorana back in the early 80s. All of these olives go into their exclusive Olio di Gio olive oil, named after their winemaker/owner Gio Martorana. Gio actually began making olive oil first in his career before deciding to become a winemaker. As a celebration of the new olive harvest, Martorana hosts an Olive Oil Winemaker Dinner each November and gives their members the chance to watch Gio press the harvested olives and taste the freshly pressed oil before a 5-course dinner curated around the current pressing of Olio di Gio – talk about an amazing meal!

 

A. Rafanelli Winery

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Ready for Pressing at Rafanelli

Since 2006 Rafanelli has planted over 1,600 olive trees located at the winery estate and more located on both north and south of the winery.  These groves have both Spanish and Italians varieties planted consisting of Leccino, Frantoi, Pendolino.  Much like Rafanelli’s Zinfandel grapes, there is a high standard for their olives! The trees are hand harvested every year, the olives cold pressed and then the oil is bottled to sell at the winery. This estate extra virgin oil is delicious for dipping, cooking and finishing dishes with. Currently the 2016 olive oil is settling – you’ll have to wait until 2017 to taste.

 

Trattore Farms

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Possibly the most recognized label of olive oil comes from Trattore Farms under the Dry Creek Olive Company label. All around Sonoma County you’ll see these olive oils on shelves and on menus. This year Trattore harvested from their 150+ year old trees for a very special olive oil soon to make its debut. Trattore houses nearly 5 acres of estate fruit and their very own custom olive mill that incorporates both tradition and modern olive oil making styles. Trattore opens its mills to the olive growing community during the olive harvest season during their Community Milling dates. In 2016, olive growers turned out in numbers for a chance to create community olive oil despite the pouring rain.

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Any time of year you can visit Trattore for an in depth lesson and tasting through their olive oils. They even offer perfect variety packs if you can’t choose your favorite!

 

Which Dry Creek Valley olive oil is your favorite? Let us know by tagging us  for a chance to be featured on our pages.

 

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Thanks to all of our wineries for sharing about their 2016 Olive Harvest in Dry Creek Valley!
Tracy Bidia at Comstock Wines / Colleen McGlynn at DaVero Farms & Winery / Andreanna DeForest & Gio Martorana at Martorana Family Winery / Shelly Rafanelli at A. Rafanelli Winery / Mary Louise Bucher at Trattore Farms

Celebrating Italian-American Culture Month

 “I am an Italian American. My roots are deep in an ancient soil, drenched by the Mediterranean sun, and watered by pure streams from snowcapped mountains. I am enriched by thousands of years of culture. My hands are those of the mason, the artist, the man of the soil.” – Angelo Bianchi, Esq., 1982


October celebrates many things: an end to winegrowers harvest season, a shift to cooler temperatures and the first rains of the season. It kicks off the holiday season with Halloween and Dia De Muertos. But we’re also celebrating Italian American Culture Month. Here in Dry Creek Valley, many wineries and families are rooted in Italian culture. You can notice it simply in the winery names as your drive through – Passalacqua, Forchini, Rafanelli, Teldeschi, Pedroncelli, Seghesio…the list continues.

We’ve found one of the most meaningful ways to celebrate not only Italian-American culture but all cultures is to make certain the stories of our families and their traditions are kept alive. Passing these stories along to our readers ensures a continuing legacy and is just one facet to maintain the rich history and stories you’ll find in Dry Creek Valley. We reached out to a couple of these family owned wineries for Italian American Culture Month to ask them about simple stories of family, food and wine. We present them to you in their own words:

Jim Forchini – Forchini Vineyards & Winery

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“My full name is James Franklin Forchini; I am a second generation Italian born in 1938 in Bakersfield, CA. I was named after my paternal grandfather Giacomo Forchini and former president Franklin Roosevelt.  My maternal grandparents were Pietro Bernacchi and Artemia Barggetini who both came from Tuscany in the region of Luca.  My paternal grandparents were Giacomo Forchini and Severina DiGiorgis who came from the regions of Piedmonte & Lombardy in northern Italy. They immigrated to the US in the early 1900s in search for a better life & opportunity.

ia-forchini-bBoth of my grandparents made family wines in Italy & CA.  Our family was centered in Bakersfield where my father was from a family of 8 and my mother from a family of 5.  My father came north during WW2 and was a welder at Mare Island Naval Shipyards then worked in a Ford dealership after the war and later owed a service station in the Bay Area.  Working for my father in the gas station on cars led me to a degree in mechanical engineering and my first career.  I spent however a lot of time with my maternal grandfather as a young boy during the summers and he was a major influence in my second career as a winegrower & winemaker.

