CabERNET

JUST LIKE THE BEST PINOTS ARE GROWN IN THE RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY...

 

...and the best Zinfandels in the Dry Creek Valley, I'll hand it to Napa for their Cabs.

If you love Cab, Dry Creek & Alexander Valley lend a softer, more approachable influence to this big varietal. 

 

Aperture Cellars*

A father/son venture. 

Jesse Katz [Award-winning Winemaker] + Andy Katz [Sony sponsored, award-winning photographer's labels] create an incredible tasting experience in a stunningly modern, upscale, Architecture Digest acclaimed tasting room in the Russian River Valley. 

It's bougey. 

 ~appointment only

12291 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg, CA

(707) 200-7891

hospitality@aperture-cellars.com

 

A. Rafanelli*

This humble, rustic, family-owned winery has been making premium zin, cab and merlot for four generations. You can't buy it anywhere but at the winery or from a restaurant wine list. This place is AWESOME. Quintessential Dry Creek Valley wine. It's an absolute must. ~appointment only

4685 West Dry Creek Rd., Healdsburg, CA

(707) 433-1385

arafanelliwinery.com

 

Jordan Winery*

Taste award winning chardonnay and cab in a French chateau in the Alexander Valley. Incredible property and an intensive tasting and tour. If you want a special tasting experience, make an appointment here.

 1474 Alexander Valley Rd, Healdsburg, CA

(707) 431-5250

jordanwinery.com

Lambert Bridge Winery

An awesome crew pours some delicious Bordeaux-varietals at this quintessential Dry Creek Valley tasting room.

Either pop in for a tasting, or call for an appointment to taste the reserves.

Great place to buy a bottle (or 4) and picnic!

 4085 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, CA

(800) 975-0555

lambertbridge.com

Michel Schlumberger*

Schlumberger combines excellent wine and people with a truly educational experience. I love taking virgin wine-tasters here first to give them some background on how wine is made from the soil, to pest-management to the glass.

 4155 Wine Creek Road, Healdsburg, CA

(707) 433-7427

michelschlumberger.com

Passalacqua Winery*

Tasting on a beautiful porch on a sunny day or in a fireplace-lit tasting room on cool days. Stunning views and great staff.

Appointment only (@ 11 am, 12:30 pm, & 2 pm daily, and an additional appointment @ 3:30 pm on Friday, Saturday & Sunday). Call or reserve online here.

3805 Lambert Bridge Road, Healdsburg, CA
(877) 825-5547

passalacquawinery.com

Paul Hobbs*

Exclusive, award-winning, expensive pinots made by one of the most meticulous wine-makers in the region.

Their tasting room is stunning. I could live there.

 Appointment only, Mon-Fri (That's right...only during the week...)

707.824.9879 

paulhobbswinery.com

Silver Oak Winery*

Silver Oak has two tasting rooms. One in Napa. One in Alexander Valley. They are beautiful. I'm partial to the Alexander Valley location, since my roots are in Sonoma County. They do an interesting side-by-side tasting of their Napa vs SoCo cabs. If you are a lover of things cabernet, definitely go here. Brand new tasting room being built that will open soon. (They're closing their Alexander Valley tasting room June 25 to prepare for their move...)

 24625 Chianti Rd, Geyserville, CA

(707) 942-7082

silveroak.com/wines/alexander

*Apppointment Only