Monday, April 17, 2006

Garagista in Dry Creek Valley

The term garagista derives from a French term that is used to describe small producers of wine. I use it with affection to describe a few small wineries, one of which is Deux Amis Winery. Located in the Dry Creek Valley, Deux Amis specializes in Zinfandel and also produces some Petite Sirah. Deux Amis (two friends in French) is a partnership of Phyllis Zouzounis and Jim Penpraze. Founded in 1987, today the winery produces around 1,500 cases of wine.

I enjoy their wines so much that I am a member of their wine club. Thus, I can look forward to semiannual shipments of their delicious and well priced wines. If you would like to taste Deus Amis' wine, they are usually open to the public on Saturday afternoons or you can call for an appointment. There's nothing fancy about their tasting room, just a table amongst the barrels of aging wine in an unadorned warehouse. No spit buckets here, just dump any unwanted wine in the drain on the floor.

Deux Amis is located at 1960 Dry Creek Road, in the front of the building that houses Wilson Winery's tasting room. You can call (707) 431-7945 if you want to schedule an appointment to taste their wines. Better yet, let Blue Heron take you on a tour of the Dry Creek Valley. You can schedule a tour by calling (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mailing me by clicking here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I like your difinition better. When I first encountered the work-it mentions tahat is is Itilian for a wine maker who make wine in His/her wine in a garage.

I guess I am a garagista.