Our family daily meals growing up were simple Italian cuisine with dishes of pasta, polenta, risotto, meats, vegetables, fish, salads & soups. For the Holidays we would assemble as many relatives as possible and prepare fancier Italian cuisine featuring handmade ravioli, gnocchi, prime rib roasts, various antipasti & seafood salads.  Wine was always on the table but nothing fancy.  They were dry red & white table wines either homemade or wines purchased in gallon jugs even on the Holidays.  Food was always prepared by the women in the family but the men would BBQ the meats when served.

ia-forchini-cI discovered premium wines after transferring jobs from Southern California to Northern California in 1963.   The 1st premium wines I purchased were from Sebastiani and Pedroncelli.

I made my 1st homemade wine in 1969 with friends using grapes from a vineyard owned by one of my friend’s father.  My amateur winemaking interest continued to grow that led me to purchase an old vineyard in 1971. In 1976  after 15 years of engineering I started a 2nd career as a winegrower.  In 1996 I built our winery and became a commercial winemaker.   I am grateful to my Italian heritage and family genes for the values and work ethics taught me that led to my 2nd career as a winemaker.”

Forchini Vineyards & Winery, 5141 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg.

 

Julie Pedroncelli St. John – Pedroncelli Winery

ia-pedroncelli-1My full name is, “Julie Renee Pedroncelli St. John; I was named after my mom’s best friend Juliette. My grandmother’s name was Julia so I like to think it was a blend of the two; no not until later in high school and college when it was JP or Jules.

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I grew up in the house my dad and his family grew up in since 1927. My grandparents came here and bought acreage (25 acres of vineyard), a defunct winery (prohibition) and a home-which we now call World Headquarters for Pedroncelli Winery Inc. The family home became our offices in the early 1980s, my office is actually my old bedroom I shared with my sister Joanna. Happily I don’t have to share it with anyone now.

 

4-family-bbq-late40s-to-50s[Dinners] usually included a grandparent or two and depending on the time of year also included garden fresh vegetables and fruit. Weeknights we always sat down to dinner together. Sundays were reserved for the bigger family dinners with aunts and uncles. My mom did the cooking-unless it was a BBQ then my dad grilled. Holidays were different because they always included special and delicious foods like homemade ravioli, risotto or polenta. There were many huge feasts usually alfresco during the summertime in the 1950s (before I was born) but when my grandparents retired in the mid-1960s these turned into smaller family dinners.

Recently we have revived those Sunday afternoon meals with family down on our Dry Creek property-those who can make it come and bring a favorite dish and there’s always something tasty on the grill.”

Pedroncelli Winery, 1220 Canyon Rd, Geyserville, CA.


How are you celebrating Italian American Culture Month? Share with us on our social channels using #drycreekvalley or by tagging us at:

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Dry Creek Valley is celebrated for being home to wineries that are family owned and have rich history just like Jim Forchini & Julie Pedroncelli. Plan your own Italian American Culture Month tour on our winery page.

Many thanks to Jim & Julie for sharing their stories with us for this blog!


Harvest 2016 – A Photo Essay

Harvest 2016 is in full swing in Dry Creek Valley – we’ve seen everything from chardonnay to petite sirah starting to come in. Here in Sonoma County we’ve been seeing consistently cool mornings where the fog lingers until afternoon. While cool weather is a nice break for the vineyard laborers, it definitely slows down the sugar development in the grapes. Even though Dry Creek Valley is only 16 miles long, location and microclimate means that grapes ripen at different rates. Whether you’re in the north end of the valley (where it’s typically warmer) or in the south can make all the difference!

For more detailed information about Dry Creek Valley’s harvest, check out our 2016 Harvest page.

For this year’s photo essay, we took to Instagram for inspiration by searching #drycreekvalley & #scharvest.


