Dry Creek Vineyard
It seems odd that a winery named Dry Creek should have sailboats on all its labels, but that’s the signature icon on each bottle produced by Dry Creek Vineyard (3770 Lambert Bridge Rd., Healdsburg, 800/864-9463, www.drycreekvineyard.com, daily 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., $5–15). This mid-sized winery focuses much effort within its own appellation (Dry Creek, of course), producing many single-vineyard wines from grapes grown within a few miles of the estate.
Other wines include grapes from the Russian River Valley appellation. Dry Creek prides itself on both its classic California varietals such as Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Merlot, and on occasionally hopping out of that box and producing something unusual, like a Musque, a Chenin Blanc, or a Sauternes-style dessert wine.
Try as many as you can when you enter the ivy-covered tasting room, styled after a French chateau.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition