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Dry Creek Valley Winter Wine Country Getaway: Coziest Places to Sip, Savor, and Stay This Holiday Season

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Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley Offer Guests A Unique Winter Wine Country Escape to Usher In The New Year

Winegrowers of Dry Creek ValleyNovember 24, 2015; (HEALDSBURG, Calif)—Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley appellation offers travelers an idyllic, off-the-beaten path wine country getaway this holiday season. Located just 15 minutes from Santa Rosa and 90 minutes from San Francisco, Dry Creek Valley is anchored by the charming towns of Healdsburg and Geyserville, teeming with world-class restaurants and holiday activities.

“The end of the year is quickly approaching, and it’s a perfect time to squeeze in a winter visit to wine country,” says Ann Petersen, executive director of the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley (WDCV). “Dry Creek Valley’s picturesque lands and serene vineyards provide the perfect holiday escape.”

A few cozy wineries to explore:

  • Lambert Bridge Winery: Tucked into the hillside and surrounded by a soaring grove of redwoods, this winery is known for its vaulted tasting room and massive stone fireplace, perfect to perch next to and sip delectable wines.
  • Geyser Peak Winery: Founded in 1880, the winery relocated to Dry Creek Valley in 2014. Tastings are available in the welcoming tasting room or on the elegant patio where guests can relax and enjoy views of surrounding vineyards.
  • Sbragia Family Vineyards: Taste wines in the recently opened reserve room, La Sala del Vino. The room is treated with fixtures from Sonoma Woodworks, including a table made from local redwood, stained with red wine. Estate Sommelier, Anita Musi, leads a game of “Be a Sommelier for a Day,” which uses an aroma kit as well as their exquisite wines to help visitors discover how to smell and describe wine like a pro.
  • Gustafson Family Vineyard: Enjoy a luxurious experience and twist on the typical vineyard experience through staying at their Estate Vacation Rental. Surrounded by 20 acres of vineyard, the accommodation offers 30-mile views of the valley with mesmerizing sunrises above the valley fog, and its timeless architecture is a symphony of color, encapsulating rich stone, stucco and glass.
  • Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estates: Breathtaking vineyards and Spanish-inspired architecture make for a uniquely luxurious experience. The winery offers opulent Dry Creek Valley wines on their spacious terrace, a cozy fireplace, luxe gardens and redwood grove, and seating beside a reflecting pool.

Holiday Events:

This is a small sampling of the special holiday offerings from Dry Creek Valley wineries and beyond.

  • DaVero Farm and Winery’s 6th Annual Day After Thanksgiving Party – An all-ages family tradition featuring premium biodynamic wines woodfired pizzas from Rosso Pizzeria. Pets and picnic blankets are welcome. November 28, 2015 11am-3pm
  • Chateau Diana Winery: Holiday Open House and Toy Drive – Celebrate the season with wines and tasty bites. Bring an unwrapped toy to receive discounts. December 5, 2015 12pm-5pm
  • West Wines Swedish Christmas Traditions – Swedish winery owners Katarina Bonde and Bengt Akerlind invite guests to experience holiday traditions from the Old World, including Swedish cookies, glögg, handmade ornaments and more. November 27-29, 2015
  • Geyserville Lighted Tractor Parade – November 28, 2015 5pm-8pm
  • Healdsburg Ballet performs The Night Before Christmas – December 5-6, 2015
  • Savor Healdsburg Holiday Desserts Tour – 2.5 hour tours offered weekend days in November and December.

Where to Dine and Unwind:

Stay: There are dozens of luxurious hotels and resorts in Dry Creek Valley. You can find a complete list of lodging options at www.drycreekvalley.org. See below for a short list:

  • Hotel Healdsburg – 25 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448 (800) 889-7188
  • Grape Leaf Inn – 539 Johnson Street Healdsburg CA 95448 (707) 433-8140
  • Dry Creek Inn – 198 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, California 95448 (707) 433-0300

Eat: There are many dining options that serve quintessential wine country cuisine. A listing of top restaurants can be found though the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce. Through WDCV’s Culinary Cooperative, purchase a bottle of wine and receive free corkage at participating restaurants found here. See a sampling below:

  • Chalkboard – 2016 Michelin Bib Gourmand. 29 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448 (707) 473-8030
  • spoonbar – 219 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448 (707) 433-7222
  • Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen – 317 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448 (707) 431-0330
  • Diavola Pizzeria – 2016 Michelin Bib Gourmand. 21021 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville, CA 95441 (707) 814-0111

About Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley

The Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley® (WDCV) is an association of more than 60 wineries and 150 growers, of which more than 95 percent are small, family-owned operations. WDCV is dedicated to advancing the recognition, enhancement and preservation of Dry Creek Valley as a premium winegrowing region. Anchored by the charming town of Healdsburg, the Dry Creek Valley appellation was officially designated in 1983. Known as a premier zinfandel growing region, Dry Creek Valley is one of California’s oldest wine producing regions and is home to many heritage vineyards ranging in age from 50 to 120 years. To preserve this history and the valley’s pristine beauty, the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley supports sustainable viticulture and low-impact farming practices. For more information, visit http://www.drycreekvalley.org.

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