Peloton Catering 190 Foss Creek Cir, Healdsburg, CA95448 At Peloton Catering, chef Tim Vallery will create a custom menu that is sure to satisfy you and your party of guests, no…More matter what the occasion. Located in Healdsburg, this catering company specializes in "market inspired wine country cuisine," creating dishes from seasonal, locally sourced ingredients that are as stimulating to the eyes as they are to the palate. Chef Vallery's creations are perfect for barrel tastings, weddings, business meetings and more. Call for more information.
Davis Family Vineyards 52 Front St, Healdsburg, CA95448 The Davis Family has a winery and tasting room on Front Street across the street from the Old Roma Station wineries. The…More Davis Family has Zinfandel vines that were planted in 1896 and young hillside plantings of Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay. The Davis Family also make a few barrels of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon with grapes from friends like the Dutton Family, who have deliciously distinctive vineyards. They make only small lots of wine and literally handcraft each and every one.
Wine Road 498 Moore Ln, Healdsburg, CA95448 Wine Road is a nonprofit membership association handling publicity, promotion and public information for more than 160…More wineries and more than 50 lodgings in the Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley regions, the three wine regions that converge around Healdsburg. Wine Road, which has the tagline "Heaven Condensed," offers wine tasting maps, tours and travel and lodging information to people all over the world. The organization also sponsors three annual events : "Wine and Food Affair" in November, "Winter Wonderland" in January and "Barrel Tasting" in March.
Thomas George Estates is one of the newest wineries on Westside Road, opening in 2008 on the site of the oldest…More (Davis Bynum). Like its predecessor, Thomas George focuses on the key varietals of the Russian River appellation, chardonnay and pinot noir, though a handful of other varietals are offered as well. Owner Jeremy Baker acknowledges the contributions of the Bynum family to help take their traditions and legacy forward.
Until the still-developing winery reaches its stride, the main attraction is the tasting facility -- a newly completed large stone building opposite a dramatic barrel cafe. The cave doubles as the tasting room on weekends (Fri - Mon), though the main tasting room is tasteful and roomy. The grounds are exceedingly well maintained and designed, with picnic areas, nature walks and statuary. Several guest houses are available for vacation rentals.
One of a handful of small, family-run wineries along Limerick Lane, Christie Estate produces all estate wines, grown…More either on this Russian River Valley acreage or its Dry Creek Valley lot. It's a rustic, family-oriented place to learn firsthand about winemaking. In addition to custom tastings and tours by appointment, the Aiken family offers the chance to bottle one's own barrel, which customers and friends can label and cap at the facility—producing 24 cases per barrel.
The winemaker is owner Steve Aitken, who purchased the Dry Creek property in 1981 and added Russian River acreage in 1997 to start his own winery. He specializes in the red wine varietals that favor these appellations. Christie Estate claims to be the only domestic grower and producer of prosecco, the Italian sparkling wine.
Several wineries have tasting rooms in the Old Roma Station, which dates from 1875, near the Memorial Bridge entrance…More to Healdsburg. This is the original wine station for area grape growers shipping wine (via the nearby railroad) to San Francisco. Around back is Hudson Street Wineries, a collective tasting room for several small, quality producers. Among them, Bluenose is the current label for Paul Brasset, former winemaker for Fritz, White Oak, Christopher Creek and others, who makes a potent Dry Creek zinfandel. Another Dry Creek zin, Rockin' Z, is offered from Shippey Vineyards, along with a couple other of their wines. Sadler-Wells from Vineburg near Sonoma provides vineyard-designate pinot noir, and the wines of Sebastopol's Willowbrook Cellars completes the current partners.
Hudson Street Wineries hosts events in the barrel room, which opens up from the long tasting bar, creating a generous space for public and private events. For locals or visitors, the variety and quality of small-production wines available for tasting or purchase makes this a worthwhile visit. Chances are the person at the tasting room counter is one of the winemakers, so inside information is yours for the asking.