Monday, July 15, 2013

Dry Creek Valley Wine Tasting

We've been lucky this year in that we've had family visit us here in CA more than once! Nick's brother, CJ and his friend Allison spent a weekend with us in July. We explored Fillmore St in San Francisco and shared tapas at a really delicious Peruvian restaurant, Fresca. The next day, we drove up to Healdsburg for a little wine tasting!

Wine tasting in the Dry Creek Valley is much more low-key than wine tasting in Napa. Sometimes its nice not fighting the crowds and experiencing more rustic wineries. We first stopped in downtown Healdsburg, which is a really cute area, to pick up a picnic at Oakville Grocery (it's one of our favorites!). 
I was in charge of picking out mustard and jam...
I had a really hard time because there were so many options - haha. I finally decided on Strawberry-Rhubarb jam and Meyer Lemon Wasabi mustard. Both were excellent choices. ;)

Our first wine stop was Preston, an organic winery. We purchased a loaf of house made sourdough bread here and learned all about biodynamic farming. In this article from Food and Wine, biodynamic farming is considered the next trend: 
"Where biodynamics differs from other forms of organic or sustainable agriculture is in its idea that
farming can be attuned to the spiritual forces of the cosmos
This might mean linking sowing and harvesting to the phases of the moon or the positions of the planets; it also might mean burying cow manure in a cow's horn over the winter, unearthing it in the spring, diluting a minute amount of the substance in 34 liters of water, "dynamizing" it by stirring it by hand in alternating directions for an hour or so and then spraying the mixture over one's vineyard.

Fascinating, right? And, we liked a few of there wines here, too!

Next, we visited Truett-Hurst, which is so welcoming for those wanting to enjoy a little picnic with their wine. After our tasting, we purchased a bottle and found a cozy picnic table to dive into our goodies.
There was lots to look at while exploring the grounds at Truett-Hurst.... roosters, sunflowers, strawberries, goats and lots of other flowers.
Such a fun, warm summer day in Dry Creek Valley!

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