Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Pinot and Zin in the Russian River Valley

While the Russian River Valley is best known for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, there are some excellent Zinfandels produced in the eastern end of the Valley. If you enjoy Pinot Noir and/or Zinfandel, I highly recommend visiting DeLoach Vineyards.

DeLoach started making wine over 30 years ago. Some of its wines receive fairly wide distribution, but a trip to the winery will enable you to taste some small lot Pinot, Zin and Chardonnay. DeLoach offers two tastings. The Russian River Valley Appellation includes 5 tastes for $5 and the OFS and Vineyard-Designate Tasting costs $10 for 5 tastes. I recommend the latter tasting as it enables you to taste some of DeLoach's smaller production wines. The friendly and knowledgeable tasting room staff usually are not sticklers for the five-taste limit. One tasting fee is refunded for each bottle purchased.

If you plan ahead of time, you can schedule a tour of the winery and learn more about their move to biodynamic farming. Eric, the tasting room manager, will likely lead your tour. His wit and knowledge will ensure that you have an enjoyable hour.

If you would like to take a private, wine country tour that includes a visit to DeLoach Vineyards, please call me at (866) 326-4237 or e-mail me by clicking here.

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