Happy Wine Wednesday! This week I’m sharing an incredible experience I recently had at ZO Wines in Healdsburg – a hidden gem in Dry Creek Valley.
Opened in March of this year, ZO is the new kid on the block but already has won best of class for their 2017 Chardonnay at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. As someone who usually doesn’t reach for Chardonnay, I LOVED theirs!
ZO is nestled out in Dry Creek Valley, and is comprised of a cottage built in 1906 (and renovated beautifully), a small winery, and a just-over-10-acre vineyard. The cottage is absolutely stunning – tastings are held on the back patio or in a little room overlooking the vineyard, and there are four different rooms available to stay in (rented through ZO’s website or AirBnB).
The tasting was a unique experience – Kevin, ZO’s Tour Operations Manager, led us through a tasting that featured a fun educational component centered around tasting notes. Each of us had a tasting note wheel in front of us, and after we took a sniff and sip of the wine, Kevin would give us a small vial of distilled essence of the tasting note (think essential oils format) and we would guess what the note was based on the category and the smell. It was a super interactive and non-pretentious way to learn more about their wines, and is a great feature for group tastings!
In between tasting different wines, Amber (@amusedblog) and I loved touring the cottage and even chatted about how we need to celebrate next year’s birthdays (we are both Virgos!) with a staycation at ZO! Each room feels like a cozy wine safe haven, and are very affordable for right in the middle of Dry Creek Valley ($165 to $220 per night). In addition, ZO offers custom tours of local wineries to complete the wine country experience (see more info on their website here).
My favorite wine I tasted at ZO is their 2017 Zinfandel Winemaker’s Select ($48), and Amber’s was the 2017 Carignane ($40). I would highly recommend both the tasting experience and purchasing a bottle to take home – the tasting experience is a great way to learn about their different wines, and you are sure to find one (or more!) to fall in love with.
ZO Wines deserves more of a spotlight – they are truly such a fun spot! To book a tasting or learn more, visit their website at ZOWines.com.
Disclaimer: ZO Wines was kind enough to provide a complimentary tasting. All opinions and photos are my own.