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help in selecting shortlisted Dry Creek Valley wineries


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help in selecting shortlisted Dry Creek Valley wineries

sherkoh | Sep 19, 2012 02:13 AM

This is my first time posting but I have used chowhound for my previous holiday trips to much success. Hubby and I are going to be in Healdsburg in Oct and I'm having problem with deciding among all the good wineries in DCV. We are looking to go to 4 wineries.

We are avid wine drinkers and are excited to learn more about Californian wines.
Other than Pinots, we do not have much knowledge about them.
Fyi, we stay in Hong Kong which has zero wine tax.
Hence, are often able to get widely distributed wines at same price as in CA.

-prefers non-commercial, family run ones.
-willing to include a commercial one if the wines and vineyard tour are really good.

Style of wine we like:
-reds: big bold reds or elegant old world. Really like bordeaux blends, not too impressed with burgundy reds but perhaps we have not tried any good ones).
-whites: buttery chardonnays or elegant Chablis. Hubby dislikes Sauvignon Blanc.
-sparkling: yucks to the likes of Moet and Veuve, extremely overpriced for the quality. Loves Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose, good Proseccos.

We are value buyers (i.e. price to quality ratio), hence shy away from widely distributed wines.
Acceptable range: less than $100, best between $30-$50.
But are willing to fork out more to purchase those that really impressed us.

shortlisted DCV wineries :
Bella Vineyard and Winery
David Coffaro Vineyard & Winery
Papapietro Perry*
Quivira Vineyards and Winery
Sbragia Family Vineyards*
Unti Vineyards*
Yoakim Bridge
*those we are leaning towards.

Planning to have lunch at Diavola.
Sorry for the long winded post.
Thanks in advance for reading and replying!

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