Dry Creek Valley is a beautiful area full of really amazing wineries. I just got to experience Dry Creek Valley AVA’s 40th Anniversary Celebration. Continue reading to learn more about the Dry Creek Valley AVA 40th Anniversary Celebration. This was an amazing panel moderated by my friend Chris Sawyer, Aka Sawyer Somm and it was so informative, delicious and such a special once in a lifetime tasting.
The Guided Tasting led by Chris Sawyer
The Dry Creek Valley AVA 40th Anniversary Celebration kicked off with a seated guided tasting of 10 Dry Creek wines and each winemaker speaking to the wines. This was beyond informative learning about the rich history of the AVA and some of the founding fathers who helped shape this AVA into what it is now.
Quivara Winemaker Hugh Chapelle and DaVero Winemaker DaVero Winemaker Rea Prince speaking about their wines.
During this side by side from these two winemakers we enjoyed a 2019 Quivara Grenache which was beautiful. Extremely smooth, expressive and overall lovely!
For DaVero we tasted a 2018 Altobasso which was also wonderful. It had big fruit such as raspberry, black fruit, licorice and leather flavors. What a treat enjoying these two wines side by side.
Photo Courtesy of Prinsley Photography
If you have had the chance to visit the Dry Creek Valley AVA, you know just how special it is. There are so many great wineries created by some of the best winemakers in California. Not only is it beautiful here, but this area also produces some incredible wines. Check out The Top 10 Dry Creek Wineries I Adore here.
There are stunning views of the valley and the vineyards here. Very picturesque and perfect scenic background.
Dry Creek Valley AVA 40th Anniversary Celebration
I was very excited to attend the Dry Creek Valley AVA 40th Anniversary Celebration with all the amazing winemakers and guests. I always look forward to wine country events whenever there is one.
They had a wide range of food options at the anniversary celebration from some great chefs.
Winemakers & Wines
This celebration was great being able to reconnect with so many people from the years. I love being able to learn more about the wines from the winemakers and these events are the perfect place to do just that. I learn something new every year and love being able to visit the wineries after.
Davero Winemaker Rea Prince. DaVero is a wonderful winery in Healdsburg I’ve visited and adored. Read more about them in my Top 10 Healdsburg Wineries Guide here
My friend Art, Owner of Flambeaux Wines also spoke on the panel. He is one of the newer brands in the region giving a great perspective on this new brand making stunning Dry Creek Valley Wines by Winemaker Ryan Prichard. Learn more about Winemaker Ryan Prichard in my Interview on the Blog here.
The fabulous Moni Claire ladies! These wines were also lovely to enjoy for the first time.
So great to taste Papapietro Perry Wines at the event. I have adored these wines for ages and they’re in my Top 10 Dry Creek Wineries Guide here. Be sure to plan a visit to experience their stunning Pinot Noir Wines and amazing Dry Creek Varietals.
Me and fabulous Shelly Rafanelli of Rafanelli Winery. Read my interview with Winemaker Shelly on the blog here!
Cheers to an amazing time at Dry Creek Valley AVA’s 40th Anniversary Celebration