Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Local (and Biodynamic) Alternative to VinItaly

Can't make it to #VinItaly this week? Don't worry. You can pay homage to a variety of Italian varietals right here in northern California at DaVero in Healdsburg's Dry Creek Valley region. DaVero is growing - it's got a new winery, lovely gardens, and best of all, some wonderful wines...Malvasia Bianco, Pinot Nero...and the rarely grown Sagrantino.
DaVero is the one of very few California wineries specializing in Italian varietals
Proprietor Ridgely Evers, of Quickbooks fame, still keeps his hand in the tech startup race, but has grown the winery and olive oil enterprise into a steadily increasing empire, healing heavily worn land into vibrant soils with Biodynamic farming with the help of Michael Pressley. Presley's official title? Soilkeeper.

DaVero started life as an olive oil maker; it then got into hillside vines and
later purchased an adjacent valley floor vineyard where it's been
healing the land, planting vines, and building a winery, all the
while paying homage to the olive tree
The private tasting room has great views of the property
A lovely Malvasia Bianco, a beautiful Pinot Nero, and best of all, a very fine Sagrantino
Tasting with proprietor Ridgely Evers
Pigs are happy as s---- here...they just got a new little pig shack (behind)
where visitors can come and see them
Obligatory Dry Creek Valley schwag - the bicycle shirt - in the tasting room
gift shop

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