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Michel-Schlumberger starts juicing their top grapes to produce 2016 Platinum Chardonnay

 

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Comstock Wines brings in their Estate Zinfandel

 

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Looks like grapes aren’t the only thing ripe! Tasty Lemon Cucumbers have arrived at Pedroncelli Winery

 

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Look at the gorgeous color on Mill Creek Winery’s future double gold winning Gewurtztraminer

 

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Mauritson Wines is in full harvest mode – excited to share with you this 2016 vintage

 

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First Fruit by the Truckloads for Peterson Winery’s Zinfandel

 

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Mounts Winery bringing in Roussanne for their Verah label

 

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The last of Dry Creek Vineyard’s 2016 Sauvignon Blanc has been harvested

For predictions about this knockout vintage and more on Dry Creek Valley’s harvest, check out our 2016 Harvest page.


Updates are coming daily from your favorite Dry Creek Valley Wineries – make sure you stay in the know:

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Use the hashtags #drycreekvalley & #scharvest when searching for the latest Harvest 2016 news!

Photo Credits to These Awesome Instagram Accounts:
@brtny_elyse / @m_schlumberger / @supercallafrajalistick / @Peterson_Winery /
@PedroncelliWine / @ComstockWines / @mountswinery / @drycreekvineyard

Veraison – The Final Haul to Harvest

Veraison: the onset of ripening and the change of color of the grape berries. The term is originally French (véraison), but has been adopted into English use.


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We’ve reached a beautiful turning point here in Dry Creek Valley – veraison. With this change in color, eager winegrowers and winemakers can see the culmination of the previous 9-months transform into the 2016 vintage. Excited to sneak a peek, we asked our vineyard members, Bob & Joyce Littell of Treborce Vineyards if we could come learn more about the process. Treborce Vineyards is home to beautiful gardens, 2 German Shorthaired Pointers (Woody & Dee Dee) and acres of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah that are used in many highly regarded and award winning wines in the industry. To learn more about Treborce Vineyards, you can visit our past interview with them from 2014.

On the tour Bob Littell first stops in his Petite Sirah vineyard, which boasts nearly purple bunches. In comparison to his Zinfandel grapes, they are further ahead in this transformation. More typically, Sauvignon Blanc is the first to greet veraison and the first to be harvested, while Zinfandel takes more time on the vine to develop its rich and deep flavors. In this case, Petite Sirah falls somewhere in the middle.

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Interesting to note though is that some of Littell’s Zinfandel vines, in the same block, for that matter, aren’t all at the same veraison point yet. Some vines are 12% changing and others are well over 75%. There are many factors that contribute to this and growers like Littell go through many tests to see what the vines may be lacking or getting too much of and how to adjust accordingly. Vines seem to have their own unique personality just like the growers and winemakers of Dry Creek Valley.

Veraison doesn’t just affect the color of the grapes, but also the texture and taste. The grapes will get juicier and more voluptuous. And the fruit will get sweeter and more complex. In the vineyard we sampled some grapes, still sour but getting closer to world class wines and worlds different from the green grapes yet to begin the veraison process.

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Littell hopes for a more bountiful harvest this year than last which was about 30% lower than average. The increase in rain was great for vine growth. The 2016 Vintage has so far been a great growing year and has many winemaker’s mouths watering with anticipation. And the winegrowers are gearing up for harvest just around the corner. You can find Treborce Vineyard grapes in many recognized Dry Creek Valley labels such as Wilson Winery and Mauritson Family Vineyards.

Stay tuned. Our next stop – harvest!

Thanks and gratitude to Bob and Joyce Littell for welcoming us into their vineyards and for always being  a wealth of knowledge on all things wine and Dry Creek Valley.

 


In the Vineyard with Richard Rued

In honor of upcoming Father’s Day, we decided to focus our In the Vineyard on a man with deep Dry Creek Valley roots, Richard Rued. On a perfectly sunny and breezy morning in June, we sat down with both him and his wife, Dee, at Rued Winery for an update on their vineyards and a deeper dive into his family’s history.


All About the Family: The Rueds

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Steve (left), Paul (on tractor), Richard (back right), Tom (center) & Tyler (lab) Rued

Richard’s great-grandfather, Henry, first came to Northern California in the late 1800s from Switzerland, and planted grapes in Russian River Valley. Henry moved his entire family here in 1890 to a property in Alexander Valley. Both of these locations had vineyards, but were uprooted during Prohibition to plant mostly apples and prunes. The Alexander Valley property was also a small working dairy ranch and the perfect place to raise the Rued family.

It wasn’t until 1957 that the Rueds bought their first Dry Creek Valley property. Richard had taken this new property as a venture for FFA (Future Farmers of America) in High School by growing the family’s first Dry Creek Valley grapes.

