A Biodynamic winery in the Dry Creek Valley – Quivira Vineyards
We spent a relaxing time on a sunny day last week at Quivira Vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley. We arrived around noon and quickly toured the Biodynamic vegetable garden and vineyards. We took a peek at a stream that runs through the vineyards, known as Wine Creek. Wine Creek empties into nearby Dry Creek. For the first time in many years, Steelhead Trout were able to navigate Wine Creek and spawn here at Quivira. It is commendable that the owners of Quivira have made it possible again to have Wine Creek healthy enough for Steelhead to return. Following our brief outdoor tour, we settled in at the picnic tables to enjoy tasting a flight of Quivira wines. There are two flights offered, one focused on the Rhone-style wines and the other flight on the more traditional wines of the Dry Creek Valley. We loved the Refuge Sauvignon Blanc. This wine has a taste more in the style of a White Bordeaux, dry with slight floral and mineral characteristics. The Katz Vineyard Zinfandel is from a small vineyard that dates back to pre-prohibition days. The vineyard is dry farmed and, because the vines are so old, there is little yield. Only 150 cases are made from this 1.5-acre vineyard. This Katz Zinfandel is delicious. Our group purchased a bottle of each of these wines to enjoy with our picnic lunch. Nearby is the Dry Creek General Store, offering a varied menu of picnic choices. This popular spot is always packed with folks headed to Lake Sonoma or to wineries along Dry Creek Road. We’d stopped in at the fabulous Big John’s Market in Healdsburg, just east along Dry Creek Road from Highway 101. The market has a salad bar, burrito bar, a pizza oven, a fabulous deli, and a great selection of local wines. Think of a Whole Foods store, but a step up in top-notch grocery shopping. Quivira Vineyards is open daily from 10am to 4:30pm. The winery is located on our West Dry Creek Valley Wine Route.
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