What where you doing 36 years ago? We’re thinking that some of you may not even have been born! Way back then some visionaries in northern Sonoma wine country formed “Wine Road” http://www.wineroad.com/ and it has grown into one of the best attended and most interesting wine events in all of California.
What sets Wine Road apart from other representative bodies is it encompasses 3 distinct wine growing areas that while geographically close to each other offer a varied and diverse range of wines. The Russian River AVA*, Dry Creek Valley AVA* and the Alexander Valley AVA* make up the Wine Road and offer the visitor so much choice it’s mind boggling!
The 36th Annual Wine Road Barrel Tasting takes place over two weekends in 2014. Mark your calendars for February 28th – March 2nd and March 7th – 9th from 11:00am to 4:00pm each day. You’ll get to sample wines that are still in the barrel, meet the winemakers and buy “futures” at over 100 wineries.
With so many wineries to choose from we decided we’d give you the inside line on one winery not to miss in each of the distinct AVA’s.
Russian River Valley AVA
De Loach Vineyards: http://www.deloachvineyards.com/
The Russian River Valley is considered to be a cooler climate region and as a result grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir tend to do well here. At De Loach the focus is on sustainable farming practices and a winemaking style that pays homage the home of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Burgundy.
For more information on Russian River Valley wineries click here: https://www.beauwinetours.com/sonoma-wine-tours/wineries/russian-river-valley/
Dry Creek Valley AVA
Ridge Lytton Springs: http://www.ridgewine.com/Visit/Lytton%20Springs
Winemaker John Olney has been crafting the wines at Lytton Springs since 1999 and has carved out a reputation for making incredible Zinfandels. In addition to Zinfandel Olney works with an assortment of other grape varieties including Carignane, Grenache and Petite Sirah. A visit to Ridge Lytton Springs will definitely be an eye opening and educational experience.
For more information on Dry Creek Valley wineries click here: https://www.beauwinetours.com/sonoma-wine-tours/wineries/dry-creek-valley/
Alexander Valley AVA
de Lorimier Winery http://www.delorimierwinery.com/ is tucked away on the eastern side of the Alexander Valley. While they produce some great Zinfandel they are know for their Cabernet Sauvignon, which they describe as “Artisan”. In addition to their wonderful wines you can also enjoy some incredible art http://www.delorimierwinery.com/pages/gallery while soaking in the beautiful surroundings.
For more information on Alexander Valley wineries click here: https://www.beauwinetours.com/sonoma-wine-tours/wineries/alexander-valley/
“Rules of the Road”
Check out the Rules of the Road from Wine Road below:
*AVA = American Viticultural Area http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Viticultural_Area