Christopher Creek Winery

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641 Limerick Lane , Healdsburg, CA 95448

(707) 433-2001

About This Winery

Old-fashioned hospitality and good Rhone-style wines make for great company at this funky little spot on the northeastern fringes of the Russian River Appellation. The shingled, redwood barn-like winery is a classic old family-run operation sitting on a hill surrounded
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Old-fashioned hospitality and good Rhone-style wines make for great company at this funky little spot on the northeastern fringes of the Russian River Appellation.

The shingled, redwood barn-like winery is a classic old family-run operation sitting on a hill surrounded by their Petite Sirah estate vineyards. The small cozy tasting room is a throwback from the large destination wineries. The homey, rustic tasting space has low wooden-beamed ceilings, a tile floor and a small inlaid-tile tasting counter. The seasoned staff works to find the right wine for your taste, and is a fountain of information.

In addition to Rhone-style wines, the winery produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Chardonnay and richly flavored port. Their small vineyard is planted to Syrah, Petite Sirah and Cabernet. All the fruit comes from either the Russian River Valley or the Dry Creek Valley.

The red wines are made using small, open-top tanks, with the wine being “punched down” twice a day for up to two weeks during fermentation. French and American oak barrels are used for aging. The goal is to produce intense, perfectly balanced wines that are approachable, with medium tannins and the aging potential of three or four years.

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Winery Information

Hours: Open Friday to Monday 11 to 5 pm and by Appointment
Tasting Fees: Complimentary Tasting
Tours: Informal Tours
Price Range: $25 to $30 per bottle
Vineyards: 10 acres
Production: 5,000 cases
Winery Dog: Moki “the mooch”

Amenities

  • Gift Shop

Ambiances

  • Casual & Relaxed
  • Family Run
  • Kid Friendly
  • Off the Beaten Path

Wine Types

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah

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At J Winery you have the option of doing a reserve tasting or a regular tasting, both are deliciously paired with freshly prepared appetizers. A single tasting includes 2 of each appetizer, as sharing one tasting is common. The tasting room is often very crowded on weekends, but the tasting is worth it. The normal tasting starts with their sparkling wine and usually ends with a Pinot Noir. The reserve room is a separate room with comfortable couches to lounge on. You have a choice of flights, both involving Pinot Noir. J Winery's winemaker/owner is the daughter of the Jordans, of the famous Sonoma winery - Jordan Winery. I am a big fan of wineries that do food and wine pairings. J obviously employs a talented culinary staff, because the appetizers are excellent. The wine is very good as well. The thing I can't understand is with talent in the kitchen and talent in the tasting room, why can't they make the pairings work? The last 4 times I was there, the food did nothing to improve the wine, and in several cases the wine was better without the food. Be sure to always taste the wine first, then the food, then the wine again, in any food and wine tasting.

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