Richard remembers getting off the bus from school and going straight to work on their ranch. It was his responsibility to bring in the sheep – a task that his father, Paul, would help him with in a slightly unconventional way. You see, on their property was a small airport. Paul would take Richard up in a plane to search for wherever the sheep were that day so that Richard could ride his horse directly to the flock and not have to spend hours searching. Richard still remembers the steep ascent fondly as time well spent with his dad.

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Both Richard and his wife, Dee, still live in Dry Creek Valley. They have two sons – Steve & Tom, who were both raised in the Valley and now work in the wine business. Tom works in the vineyards with Richard and Steve is the winemaker for the Rueds’ family label – Rued Winery. The label is relatively new with their first vintage in 2000 with their winery and tasting room opening just 10-years ago in 2006. Their wine is a testament to the family’s history of working the ground for many years and are true to the vineyard the grapes were grown in.

In a world of corporate wine – Richard and Dee believe that it’s just as important as ever to keep family wineries around. They both feel pressure as land values increase. The Rueds feel that small production, family style wine has a better value and tastes more authentic. Dee feels that it’s important for guests to see families with a deep history, someone who is living their passion as a way of means, and has been for years. “Most wineries in Dry Creek, when visitors show up, they can almost always talk to an owner, compared to Napa, where you’ll hardly ever see it,” says Richard. “People seem to enjoy talking to us.”

For more Dry Creek Dad’s – check out our Father’s Day blog!


In the Vineyard

In the Vineyard April to June

In Dry Creek Valley, the Rueds have 70 acres including: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, and Zinfandel which according to Richard are seeing a great year so far. This year the vines are really growing due to the increase of water they received during winter and the spring rains. The previous drought years were a means for concern, but this year’s growth is a great sign and gives Richard hope for the 2016 vintage.
“Vines are doing good. They look good!” states Richard. Blooms came a little quick this year, but Rued feels that the timing standard has been consistently inching earlier.  His Chardonnay vineyard, planted in 1990, just behind the tasting room, must be nearly 7-feet tall. Bunches of grapes are full and are starting to get tighter.

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What’s next for these vines? The Rueds are anticipating an early harvest in August, but have fingers crossed for September. For these Sauvginon Blanc & Chardonnay grapes, they are harvested first and earliest in the day. White grapes due better when picked in cooler temperatures.

A very big thank you to Richard and Dee for taking the time to sit and talk with us about their family and vines. It’s members like these that make the Dry Creek Valley rich and rooted in values that we hold near and dear. And a very Happy Father’s Day to all!

For daily updates on all of our Dry Creek Valley wineries and vineyards, follow us on Instagram at @drycreekvalleywines and be sure to like us on Facebook @drycreekvalley to keep up to date on all that’s happening!

 

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Dry Creek Valley by Bike

For National Physical Fitness month – we’re celebrating Dry Creek Valley style – by bike! There’s a number of you who have had the chance to sit early morning at the Dry Creek Valley General Store – the air is crisp and the sun is burning off the valley fog. Over a century of agricultural and family history are ever present on the deck of the only commercial building in the Valley.

As you take a sip of your freshly brewed coffee and look at your Dry Creek Valley Map to plan your day, a group of bicyclers come to a rest at one of the five stop signs in the valley and you think to yourself, “what a great way to enjoy the beauty. I’ll have to do that someday.”

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This article is to help you turn that someday, into this weekend or the next. With local bike companies like Wine Country Bikes & Spoke Folk Cyclery it’s simple to rent and the perfect start to your wine country adventure. You can even schedule your own guided tour! We’re highlighting the perfect winery stops along the way. Dry Creek Valley is the perfect bike ride whatever your skill level.

Suggestions for your Dry Creek Valley Bike Tour

From town you can take the short bike ride over to Dry Creek Road and the adventure begins! Slight hills give your legs the right amount of tingle and the fresh air fills your lungs as adrenaline starts to build. Your view expands as you cycle through the vineyards until all you can see are the endless rows of undisturbed beauty. Peddling past numerous wineries and the thought of tasting on your return ride makes your mouth water.

From town you can take the short bike ride over to Dry Creek Road and the adventure begins! Cycle through the vineyards until all you can see are the endless rows of undisturbed beauty.

