And the valley is not large by other wine regions' standards, still, there are over 40,000 acres of vines planted with Merlot, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Pinot Noir and other lesser varieties.
Since it is still a rather warm climate region for grape-growing, the types of wines that you will find here overall will be the bigger reds like Cabernet, Syrah and maybe Zinfandel (and some great Rosé wines!).
And trust me on this; I've always paused before any Rosè due to my inherent association with it to that perfidious and insipid White Zinfandel that rued the day for the wine-drinking public in the 1980's.
There are a number of lesser grapes that have made into wine, such as Lambrusco (a fizzy, grapey red from Italy), Zinfandel (a spicy red that is considered Amercia's heritage wine) and other varietals.
In retrospect the Zinfandel makes sense as the typical brambly characteristic of the grape could be detected but something else was helping to smooth out the sometimes harsh aspect of Zinfandel.
Wine Party Picnic Gift Basket - Ravenswood Duo, includes a bottle of Zinfandel and one of Chardonnay, sun-dried tomato tapenade, merlot cheddar cheese, crackers, summer sausage, $100.
Anyway, I use the rack for wines that I don't mind being left out and drink as a "weeknight" wine where I may open a bottle of zinfandel or a cab and cork it until the next evening.
The Dry Creek estate winery is known for its Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Sauvignon Blanc varietals that do particularly well in this Pacific maritime-influenced wine region.
Lighter whites, included Sauvignon Blanc, white Zinfandel and Pinot Grigio should also be chilled in the refrigerator for around an hour to an hour and a half before serving.
The juicy, spicy wines are not for the faint of heart, but if you're looking for a full-bodied, deep purple wine to pair with spicy foods, then Zinfandel is a great choice.