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Today in Dry Creek Valley, you’re on the path to becoming a zinfandel expert. Thanks to the diverse terroir, zinfandel in the valley comes with a wide variety of expressions and flavors, so you’re sure to find one to fit your palate.
Many of the original families continue to farm the vineyards, with successive generations producing world-class wines based on the traditions of their fathers and grandfathers. This itinerary highlights a handful of wineries that we feel can best introduce you to the diversity of Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel.
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Our first stop is the acclaimed Ferrari-Carano. This nationally recognized brand makes its home in intimate Dry Creek Valley. Founded in 1981, Ferrari-Carano is a slice of luxury in Dry Creek Valley. This facility is used to produce mainly Ferrari-Carano’s white varietals, while their red producing facility is located over the hill in Alexander Valley. But no need to make two trips – you’ll find all of their wonderful wines available to taste in both indoor and outdoor tasting rooms. Or visit their Enoteca room for Reserve & Limited Release bottles with dramatic cellar views.
Their Dry Creek Valley Estate Zinfandel is a lush, complex and fruity that will pair with anything you can grill. This wine is juicy while still peppery, earthy and delicious. A quintessential wine for any season and at $28, an incredible value so you can stock up!
Cast Wines grows and produces handmade wines in limited quantities using old-world techniques highlighting the best of Sonoma County. Their tasting room provides a warm, friendly, romantic, low pressure, relaxing venue for our guests to enjoy all wines and fall in love with the magical, sweeping view of Dry Creek Valley.
At Cast they make two zinfandels in different styles. Their Grey Palm Vineyard Zinfandel is an easy drinking, bright, reach-for-it-now wine. The second is their Old Vine Zinfandel from Watson Vineyard which is the epitome of Dry Creek Zinfandel. With the Old Vine you’ll notice concentrated flavors and a well-balanced palate. When visiting their tasting room, you’ll get the chance to taste both. Our suggestion? Ask to try them side by side to hone your skills in detecting the subtle nuances of this distinguished grape.
Heading north towards Lake Sonoma you’ll reach a “must stop” in Dry Creek Valley – Sbragia Family Vineyards. Perched atop a hill ten miles north of downtown Healdsburg, the winery serves fine wines with some of the finest views of Dry Creek Valley.
The Sbragia family has been in the area since 1904. Third generation vintner Ed Sbragia grew up in wine country and became well known as a Winemaster at Beringer Vineyards, where he began working in the 1970s. In 2001, Ed formed his own label, Sbragia Family Vineyards. Today, Ed’s son Adam Sbragia is the family winemaker, continuing the family tradition of big, rich, balanced and polished wines. Sbragia’s Dry Creek Valley wines showcase a classically Californian winemaking style and a reverence for the land. Beyond their excellent zinfandel offerings, enjoy opulent chardonnay, juicy merlot, and structured cabernet sauvignon.
Next stop is a Dry Creek Valley tradition and also the first new winery to open post-prohibition. In its 45th anniversary year, a trip to the valley wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Stare family. If you’re a fan of Dry Creek Valley’s other signature varietal, Sauvignon Blanc, you have their founder, David Stare, Dry Creek pioneer to thank.
Their wine list contains countless white and red varietals, ranging from: sauvignon blanc & zinfandel to malbec, red blends and delectable dessert wines. We find their diverse list of Dry Creek Valley Zinfandels to be incredible! Vineyard specific, old vine, even down to the clone makes this one of our favorite places to explore the range of zins. One of our favorites is their 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel which is complex yet refined and balanced with the potential to age until 2023.
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