Our first stop was at Mauritson Wines. We saw on their sign that they were already open and thought: Why not? We found an American Express card in the parking lot and turned in just as the staff hung up the phone on the person who lost it. So they called her right back with the good news.
We next stopped at Passalacqua Winery. We had intended to visit Dry Creek Winery but they were closed on New Year's Eve. Passalacqua is literally across the street. We wound up tasting the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 Chardonnay, 2010 Estate Zinfandel, 2010 Old Vine Zinfandel, and a red blend called Radice ($56).
Family Wineries Tasting Room. This is a cooperative tasting room in the Dry Creek Valley with six local, family-owned wineries. Participating wineries include Collier Falls Vineyards, Dashe Cellars, Forth Vineyards, Lago di Merlo Winery and Vineyards, Mietz Cellars and Philip Staley. Many varietal and blended wines are available for tasting. We really liked this tasting room. It is rustic, but the wines we tasted were quite good. The Collier Falls 2007 Zinfandel Private Reserve was outstanding. The tasting room also has a wide selection of gourmet grocery items like olive oils, mustards, and wine-infused chocolate sauces
Next, we stopped at a place I have wanted to visit since our last trip a few years ago. The Raymund Burr Vineyards.
That was it for this Dry Creek Valley day trip. I will leave you some views of the Sonoma Valley from the local casino.