I have a confession to make: California Sonoma County, and more specifically, Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley, was my first love on the West Coast. No, not Napa, or California’s coastal cities of San Diego, Los Angeles, or San Diego. Rather it was the town of Healdsburg and Sonoma’s off-the-beaten-path wine appellation of Dry Creek Valley in Healdsburg.

And what’s not to love? It’s got wineries (obviously), it’s got first-class breweries, it has a lake, and it’s a stone’s throw away from the Pacific Ocean! If it’s good enough for Francis Coppola (who has a winery just north in Geyserville, and has wine featuring Dry Creek Valley grapes), then it’s good enough for me.

And over the years I’ve shared photos and stories about visiting Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. But rather than merely show you more photos that I’ve captured from the Dry Creek Valley, today I want to share photos from locals themselves. I recently teamed up with the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley to organize an Instagram vineyard walk at the very photogenic Amista Vineyards with a number of local Dry Creek wineries. The evening really highlighted the uniqueness of the region, the uniqueness of Dry Creek’s wines, and the uniqueness of local photographers. More than 40 people showed up, naturally, on Wine Wednesday for a sunset vineyard walk. There are worse ways to spend a weekday evening.

So today I’m coming to you with photos of Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley from locals themselves and DCV’s first Instameet.

Sonoma Dry Creek Valley Instameet

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