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Feb 14,


KonMari Your Wine Cellar in 4 Easy Steps!

The craze to declutter, inspired by Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying: A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever”, is taking the world by storm. Kitchens, closets, and everything in between are being examined thoroughly to find which items ‘spark joy’ and which should find a new life somewhere else. So how can this method be applied to your home wine cellar?


Step 1: Visualize What Kind of Connoisseur You Are

Visualize the kind of wine that you want to be drinking, and also how you want to be displaying and/or storing it. Is a six-bottle rack on the counter perfect for your lifestyle? Or do you subscribe to the theory that bigger is better and have dreams for a built-in wine refrigerator or fully insulated wine closet with a chilling unit? While not everyone has the space or budget to fulfill these dreams, it will bring into focus how much of a wine connoisseur you really are or want to be.


Step 2: Which Bottles Spark Joy

According to Kondo, the next step is to keep only those items that spark joy. Do all of the bottles that you have make you happy? Or are you just keeping bottles around because you feel guilty discarding them? Have your tastes and preferences changed over the years? Are you discovering leaking bottles or corks that are pushing out? Extend this process to your stemware and accessories as well. Do you love your mismatched wine glass collection or would you prefer to donate them and start fresh? Does your corkscrew work or do you have several that are broken stashed in your junk drawer? The point is to only have the things that are useful and that you want, not just collecting things for the sake of having them.


Step 3: Sort & Organize By Category, Varietal or Function

The chief organizing principle of KonMari is to store like items together. Take this as an opportunity to conduct an inventory of your wine stash. Do you always buy a bottle of Chardonnay at the store to have on hand for guests even though you only drink Cabernet? Seeing how much of each varietal you have will help you to make smarter buying choices in the future, and also make you the best party host when you know you have something that everyone will love.


Step 4: Store Vertically, Cool & Dark

Think vertically when you are ready to set up your storage. Bottles with natural corks should be stored on their sides so that the liquid is up against the cork, to prevent it from drying out. Horizontal racking that can stack vertically is a space-efficient way to store your cellar treasures without harming the wines themselves. Look for a space that can stay cool (between 45˚-65˚F) and is away from direct sunlight to protect the wine and keep it in the best condition until you are ready to open and enjoy it!

Tag us in your before and after photos on Instagram so we can raise a toast to your newly sparked joy!


Feb 13,


Dry Creek Vineyard Perks at Hotel Trio

Sleep in, taste more, and do more at Hotel Trio, a new hotel set at the entrance to Dry Creek Valley in Healdsburg. Hotel Trio offers travelers the best of both worlds: a hub for exploring wine country, and plenty to enjoy just footsteps from your door. Reserve this limited-time offer to receive an exclusive rate along with a complimentary tasting for two at Dry Creek Vineyard, a complimentary half-bottle of wine daily, two hours of Zagster bicycle usage, complimentary parking, upgraded high-speed WiFi, and a complimentary shuttle to and from downtown Healdsburg.

Promo Code: A2603


Or call (707) 433-4000 and ask for Wine Country Offer A2603


Dec 25,


Happy Holidays!

We raise a glass to ugly sweaters and white elephant gifts. To saggy air mattresses and matching family pajamas. We raise a glass to old stories that change every year, and punchlines that have long been forgotten. To the wine you bring to share and the bottle that you stash for later. We raise a glass to those we have lost, and to the new faces that have come into our lives.

We raise a glass to all of you, and thank you for being a part of our family.

Wishing you the happiest of holidays, from our family to yours!


Answer key:

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Dec 17,


Delicata Squash Flatbread

Paired with 2017 Dry Chenin Blanc

Whether you’re sharing a date night with a loved one or a party with friends, there’s always room for flatbread and wine! Currently on rotation, this easy delicata squash flatbread paired with 2017 Dry Chenin Blanc. Chenin Blanc is easily one of my favorite white wines (but I might be partial since I live in the valley where some of the grapes are grown). Dry Creek Vineyard is a winery in Healdsburg, California and has been family owned since 1972.

– Recipe by Erin Alderson of Naturally Ella


  • 1/2 pre-made pizza dough
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 to 3 cups thinly sliced delicata squash
  • 1/3 cup sliced shallots
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere
  • 2 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Flaky salt


Heat your oven to 475˚F. Roll the dough out on a cornmeal covered tray. Rub with olive oil and layer the squash, shallots, and cheeses. Bake until the crust is crisp and the cheese is bubbly, 15 or so minutes. To make the chili oil, heat a small pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil and warm. Remove from heat and add in the crushed red pepper. Let rest until the flatbread is done.

Drizzle the finished flatbread with the oil, thyme, and flaky salt as desired.

Click here for a downloadable recipe card.


Dec 06,


Kale and Seasonal Fruit Salad

Paired with 2017 The Mariness - Dry Creek Valley

Fresh and seasonal, this delicious kale, fruit, goat and blue cheese salad is perfectly balanced just like our premier 2017 Mariness.

Our inaugural vintage displays intense aromas of cantaloupe, pear, lemon and lime. After a few minutes, softer floral nuances come forward mixed with deeper, musky characters for added complexity. The palate is fresh and sophisticated with vibrant flavors of honeydew melon, Meyer lemon and a touch of peach. The bright acidity of this refreshing wine is balanced by the creamy mouthfeel contributed by aging in French oak, acacia and chestnut barrels. Pair this beautiful white Bordeaux-style blend with this fresh and delicious salad that’s easy to make at home.


  • 4 cups baby kale
  • 4 figs, quartered
  • 1 ripe pear, cored and thinly sliced
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 cup red grapes, halved
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • 8 oz wheel goat Brie, cut into small wedges or chunks
  • 1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup cider
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


Core and slice the pear, then squeeze fresh lemon juice on it to prevent browning. Quarter
the figs, half the grapes, chop the hazelnuts and cut the Brie into wedges or chunks. Place kale in a wide
shallow salad bowl. Sprinkle the fruit, cheese and nuts on top of the kale.

To make the dressing, put all the dressing ingredients in a wide mouth jar. Whisk to a creamy consistency.
Drizzle the dressing on the salad just before serving or serve with the dressing on the side. Serves 4.

Click here for a downloadable recipe card.