Perry Creek Winery, El Dorado County
Ever since our latest ‘Bring Out the Barrel’ ticket giveaway’ on SacFoodies, I’ve been eager to go wine tasting and check out the nearby El Dorado County wineries.
A couple of weeks ago, my boyfriend and I finally made the one-hour drive to El Dorado County, where we visited Perry Creek Winery on the Fair Play Loop. We had a great experience—not only was the weather great, but the wine was too.
We called ahead of time (which was recommended) to make a reservation for a complete winery experience—wine (and barrel) tasting, a winery tour and a nice outdoor lunch. As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by the tasting room staff and treated to a short and informative tour around the estates led by the winemaker, Jonathan.. Perry Creek did not disappoint. Jonathan was not only a true wine expert, but was very friendly and talked with us about the wine in way that was easy for us non-wine experts to understand.
We were first guided around the tasting room and up to the winery where we were able to barrel taste and walk amongst hundreds of barrels of wine. It was very surprising to learn that Perry Creek’s Altitude Syrah grapes, from the same vines but picked at different times and placed in different barrels, can each taste totally different from each other.
After barrel tasting in the winery, we headed to the tasting room where we were able to try a few different wines. Flavorful cheeses and tastes of Perry Creek’s delicious olive oils and vinaigrettes were also provided alongside fresh bread for perfect pairings. The tasting room even features a gourmet deli case full of artisan meats, cheeses, fresh bread and other snacks for purchase.
We spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying lunch out on the tasting room’s patio, which Jonathan had arranged for us from a local restaurant called the Gold Vine Grill. I had the delicious Turkey Reuben Panini (sliced turkey, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and roasted red pepper spread on grilled ciabatta bread) while my boyfriend had the Buck’s BBQ Burger (seasoned all beef patty with bacon, cheddar cheese and a tangy barbeque sauce). It was nice to dine outside while discussing the history of Perry Creek wines with Jonathan.
We had a great time at Perry Creek and are already researching other El Dorado County wineries with hopes of planning another wine tasting trip up there sometime soon!
Note: Passport Weekend is coming up soon! On March 26-27 and April 2-3, over 26 El Dorado County wineries (including Perry Creek!) will be hosting the region’s annual Passport wine and food event featuring plenty of wine and food pairings, barrel tastings, enjoyable art and music and fun-loving participants. Tickets cost $70 per person ($26.61 for designated drivers) for the whole weekend. A limited number of tickets are still left (the event usually sells out) and can be purchased by calling (800) 306-3956. For more information, visit the El Dorado Winery Association’s website.
Perry Creek Winery
7400 Perry Creek Road
Fair Play, CA 95684
Hours: 11a.m. – 5p.m. daily