Guide to Healdsburg & Dry Creek Valley

I’m lucky enough to call Healdsburg home, and after half a year as a resident I’m finally ready to create this guide to share my recommendations. Healdsburg is such a great place to base yourself as it is smack bang in the middle of an intersection of four major appellations; Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, […]

A visit to Chalk Hill Estate

A bottle of Chalk Hill always brings back special memories for my boyfriend and I. On one of our first dates he brought a bottle of (no longer produced) Merlot to dinner, which we loved. He will rarely join me on winery visits, but coming to Chalk Hill on the Culinary Lunch Tour was an […]

A visit to Kachina Vineyards

Kachina Vineyards in Dry Creek Valley is one of those hidden gems you’ll stumble upon, but usually only because someone told you about it.  This is a small, rustic, appointment-only winery with a focus on organic wines, that is well worth making part of your trip. As I drove up the hills towards the winery, […]

A visit to Dry Creek Vineyard

Affectionately known as the “old dog on the block”, Dry Creek Vineyard should naturally be on your list of wineries to visit in Dry Creek Valley.  With more than 40 years of history, this winery has made its mark in Sonoma County, both with Zinfandel and also for Sauvignon Blanc. One look at the bottle, […]

A visit to Seghesio Family Vineyards

Brimming with history, a visit to Seghesio gives you a sense of appreciation for what Italian immigrants brought to this part of Northern Sonoma County. Seghesio can speak to four generations of winemaking, starting with founder, Edoardo Seghesio who arrived here from Piedmont in the early 1880s.  For lovers of Italian blends, and Zinfandel, this […]

A visit to Sbragia Family Vineyards

The winery with the most stunning views of Dry Creek Valley has to be Sbragia Family Vineyards.   An easy 10 minutes drive from the Healdsburg Plaza, this is the place to relax and enjoy a glass of wine, or bring a picnic and spend a few hours in the sun on their outdoor terrace. On […]

A visit to DaVero Farms & Winery

I bumped in to the owner, Ridgely Evers as soon as I arrived at DaVero.  The self-confessed “recovering CEO” was hanging off scaffolding and busy supervising the construction of the new winery, but eager to show me around.  Ridgely is no stranger to new ventures (you can Google him) and this is one project he […]

A visit to Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate

Every time I visit Michel-Schlumberger I get a warm welcome and have a great time.  This has turned into one of my favorite winery experiences in Dry Creek Valley.  What I like about it is there is no tasting counter and guests can sit on the comfy leather chairs inside, or outside on the patio. […]

A visit to Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery

I couldn’t help being wowed as soon as I arrived at Ferrari-Carano. What greeted me was a glamorous Italian mansion surrounded by festive bright red flowers, fountains, lush gardens, and miles of golden vines.  Visually this is very impressive and one of the most stunning estates in Dry Creek Valley. I arrived in the tasting […]

A visit to Simi Winery

A historic winery, definitely worth visiting for this reason is Simi Winery in Healdsburg.  This is one of the best value tours you’ll do.  For $15 per person you’ll get a tasting of four wines and an insight into the early days of California’s wine industry. On today’s visit my guide, Randy conducted the Historic […]