One of the reasons that we were interested in headquartering our visit in the Dry Creek area was because you literally can’t turn around without encountering an interesting, Zinfandel-producing winery. This certainly proved to be true on this day.
Our last stop of the day was certainly one of the most interesting. The Teldeschi’s are an old grape growing family with a long history in the area. Frank is the fourth generation of the family and the one who started the winery. He has some unique ideas about producing wines.
Bella Vineyards is on West Dry Creek Road which is a narrow road running parallel to Dry Creek Road. One of their claims to fame is a cave tunneled under one of their vineyards that is used for barrel aging wine. It also contains the tasting room which lets you get into the spirit of things.
David Coffaro has a unique perspective on winemaking that has earned the respect of his peers. He definitely does things his way. Like the use of screw cap bottles. Or blending grapes you’ve hardly ever heard of. Or selling most of his wine as futures. Or making a wine from the bottom of every barrel. Or making wines that are affordable.
Pedroncelli is one of a number of multi-generational family wineries having been founded in 1927. The winery consists of a collection of rustic farm buildings a few miles off Dry Creek Road. We had visited the winery on one of our previous trips about ten years ago and found not much has changed…