Vintner Lou Preston said his winery – Preston of Dry Creek – is the reluctant debutante of the valley when it comes to wine events.

 At last Saturday’s Zintopia, he said  “We don’t do Passport because it’s maybe too much of a party atmosphere, with too many people, too intense … but this may be a good way to get our story out as a community.”


Zintopia in Geyserville was indeed a laid back affair, with 20-plus wineries pouring under a white tent, a jazz band playing and people perusing fresh produce in a scaled back Farmer’s Market just a few steps away from the tasting area. Foodies grazed on slider burgers, gourmet pizzas and sea bass.

Preston, 67, said “We’re basically a traveling show. With these tents you could set up anywhere.”

For the zin-enthusiast, here are some tasty picks from Zin Country

Ridge – 2007 East Bench Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, $30. A concentrated zin with great spice. Notes of zesty cherry, wild berry, plum, licorice and white pepper.

Wilson Winery, 2007 Estate Sawyer Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley, $32. A snappy zin with notes of black cherry, hint of rhubarb, herbs, caramel and spice.

Bella, 2007 Lily Hill Estate Zinfandel, $38. An ultra ripe zin, juicy and lush. Notes of cherry, raspberry, herbs and spice. Long finish.