Feb 19, 2013 A Day in Dry Creek Spent a beautiful day up in Dry Creek yesterday. It’s amazing that we can drive an hour and be in the most beautiful wine country in the world. The purpose of the trip, of course, was to taste some wine. More specifically a release party at one of my favorite wineries, David Coffaro on Dry Creek Road, and a visit to Unti where Two Mile gets its Syrah grapes. David Coffaro was tasting its newly released 2011’s, aged in the barrel 16 months. There were 20 wines to taste. Plus we had a chance to barrel taste some of the 2012's. Hard work! One of the things I love about Coffaro is all the different varietals. They have taken Italian and French grapes traditionally used for blending and made 100% wines like Carignan, Petit Verdot, Aglianico and Lagrein. Add a great line-up of Zins and a number of estate blends, and you can’t go wrong. They are completely unpretentious. Cindi in the tasting room is great, and most times I see David working around the winery. Next it was on to Unti. It had been a few years since I had visited, and the experience was just as good as I remembered. They produce Italian and French varietals such as Grenache, Montepulciano , Syrah and Barbera. Of course their Syrah is outstanding, which is why we use their grapes to make our Two Mile Syrah. What I like about the Dry Creek experience compared to Napa is that you can usually talk to the winemaker and owners. They are happy to answer your questions and bring out something special to taste that might not be on the tasting list. A fun day… So many wines left untasted, but there is always next time. Luckily you don’t have to go up to “ wine country” to taste great wines. We have plenty here in Oakland. Come visit our tasting room on Saturdays from 2-6. No long drive, no tasting fee and some very special wines.