Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Something Different in the Dry Creek Valley
The Dry Creek Valley in Northern Sonoma County is best known for Zinfandel and many wineries produce at least one wine from this grape. However, one winery -- Michel Schlumberger -- has gone down a different path. The winery built its reputation on Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. No Zinfandel was to be found. Today the winery has expanded its offerings to include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Syrah, and Pinot Blanc. But still no Zinfandel.
If you're heading to the Dry Creek Valley and want to taste some Bordeaux style wines in pleasant surroundings be sure to head to Michel-Schlumberger but make an appointment first. The winery offers tours and tastings daily at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. For $15/person, you'll get to walk through their lovely vineyards, gardens, and winery. You'll see how their wines are made and then will be able to taste their current releases either in the winery's gourmet kitchen, living room, or courtyard. Other touring and tasting options are available so check out the winery's website for options.