 

Dutcher Crossing Winery

Doesn’t it make sense to start your tasting at Dutcher Crossing – whose label is adorned with an old fashioned bicycle? If you don’t start here because of the irony, do it for the beautiful wines. If you brought a picnic lunch with you, Dutcher Crossing has a beautiful Picnic Area for guests with sweeping views of estate vineyards. Proprietor Debra Mathy knows how to treat her wine club, signing up will not leave you disappointed.

Doesn’t it make sense to start your tasting at Dutcher Crossing – whose label is adorned with an old fashioned bicycle? If you don’t start here because of the irony, do it for the beautiful wines. If you brought a picnic lunch with you, Dutcher Crossing has a beautiful Picnic Area for guests with sweeping views of estate vineyards. Proprietor Debra Mathy knows how to treat her wine club, signing up will not leave you disappointed.

 

Zichichi Family Vineyard

After you’ve enjoyed your lunch at Dutcher, continue heading south to Yoakim Bridge where you’ll take the right to Zichichi for barrel tasting of their estate wines. The perfect spot for a bike ride, as all wines are sold as futures, so you won’t need to take up space in your bag and you’ll have one more reason to come back. Family owned and operated, each wine is traditionally blended delivering bold, full flavored profiles.

After you’ve enjoyed your lunch at Dutcher, continue heading south to Yoakim Bridge where you’ll take the right to Zichichi Family Vineyard for barrel tasting of their estate wines. The perfect spot for a bike ride, as all wines are sold as futures, so you won’t need to take up space in your bag and you’ll have one more reason to come back. Family owned and operated, each wine is traditionally blended delivering bold, full flavored profiles.

 

Chateau Diana

Heading back to Dry Creek Road, head south to Chateau Diana for beautiful grounds and a fun atmosphere that will lift your spirits mid-ride. With a wide variety of wines in a variety of price ranges, Chateau Diana has something for any wine lover. Not to mention their wine slushees are guaranteed to cool you down on a hot day.

Heading back to Dry Creek Road, head south to Chateau Diana for beautiful grounds and a fun atmosphere that will lift your spirits mid-ride. With a wide variety of wines in a variety of price ranges, Chateau Diana has something for any wine lover. Not to mention their wine slushees are guaranteed to cool you down on a hot day.

 

Amista Vineyards

Bubbles are the quintessential refreshment after a long day of biking don’t they? You need to stop at Dry Creek Valley’s main sparkling wine producer, Amista, for your last stop in the valley. Their Blanc de Blanc provides a refreshing and crisp libation. Not to mention you’re surrounded by their gorgeous Morningsong Vineyards. Join their wine club and get to taste their limited release Sparkling Grenache.

Bubbles are the quintessential refreshment after a long day of biking. You need to stop at Dry Creek Valley’s main sparkling wine producer, Amista Vineyards, for your last stop in the valley. Their Blanc de Blanc provides a refreshing and crisp libation. Not to mention you’re surrounded by their gorgeous Morningsong Vineyards. Join their wine club and you get to taste their limited release Sparkling Grenache.

 

Winding down your day, cycle back into town. After you return your bicycle you’ll be surrounded by many more tasting rooms or, if it’s time for dinner, world-renowned restaurants.

Winding down your day, cycle back into town. After you return your bicycle you’ll be surrounded by many more tasting rooms or, if it’s time for dinner, world-renowned restaurants.

With over 60+ wineries, each Dry Creek Valley bike ride proves to be a new adventure of meeting winemakers and tasting wines. Amazing experience guaranteed in Dry Creek Valley. Download Spoke Folk’s Bike Map and visit our Interactive Winery Map to get started!

Be sure to share with us your favorite Dry Creek Valley by Bike Itinerary by tagging us Facebook/Twitter: @drycreekvalley and Instagram @drycreekvalleywines.


Learn More About Bike Rentals and Guided Tours in Healdsburg at these Local Establishments:

www.winecountrybikes.com

www.spokefolk.com

 


Passport to Dry Creek Valley 2016 Photo Recap

We had an amazing weekend celebrating the 27th annual Passport to Dry Creek Valley with you and 48 wineries! Each year, our community of vintners and growers come together – eager to share the best of our agricultural bounty with you. We are honored to serve guests from all over the country and take pride that you share your weekend with us. We hope you had as much fun as we did.

We loved seeing all your photos using the hashtag #DCVPassport and wish we could highlight them all as we received hundreds of tags over the weekend. We’re reminiscing in pictures to tide us over until next year’s festivities. We can’t wait to see you in 2017. Here are some highlights from the event:

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We’re still craving these Sriracha Shrimp from Dutcher Crossing.

