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

Comstock Wines is situated on the same beautiful 17-acres as The Residence.

Wine Tasting in Dry Creek Valley

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.

Wine Tasting in Dry Creek Valley

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…

Wine Tasting in Dry Creek Valley

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.

Quivira

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. 

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All my greatest Wine Country dreams came true when I spent two nights at The Residence at Comstock Wines in Dry Creek Valley. Who wouldn’t fantasize about staying in an enormous luxury home in the middle of 17 acres of vineyards and gardens with four spacious master suites and located steps from a gorgeous winery and tasting room?

I’m excited to tell you all about this extraordinary property, located a short distance from the quaint and sophisticated town of Healdsburg in Sonoma County. As someone who loves being outside, I want to begin by showing you the grounds and outdoor spaces at The Residence at Comstock Wines.

The Grounds and Outdoor Spaces

The residence is part of Comstock Wines and shares the 17-acre property with the winery. It is a new villa that has a rustic and contemporary exterior design. The interior is elegant, luxurious and artistic and features the amenities you would find in a luxury hotel.

This is the view from the main entrance of the residence. The building in the distance is Comstock Wines, the wine making facility and tasting room we visited. Guests of The Residence at Comstock Wines are welcome to enjoy a complimentary tasting experience during their stay.

Behind me, you can see the front entrance which is flanked by ancient olive trees. It’s a two-story home with a balcony…

and a wide porch that I took full advantage of.

The porch wraps completely around the residence. Each of the four Master Suites has a pair of Adirondack chairs just outside their outside private entrances.

I loved sitting outside our guest room and watching the birds fly by while sipping my morning coffee or a glass of wine. It’s so quiet at the residence. You truly feel like you are away from it all!

There is a wide-openness to this property. Everything seems so far away but it isn’t. The main town is just minutes away by car.

The back of the residence has dining tables on the porch for enjoying meals al fresco, relaxing, or perhaps playing a board game. The porch opens up to a gigantic patio where there will soon be an outdoor fire pit. The patio area offers vineyard views with a backdrop of pine tree-covered hills.

We loved spending time on the patio together, taking in the fall colors and sunshine.

We invited our friends Michelle and Bill to join us during our stay. Michelle and I walked around the gardens at the residence. An orchard has been planted and there is a culinary garden planted in raised beds.

Mornings started out with fog during our stay, which I love. I took walks around the property each morning before the fog burned off, taking photos and exploring. When you stay at The Residence at Comstock Wines, you really don’t want to go or be anywhere else!

Interior Common Areas

Upon entering through the large glass front door, you’re immediately greeted by art! A wall in the foyer showcases colorful bottles inside glass cases. Each bottle has a symbol of a chemical element. The collection of elements, shown on the bottles, represents the chemical composition of wine. Isn’t that interesting and clever?

Behind the wall you will find a full chef’s kitchen with all the cookware, tableware and glassware you would need or want during your stay, including state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances. Just behind the cabinets, there is another secluded kitchen that private chefs may use to prepare meals for guests. Private dinners can be arranged through the residence’s concierge.

While we toured the kitchen and great room, we noticed Comstock Wines left us to bottles of wine to enjoy…and enjoy we did!

A chic and modern wood dining table seats 10. The four of us enjoyed our take out pizza and salads here, then played a few rounds of cards after dinner.

The striking two-story cathedral ceiling gives the Great Room an airy and open feel. The large windows and glass doors let in plenty of natural light.

The ceiling was gorgeous and dramatic, made from natural wood supported by beautiful wood beams.

I would describe the interior of The Residence at Comstock Wines as rustic elegance with contemporary and artistic touches. The beautiful color scheme throughout the residence included lots of natural hues and textures.

In the evenings, we turned the remote controlled fireplace in the Great Room. It was the perfect place to chat, sip on a glass of wine, or page through the collection of art and lifestyle books on the tables.

As a lover of art, I thoroughly enjoyed the artwork displayed throughout the residence. My favorites were the blue sky oil paintings hung in both the dining area and over the spa tubs in the master suites and these owl figures made with paper.

The upstairs Media Room is a large, airy space with a balcony, large flatscreen TV, sound system and plenty of seating for your group.

Master Suites 

The residence has four Master Suites, each with its own unique design and character. There are three suites with king beds and one suite with two queens.

Each suite has a remote-controlled fire place, sitting area, desk, ceiling fan, closet and they’re each decorated in gorgeous neutral shades, luxe fabrics and a variety of textures.

The suites have a contemporary style melded with cozy warmth and comfort.

Each Master Suite comes with its own private entrance. I often kept the double doors open to the outside when we were in our suite to take in the fresh Dry Creek Valley air and stunning vineyard views.

En Suite Bathrooms

Each Master Suite has a spacious en suite bathroom with a deep soaking tub and spacious walk-in shower. The shower has a small window that looks out into the vineyards. You’re rarely without a vineyard view at the residence, even when you shower!

The residence has all the amenities you would want including fluffy towels, plush robes and even Molton Brown toiletries.

The Residence at Night 

You may have already figured out by now that I am a nature lover. Watching the beautiful sunsets and sunrises from this vast and open property was such a delight.

There was a full moon on our first night. Michelle and I watched the moon come up over the hill in the distance while Bill and Bill picked up our pizzas. We didn’t want to go out to dinner and miss something spectacular, like the moon rise!

The residence lit up at night was a breathtaking sight. It glows!

You may reserve the entire residence for yourself and your group or stay in one of the four Master Suites that each have their own safe, private entrance and key. The Residence at Comstock Wines makes an ideal getaway for a family vacation or reunion.

Visit The Residence at Comstock Wines for the ultimate luxury Wine Country vacation. Find more information on their website or email reservations@comstockwines.com to make a reservation or inquiry.

In a future post, I will tell you about our tour and tasting at Comstock Wines and some of the fun things we did in Dry Creek Valley and Healdsburg during our stay.

Make it a rich day!

XO,

Adrienne

Disclosure: I was invited to stay at The Residence at Comstock Wines in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always. 

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