We were fortunate enough to be featured on a Wine Road podcast! It was a great experience and we feel so lucky that we could participate. Check out the link below to listen and learn more about Zinfandel from Michael Talty. Thanks again to the Wine Road for the great opportunity.
The annual Passport to Dry Creek Valley event was a success thanks to all of those who helped out and participated in the event! It would not have been possible without all the help we received from friends and family as well as all of the lovely visitors we met throughout the fun and festive weekend! The beautiful weather matched with the quality wines and fun environment made this year one for the books! Our pleasant, enthusiastic, and knowledgable staff helped to make all who participated feel as welcomed and cared for as possible. Passport has always been a great way for visitors to get out and explore many of the fine wineries in the beautiful Dry Creek Valley all in one weekend while also enjoying many great food and wine pairings. Come out next year if you have not been able to attend thus far, it is a must see!
Plan your next Dry Creek Valley summer adventure now! We’re excited to be featured in the new Hidden Gems itinerary with 6 other great wineries! Click here to check it out at: http://www.drycreekvalley.org/itineraries/hidden-gems-itinerary/ from our friends at the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley!
THE ZIN ROAD – DRY CREEK VALLEY
You can spot gnarled, bushy old Zinfandel vines along the byways of many California counties – Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, San Juaquin, Amador, northern San Luis Obispo (Paso Robles). But the mother lode can be found on the roads lacing Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. And the tasting rooms along the way are the ideal place to try wines from ancient vines. We’ve mapped a few of the best to get you started.
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Talty – One of my favorite producers and when you speak with Michael Talty you can see why. He likes to talk about the flavors of his fruit popping before he begins to harvest and his wines really capture that fresh, bright, aromatic quality that Zin is capable of . Very much Zinfandel for Pinot Lovers if there is such a thing, these are just fabulous wines that express the ripeness and power of Zinfandel with a rather light touch.
Another amazing passport weekend this year experience great fun and great friends at Passport 2013. Beautiful weather coupled with great wines and fun loving people made this another year to rejoice at the amazing bond the wine country provides so many people. An excursion through Dry Creek provided visitors an opportunity to experience the unique family fun that is so rich here at Talty. You see it in our club members as much as those that have come for their first experience, Talty is what great Zin is all about!
More than 100 wineries in the Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys will participate in the annual Barrel Tasting Along the Wine Road. This is the largest wine tasting event in Sonoma County, and due to popular demand has been stretched to two weekends (with Friday optional for wineries, but many do participate). Barrel tasting is a unique opportunity to taste barrel samples (and often the same wine already in the bottle, from an earlier vintage) at the wineries, enjoy music, entertainment, and lots of great local food.
Snooth – February 8, 2012
…”Not only does Michael Talty embody the modern winemaking ethos, but he does it in such a down to earth way, championing one the country’s greatest vinous treasures like few others.”…
Gregory Dal Piaz
Talty Vineyards and Winery was just named Snooth’s Winery of the Year for 2011.
These great Zinfandels are made in limited quantities, and while some are long sold out, others are still available from the winery.
If you like Zinfandel, I urge you to give Talty a try. If you don’t like Zinfandel, you really owe it to yourself to try Michael Talty’s wines at least once. They redefine what Zinfandel can be!
Gregory Dal Piaz
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Snooth – January 2012
What is it with guys named Mike and Zinfandel? I’ve only had one year, though several vintages, of Michael Talty’s wines and I can honestly say they are a revelation. The perfumes and finesse these wines show are absolutely Burgundian, or as Burgundian as you’re gonna get with Zinfandel.
If you’re looking for power, there are better options out there. If you want to see and smell Zinfandel like never before, you have to try a Talty Zinfandel and pair it with food. Not just the bronto burgers and bison ribs that Zins naturally partner, these wines work with more elegant food. I’ve had great success pairing them with Italian food in particular!
This is the Opera of Zinfandel.
Gregory Dal Piaz
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