Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley is anything but dry these days, with charming vineyards to discover and loads of intriguing vintages to taste
September 14, 2016
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Sbragia Family Vineyards
Ten miles outside downtown Healdsburg are the Sbragia Family Vineyards. The family’s winemaking roots stretch back into the 19th century, and across the ocean to Tuscany. Today the family grows Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes on 47 acres in the Dry Creek Valley. The Sbragias go big; sample a bold flight any day of the week at the (dog friendly) winery tasting room.www.sbragia.com, 9990 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville; 707/473-2992.
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When the first Mauritson started making wine in the Dry Creek Valley in 1884, he shipped all of it back to family in Sweden. Luckily, the family now realizes California is a pretty good place to sell wine, too. Visit the winery in Healdsburg for a flight any day of the week with no reservations necessary. For a more intimate experience, book a private tasting in the cellar, where you’ll meet the winemakers and get a lot more individual attention.
At Rued Wines, you’re quite likely to be greeted by an actual member of the Rued family, who have been tilling this land for over 100 years. The Classic Tasting experience includes an introduction to their acclaimed Chardonnay and several red varieties as well. Private tours, a remarkable buy, include a hike among the vines, barrel samples, flights, and perfectly paired cheeses. Tip: Bring a lunch to enjoy on the patio. Then purchase the Picnic on the Patio tasting option. This includes the classic flight plus a full glass to enjoy on the deck with your meal. www.ruedwinery.com; 3850 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg; 707/433-3261.