Dry Creek Valley is an American Viticulture Area (AVA) situated west of the town of Healdsburg. This Sonoma County region is home to over 70 wineries and offers plenty of scenic country roads.
During a recent stay at The Residence at Comstock Wines, which you can read about here, I had the pleasure of visiting two well-known wineries in Dry Creek Valley with my husband and some close friends of ours.
Comstock Wines is situated on the same beautiful 17-acres as The Residence.
While the winery is close to The Residence – just a two-minute walk – it’s far enough away for guests to maintain their privacy. Those staying at The Residence enjoy complimentary tastings at the Comstock Wines
Family-owned Comstock Wines opened its doors to visitors in 2015. However, Bob and Sandy Comstock began growing grapes long before that, in 2002.
After years of discussing the idea of a small winery with family and friends, they moved forward with their dream and Comstock Wines was born. Along with their daughter, Kelly Comstock, the General Manager of Comstock Wines, the family has turned their collective passion for growing and sourcing the best grapes in Sonoma County into a beautiful and inviting winery offering delicious wines.
The four of us arrived for a late morning tour of Comstock Wines with the winemaker, Chris Russi. Chris welcomed us to the winery, then began the tour by taking us to the grape processing area where we saw some of the machinery used to turn grapes into luscious wines!
A native Northern Californian, Chris started making wine as a kid with his grandfather and family. After college, Chris got into the wine industry, starting as a vineyard and ranch manager and working his way to winemaker over the years. After traveling to and living in wine regions around the globe, Chris now makes wine for Comstock Wines. He says he’s never leaving Sonoma County because he believes it to be the most diverse wine regions in the world.
Comstock Wines makes Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Merlot. Chris led us into the barrel room where wine was fermenting. There we saw both oak barrels and stainless steel tanks.
And there were also some egg-shaped cement tanks, also used during fermenting. Aren’t they interesting looking?
After our tour was complete, we went to the tasting room to sample some Comstock wines.
It was an absolutely stunning day, unseasonably warm, so we decided to buy a bottle of Comstock Sauvignon Blanc and move our wine sipping outdoors to their inviting patio.
From our seats, we could see The Residence, where we were staying.
There is more than wine tasting activities at Comstock. They have fun games too! There is a bocce court…
and Cornhole boards complete with the Comstock Wines logo.
Our friends Michelle and Bill, who love Cornhole, decided to play a couple of friendly – but competitive – rounds while Bill and I watched and tried to keep score – all the while, hogging the wine!
It was a lovely way to spend part of an afternoon in Dry Creek Valley.
During our stay we also had the pleasure of visiting Quivira Vineyards, another well-known Dry Creek Valley winery not far from Comstock.
Quivira Vineyards is an incredibly scenic place. We experienced a sit-down tasting outdoors, looking over the vineyards and mountains in the distance. It was lovely!
Quivira specializes in Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Rhone varietals. Their grapes are grown organically and biodynamically.
We were treated to a plate of cured Italian meats and dried fruits from their farm. The nibbles paired perfectly with the wines we tasted.
And again, the views were simply stunning!
After our tasting was over, we explored the Quivira property. They have a farm and large garden on the property with vegetables, fruits and flowers.
Quivira’s gardens are also biodynamic.
I was thrilled to find lots of chickens!
The garden is expansive and includes fruit trees, a green house and lots of raised beds.
I hope you’ve enjoyed virtually visiting these two wineries!
Aside from wine tasting, there is much to do in the Dry Creek Valley area. Choose from hot air balloon rides, bike riding, hiking, sightseeing and boating at nearby Lake Sonoma. And the charming town of Healdsburg, chock full of wonderful restaurants and boutiques, is just a short drive away.
Have you ever visited Dry Creek Valley?
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Disclosure: Our tour and tastings at Comstock Wines were part of our stay, which was complimentary in exchange for my review. Our Quivira Vineyards tasting was also complimentary. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always.