 

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Passport is the perfect occasion to catch up with friends and mingle with winemakers!

 

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Did ye follow the bagpipes to Fritz Underground Winery to party with these tartan clad lassies?

 

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Stop for a #selfie at beautiful #Fritz – Best #DCVPassport yet!

 

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Time to head over to Martorana for more Passport tradition and fun.

 

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Your’s and mine glasses filled with Dry Creek Valley Chardonnay & Zinfandel.

 

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A little rain on Friday, but other than that the weekend boasted perfect weather for all the festivities.

 

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Flamenco at Mazzocco – what a combination!

 

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This spicy Cajun jambalaya was the perfect pairing with Wilson’s award winning Zinfandel.

 

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We saw so many picture-perfect opportunities at Passport and couldn’t miss this one.

 

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A textbook photo-bomb at Wilson – we see you!

 

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And we’ll be seeing YOU next year for Passport!

 

SAVE THE DATE: PASSPORT 2017 is APRIL 29th & 30th

To view the entire gallery – visit our Passport to Dry Creek Valley page!


Last Round of Winery Themes for 2016 Passport

Passport to Dry Creek Valley – Last Round of Themes Revealed!

We made it! With this round of themes we feature our wineries and tasting rooms in the town of Healdsburg. You now are fully prepared to plan your Passport Weekend.

Download all of these descriptions in this printable PDF and then head over to our Interactive Itinerary Planner to start planning. Don’t forget to schedule in a Vineyard Tour either!

 

Manzanita Creek Winery

Sip and savor award-winning wines paired with tapas, Spanish style small plates, at Manzanita Creek!  Enjoy our great our wines, warm hospitality, and exclusive specials on current release and reserve wines.   Our warehouse winery will be your getaway to Spain for Passport – join us at our friendly and fun filled tasting room!

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Seghesio Family Vineyards

Get your Passport stamped at Seghesio Family Vineyards where you will be transported to the largest islanda in the Mediterranean… Sicily!! Just off the toe of Italy’s boot. Celebrate with us in our historic grove with live music, bocce ball, and of course a Sicilian inspired food and wine extravaganza!

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Want to win a large format bottle of Seghesio’s Old Vine Zinfandel?

Purchase a $5 raffle ticket for a chance to win this and other great Passport prizes!

 

Selby Winery

Indulge your senses down on the Bayou!  Join us as we reveal the mysteries of the swamps, marshes and “joie de vivre” of Louisiana.  Fest-goers will experience cuisine prepared by famous Chef Donelon of New Orleans who will pair our Dry Creek Valley Reserves with Crawfish Cornbread, Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya, and Alligator Sauce Piquant.  Included in your adventure is Cajun music, magic, dancers and fortune tellers.  Laissez les bon temps rouler!

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Roadhouse Winery

Join Roadhouse as we roll back the decades to the 70’s & 80’s with our fully equipped Disco! The Fog billows between the barrels the music thumps and the Disco lights flash to the classics from our local DJ! Put on your dancing shoes jump on the stage and sample our lineup of Gold Medal 90+ point Pinot Noirs, Dry Creek Zin & Cab along with gourmet Mac & Cheese . You Should Be Dancing!  Open Late!

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Malm Cellars

Come join us as we celebrate another great year with passport. Bring your cowboy boots and a big appetite as we fire up the grill just outside the Healdsburg square. With a live country band playing enjoy some great wine and good old fashioned bbq.

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Blanchard Family Wines

Take a trip back with us to the British Invasion of Rock and Roll, as we welcome Sonoma County’s own, the Pepperland band, as they explore the music of the greatest pop group of all time, the Beatles! We will be pouring our exclusive wines, new releases and even unfinished wines out of the barrel.  And keeping in theme, the wines will pair with delicious British Pub Grub treats.

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Any of the above themes seem spark a “don’t miss” in your book? Add them to your virtual planner where you can map out your entire Passport adventure in one place. You can find our virtual itinerary planner here.


 

To read more about Passport to Dry Creek Valley visit our events page!

 

There are still a few Prelude to Passport lunches and dinners left – don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to meet your favorite winemakers over a great meal. Learn more here.

 

Sunday only Passports are sold-out and the remainder of 2-Days are going quickly! Be sure to buy your tickets soon so you don’t miss out on this amazing event! Click here for tickets.