I’m breaking one of my rules today. I previously visited DaVero. This winery was not on my original list – I warned you it may change! But, I decided that it was close enough to qualifying that it deserved to make my lineup. I initially visited DaVero two years ago as part of the 2018 Dry Creek Passport event. And I was NOT impressed. I loved their wines. But they refused to sell to me at the event because I wasn’t a member. I can understand that as part of their normal process, but at a passport weekend event? Why is a winery participating??? Just to gain members? I’ve vented about this with so many people, I’ve lost count!
DaVero has come up as a suggestion at least a half a dozen times over the past year. Every time I explain that I’ve been there, but see absolutely no reason to go back. However, while I had friends joining me in Sonoma for Wine Road’s Winter Wineland event (I’ll be posting about that in a couple of weeks), one of my friends wanted to sign up and become a member. He really loves DaVero wines and wants to be able to purchase them. So, one of the days he was here I treated him to a tasting at Flowers and he treated me to a tasting at DaVero with our member perks. I haven’t decided if I’ll share about our Flowers visit as it, too, breaks my rules.
Oh, and I made sure to share my experience with DaVero who apologized up and down. And at the end of my visit, our tasting host (I don’t recall his name) asked if my opinion changed – and it indeed has.
DaVero is more than just a winery, it’s a farm as well. In addition to wine, they also produce olive oils and jams. We were given a brief tour of the farm and even met Boris, their winery pig. Despite appearances, Boris isn’t soft and cuddly. He’s really wiry and pretty dirty. I mean – he is a pig! I’m not sure he enjoyed all of the attention I gave him as he almost immediately got up and wandered out of his little barn. I snapped all sorts of photos of the farm so I’m just going to dump them below for your viewing pleasure. The building in the last photo is where our private tasting was held. I’ve visited in the Spring and their farm is gorgeous when it’s not winter!
After our tour, we headed into our little “shed”. That’s the best term I can use to describe it. It’s was cozy and comfortable.
DaVero specializes in Italian Varietals. And we were here for their Sagrantino. My friend absolutely loves their Sagrantino and scored some a few years back. Apparently we have their Sagrantino to thank – it’s the reason they’re a winery and not an olive….orchard? Is that what you call a farm that grows olives, an orchard? You get the picture. The story goes that their owner had a taste of Sagrantino and declared that his business was ruined. I think that’s the word that was used. He returned to his property and started planting grapes!
The map above illustrates why Italian varietals grow well in Northern California – it has some geographical similarities to Italy. I’ve heard the same about Oregon and France when comparing Pinot Noir regions.
The tasting experience was delightful and paired with small bites that also highlight their olive oils and jams. And, pretty unique for a winery, as a member you have the option to get some of their olive oils and jams in your club allocation. I’m not a member but thought it was a fun feature – I enjoyed what I tasted!
I’m honestly glad I returned for another visit. That’s what I love about passport or event weekends. You have the opportunity to visit a winery and try a small selection of their wines. It’s enough to give you a taste to see if you like their style of wines. It’s then fun to return and try some of their other lineup during a more personal visit. That’s exactly what happened here!
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