Friday, February 24, 2012

Beautiful Spot for Picnicking by Dry Creek

I am always on the lookout for wineries with beautiful picnic spots.  Recently, I visited Truett Hurst Vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley, which quickly rose to one of the top spots on my best picnic area list.  This small winery has a beautiful picnic ground in the gardens outside of the tasting room.  However, the spot to enjoy your food with Truett Hurst wines is the tables along the bank of Dry Creek.  Life doesn't get much better than listening to the babbling brook while enjoying good food and wine.  (While Dry Creek's name comes from the lack of water in the creek bed in the old days, today the creek is dam controlled and is seldom dry.)

Being in Dry Creek, Truett Hurst makes a variety of Zinfandels, including a dry rosé, plus a few Pinot Noirs, a Petite Sirah, and a dessert wine.

While visitors can just drop in to taste, picnicking space is limited.  Therefore, you are encouraged to book a picnic table before you visit the winery.  The creek-side tables are especially popular and fill up well in advance on weekends.  If you do stop by on a weekend you may also find music in the tasting room.

Truett Hurst is a terrific winery to visit when you are in the Dry Creek Valley.  The tasting room is open daily between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  If you would like to take a private wine country tour that includes a visit to Truett Hurst, contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or