This week we’re taking a break from the West Sonoma/Gravenstein Highway wineries, and heading a bit up north, to the Dry Creek Valley. Specifically, a wonderful place on Lytton Springs Road called Mazzocco Winery.
This is probably the winery we visit most in the area, and that they haven’t gotten tired of us and our friends is a real testament to how fun a place this is. It’s also special enough to us that we served several varieties at our wedding, and sent our guests to stop by on their wine tours!
Of course — there is a backstory! Annie first heard of this winery when her friend won a weekend stay at their guest house, and decided to take her (and the DogBird) along. It happened to be bottling weekend so perhaps a little noisy, so the winemaker stopped by to give us a few freshly-filled bottles as an apology gift. The winery treated them all so well, that on the next trip, Annie joined the club. Later, on one of their early dates, Jonathan mentioned that he, too, loved Mazzocco, and that he, too, was a member. The fates had aligned.
Mazzocco is part of the Wilson Artisan Wine Group, and focuses largely on Zinfandels. They also have a few other excellent varietals — including one of Annie’s favorite Sauvignon Blancs (very limited release). Part of the fun here is tasting the different vineyard-designate Zinfandels, and finding how much diversity can occur with the same exact grape. The source from several vineyards around the area, each with its own distinct taste.
If you are lucky, a member, or with one, they may have the Monkey Room open to taste one, or all, of their higher-end wines. It isn’t a guarantee but we always ask (what’s the worst that happens? You hear, “no.”).
The tasting room and outdoor area are both very welcoming for well-behaved pooches. The outdoor area is big and serene; bring along some nice cheeses or a picnic, sit outside, and enjoy the scenery.
What to Try:
LordBird says: Maple Reserve Zinfandel (occasionally the non-reserve, too)
LadyBird says: Sullivan or Sullivan Reserve Zinfandel
1400 Lytton Springs Road
11am – 5pm Daily
$15 tasting fee
excerpted from a previous post by Annie at HeadinKnots.com