Could I have chosen a favorite wine that night?
“No favorites…” I was reminded by Dry Creek Kitchen’s wine director Rolando Maldonado. As if each bottle of wine was a child of his own, not one would be singled out. Of course, he’s right. Every bottle and varietal is so perfectly suited to certain foods and/or occasions. But, the selection of Sonoma County wines he showcased paired so harmoniously with every dish, I tended to exclaim, “I love this! They go so well together, perhaps my favorite!”
I hadn’t been to Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, CA in 10 years. But, last week I had the opportunity to dine there again with two close friends during a work trip. I loved it then, and I love it even more now. We met Rolando, who maintains Dry Creek Kitchen’s focus on all-Sonoma County wine selections. Rolando honors the traditions and people of Sonoma County by offering bottlings of passionate producers, burgeoning varietals, and well-loved classics. In collaboration with Dry Creek Kitchen’s chef, Rolando creates pairings that highlight the flavors and ingredients of Sonoma County to deliver truly memorable dining experiences. Below are visual highlights from the evening. Delicious food. Delicious wine.
The setting: A cold, rainy February night in the charming town of Healdsburg. After tromping through soft, rain-soaked vineyard soils while witnessing unusually early bud break in neighboring Geyserville, I was ready to drink some wine.
Cut to: Interior of Charlie Palmer Dry Creek Kitchen, with a staff committed to gracious conviviality, the atmosphere is welcoming, natural, and elegantly California wine country.