Covid 19 Wine Trip! Day 3

Our 3rd day begins at Mauritson in the Dry Creek region of Sonoma’s Wine Country.

The tasting room and wine making facility share the same solar-powered, state of the art building on Dry Creek Road between Healdsburg and the Dry Creek Store. Clay Mauritson and Emma Hall are the wizard winemakers who utilize the grapes from the vineyards the Mauritson family has farmed for six generations to produce fantastic wines!

The Mauritson family is incredibly involved, community minded and special – like their wines. Browse through the pages of wines – Mauritson, Rockpile, Charlie Clay and LOAM. We have our favorites. Love to hear if you do as well.

Another family with a long history in Sonoma is the Seghesio family. Peter Seghesio and his wife Cathy own Journeyman Meat Company, that crafts Italian-style meats.

They have built a processing plant in Cloverdale and opened a shop in Healdsburg that is another do-not-miss destination when you come to the wine country. We are fans of their Salumi. My favorite is the Finnochiona, a Italian dry salame with fennel. They are offering a number of their products to ship right now.

Journeyman Meat Company, Healdsburg

We’re back on the road to head up Dry Creek to Bella Vineyards. It’s nearly at the end of the road tucked into a hillside with its tasting room buried deep in a cave. On a summer day here it is the perfect place to escape the heat!

Along with their own vineyards they buy fruit from Maple Vineyard which is now owned by David Rafanelli. Bella’s wine made from those grapes always seem spectacular to me. You can read more about Bella in our previous posts here.

Doors shuttered now

Bella recently posted an update on Facebook on their status. They’ve created a fund to contribute some of the proceeds of sales now to help both members of their team that might be in need and others in the community. When you visit Bella’s wine shop go to ” Stronger Together” to see how to help.

Ridge Vineyard at Lytton Springs is our final stop. What a contrast in landscape – 100 year old Zinfandel vines surrounding a contemporary straw bale, solar-powered facility. Notoriously great wines come from these vineyards.

We were recently tasting at Ridge for their spring release…………

Ridge will have a virtual tasting in April. Click here for details but for the moment – you can find their aerial tour and a

page that are worth a look as well as a full spectrum of wines in their online shop.

As we wrap up the 3rd day tour there are just a couple more Sonoma businesses to know about…..

Miyoko’s Creamery makes sensational cheeses from plants! My favorite is Black Ash. These vegan cheeses are incredible. Shop their products online.

Miracle Plum in Santa Rosa is an eclectic neighborhood market store where you can shop for some exceptional local fare to ship.

And finally, for even more – Sonoma County Farm Trails offers a list of businesses “open” during our shelter-in-place. It’s a terrific resource for finding other products.

It’s a difficult time for everyone and every business everywhere. We truly need to support one another in every way possible. Stay safe and stay healthy!