FUN FACT: IF IT WEREN'T FOR WHITE-ZIN...
(the queen of bulk, boxed wine made popular in the 80's), (my parents had a box on their counter all the time...I'll admit it!), we wouldn't have the coveted old-vine zinfandel vines that make Dry Creek Valley famous.
Zinfandel thrives in this hot climate. And our local wine-makers know what to do with it...
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
Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves
A seriously stunning property with some of the most friendly staff and HUGE zins. They're so big that I'm drinking mine that I bought 8 years ago and they're amazing. Great place to picnic, take photos and sit in the sun. Cool cave...and I mean cool--bring a sweater. Love this place.
9711 West Dry Creek Rd., Healdsburg, CA
(866) 57-BELLA/ (866-572-3552)
Limerick Lane Cellars*
The oldest Zinfandel-producing vines in the valley are grown and farmed by Limerick Lane.
Call or reserve online here.
1023 Limerick Lane, Healdsburg, CA,
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
Seghesio Family Winery
Some of the oldest Zinfandel vines in the county belong to the Seghesio family. This was a family-owned winery that sold a few years ago to a large corporation. I was nervous they'd lose themselves...but so far they've preserved their quality and style, with Ted Seghesio still at their wine-making helm. Their Sonoma Zin remains my favorite "daily drinker" (value wine) for over a decade now. Very fun spot featuring Italian varietals and an entire menu of Zinfandel. Bocce courts and picnic grounds. A nice spot to end your day of tasting.
14730 Grove St, Healdsburg, CA
The Martinelli family has been growing grapes in Sonoma County since the late 1800's. Their finer wines are mostly available exclusively to their mailing list--and it's a worthy list to join. Some of the best wines I've ever poured are made by Martinelli.
3360 River Rd. Windsor, CA
Small producer of Pinot Noir and Zinfandel near Forestville.
5700 River Rd, Santa Rosa, CA