Dry Creek Valley is a famous wine region, so Passport to Dry Creek Valley is a well known event among wine lovers local and visiting alike. I had the opportunity to attend the event for the first time, and loved the different themes at each winery and that eat specific wine had a small bite to go with it.
One of my favorite parts about attending events like this is the opportunity to explore wineries that otherwise many not be on my radar, discover wines I haven’t had the opportunity to try, or find a new favorite at a winery I already love. Here are my three favorite wines I tasted during the event (two of which I bought a bottle to take home)!
Pedroncelli 2018 Rosé – This is a new favorite rosé! It’s bright and clean, with notes of strawberry, rose and cherry. It’s make from Zinfandel, which is interesting to me because I’ve mostly seen rosé of Pinot or Grenache! I love that it’s crisp and dry, but isn’t so dry that you don’t get the refreshing fruity notes. At just over $20, I would definitely purchase again.
Ferrari-Carano 2017 Zinfandel – Ferarri-Carano is one of my top recommended spots for first timers to Healdsburg, as the property is absolutely stunning and the wines are magnificent to match. This Zinfandel is fruit forward, a juicy yet peppery and earthy wine, perfect to pair with summertime grilled peaches and barbecue or even a cheese and chocolate pairing. Also at an awesome price point – $28 per bottle.
Dutcher Crossing 2015 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Dutcher Crossing was a winery I hadn’t visited previously, and I’m so glad I had a chance to stop by! The winery has a gorgeous outdoor tasting area that they transformed into an efficient set up for the event. I particularly enjoyed the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, which was paired with a tasty orange chicken. Dutcher Crossing is on my list to visit again – I’d love to spend more time with their delicious wines!
I look forward to discovering more wines in Dry Creek, and definitely recommend this region for those looking to taste world class wines! If you have a favorite Dry Creek wine, let me know in the comments below.
Disclaimer: The Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley provided me complimentary tickets to Passport to Dry Creek Valley. This post is in no way sponsored, and all images and opinions are my own.