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Category: Dry Creek Valley

Pedroncelli Winery

Pedroncelli Winery is much like the old guy at the end of the block. But instead of yelling, “Hey, you kids get off my lawn,” he’s handing you a glass of Sangiovese and saying, “Here, have a glass.” That’s Pedroncelli. I’m really not kidding when I say Pedroncelli is old. The winery celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2017, having not moved from it’s same location…

Ramazzotti Wines

Much of the wine world can thank the French. After all, it’s how we got the bottle sizes we have today, much of the grapes, styles and the overall general wine vibe can be traced back to France. But while the French raised wine onto pedestal levels not seen before, it’s the Italians that really make wine approachable and inviting. They created their own bottle,…

Fritz Underground Winery

Ok. I give up. Where’s the winery? No seriously. Where is it? If you’re cruising around Dry Creek, you’re probably not going to find this winery just on a whim. To complicate things, it’s truly underground, with the entire operations being housed inside of a mountain. And you thought NORAD was the only company buried underground. Welcome to Fritz Underground Winery. As much as I…

Comstock Wines

Comstock wasn’t originally on my radar. In fact, it wasn’t on anyone’s radar up until a few years ago. These days I tend to spend more time in the northern end of the valley, which would lead me to exit off of Canyon or Lytton Springs road. So even when Comstock appeared, I pretty much didn’t know of its existence because I wasn’t even passing…

Mauritson Wines

I didn’t know what to expect from Mauritson Wines, except for the fact that at least one of their wines would be from Rockpile, a newly designated American Viticultural Area (AVA) residing on the northern end of Lake Sonoma. At least that’s what the brochure said. That was just the start to a larger world I had no idea existed. Welcome to Mauritson. It’s really…

Nalle Winery

Don’t blink as you drive along Dry Creek Road towards the southern end of the valley. There’s a sign sitting quietly off to the eastern side of the road. Granted, it did get an upgrade fairly recently, but it’s still quiet by comparison to others along the main road. Just to the side of the sign is an unpaved road and a small locked bar…

Cast Wines

Wait. “Am I in Dry Creek or the Russian River Valley?” I thought to myself as I sat there examining my glass of sparkling wine while deciding which of the two flights of wine to taste. You can get a glass of bubbly in the valley? Now that’s a treat I didn’t expect. Welcome to Cast. Cast Winery is located on the northern end of…

Frick Winery

To say that Frick Winery is a hidden gem is an understatement. The winery has a single sign on the main road leading up to the winery measuring maybe a square foot, if that. Chances are good to great you’ve even driven past it on your way into Dry Creek by way of Canyon Rd. Yet, you’d be missing out on a diamond in the…

Trattore Farms

The Grenache grape is one of my favorites. It’s beautiful, seductive and nearly impossible to find in the new world on it’s own. Yet this winery not only has the Grenache on it’s wine menu but it comes in eosé as well. Hello Trattore farms. Great to meet you. There is probably one person more passionate than me about the Grenache grape. That man is…