Fun Miscellany

Passport to Dry Creek Valley Weekend

Each year during the last weekend in April the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley in Northern California join together to showcase the region’s finest wines. These wines are paired with epicurean delights and this weekend is a must for our group of friends who travel from Boston, St Louis, NYC and San Francisco to enjoy great wines, fabulous food and each others company. Here are some of the highlights from our Passport to Dry Creek Valley weekend.

Stephen & Walker At Stephen & Walker we enjoyed the 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Coast with Hog Island Oysters, and loved the 2008 Zinfandel paired with the wood fired pizza.

Lambert Bridge Here we sampled the 2009 Bevill Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc paired with Chilled Thai Chicken Mince in Endive Leaves. The big thrill for me was to meet the Assistant Winemaker, Sasha Fair – An Australian Chick like me! Sasha was very gracious and happily posed for this photo with Gary and Mark. Wood fired-pizzas were a popular pairing this weekend as Lambert Bridge also served a wood fired pizza – Sonoma County Quattro Formaggio, Fresh Oregano, Fra’Mani Lardo Pizza – in a word “superb”!





Mauritson Wines The single-vineyard Rockpile wines were fabulous and paired with tasty morsels. We clearly had a fun time here!


One of the aspects of this weekend we most love is getting to meet some of the winemakers themselves. We had the privilege of meeting several during our meanderings around Dry Creek Valley and they are truly fabulous people who have a great passion for what they do.  Two of the winemakers we spent time with were Barry Collier of Collier Falls and Gerry Forth  from Forth Vineyards. We have for many years enjoyed the Zinfandels from Collier Falls and the Syrahs and Rose from Forth so it was great to meet the winemakers.






Manzanita Creek is a favorite with our group. They are located in what Aussies would call a ‘shed’ and their  motto is “Great Wines, No Scenery, Never Boring”. Their wines are intense and we particularly like the 2007 Zinfandel Stealth which is described as “exploding fruit” and likened to a “bomb”.

One of the most spectacular wineries in Northern California would have to be Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery. The views and gardens are breathtaking, and the wines are pretty awesome too!


The majority of wineries are family-run businesses. For many winemakers and their families they represent tradition, a dream, or both. Winemakers take enormous pride in their work and their passion is evident in every sip you enjoy, whether it be a precocious white or a bodacious red. Take some time to visit your local wineries and get to know the winemakers. It will be a rewarding experience as their love of the grape and their craft may also inspire you to follow a dream, or just to savor each sip of that delicious wine a little more! Cheers!


3 Responses to Fun Miscellany

  1. Jack says:

    Thank You so very much for the KIND words… we get pretty lonely in the shed-with only barrels to talk to. Its great to hear someone speak highly of our wines.
    Ciao for Now,

    Manzanita Creek

  2. Linda says:

    We had a blast again this year with you guys. Can’t wait for next year’s Passport. I’m amazed that you were organized/sober enough to get all of these details – kudos friend.

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