Zinmaster Nalle Winery of Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma CA

Feb 5, 2018

Join Zinmasters April & Andrew Nalle as they discuss Nalle’s 100+ year family history, the power of Zin & Andrew’s winemaking philosophy on Episode 218 of Wine for Normal People

Fall 2022 Wine Club News

The 2022 vintage will be Doug Nalle’s 50th harvest! And the estate old vines turn 95. Big milestones here at Nalle.

Along The Wine Road: Multigenerational Family Wineries

We love reading articles from Along The Wine Road, from there monthly varietals to their winery spotlights. That is why we are so excited to be featured in part 3 of their series on multigenerational family wineries. This series explores the history of family run...

What’s in the bottle?

Where do wineries get their grapes? Nalle is estate grown and bottled, meaning we grow our own grapes and bottle at the winery. It might be hard to tell the difference when you see wines on the store shelf, but a lot of wines are outsourced fruit or pre-made juice...

Wine Grape Harvesting – When and How

In a nutshell harvest looks something like the following although it is my highly simplified version: Starting in August sometime, we begin brix sampling, which means we go through specific blocks of grapes to assess their sugar level. For example, we like to pick our...

Dry Farming and Drought

Simply put, dry farming means no use of irrigation water, and relying solely on natural precipitation. This is an old-fashioned, labor-intensive way of farming. In Dry Creek Valley, this method has traditionally depended on the Mediterranean climate here in Sonoma,...

Crack This Classic: Huevos Rancheros with Corn Tortillas

We love Huevos Rancheros for breakfast and dinner! Savor this egg-based dish with a combination of beans, fire roasted tomatoes, serrano chiles, lime juice, cilantro, hot sauce, and corn tortillas Find this recipe on food.winetrails.net and discover the perfect Nalle...

Not Your Average Chicken Salad

Ditch the celery and mayonnaise for a delicious next-level chicken salad that will have your guests asking for seconds. The dish offers a wonderful combination of fresh crisp mustard greens and pine nuts for the base of the salad, topped with lightly toasted bread...

A local favorite, Big John’s Market

Less than a 5-minute drive from Nalle Winery, one of our favorite partners is Healdsburg’s biggest little independent supermarket, Big John’s.

Indulge in Italian: Shrimp with Toasted Pine Nuts and Pasta

Try this Italian-inspired recipe for your next weekend get-together with family or friends. Lightly browned shrimp paired with a sweet sauce made with lemon rind, raisins, and pine nuts. This dish can be eaten alone, or along with a simple pasta for a full course....

How To Get The Perfect Yolk: Eggs Sunny Side Up

Need inspiration for next weekend’s brunch? Indulge in fried eggs served sunny side up over white rice Cuban style! We can’t get enough of the sautéed pineapple and plantains paired with a spicy habanero sauce.

Catelli’s Burrata & Prosciutto Pairing

 You would be hard pressed to find a Catelli’s review online that mentions their Burrata and Prosciutto and doesn’t carry a 5-star rating. This delicious appetizer is made with triple-cream mozzarella and San Daniele Prosciutto, which is served between fresh arugula...

Catelli’s Lasagna Pairing

Visitors say that you will feel like you’re lost as you venture those few extra miles up 101, or perhaps 128 if you’re coming from the east. But let your stomach be the guide and you will be delighted by the delicious food and family feel of this Geyserville gem....

Catelli’s Meatball Sliders Pairing

Even if you are new to Catelli’s, you may have heard of their famous meatball sliders on Guy Fieri's Diners Drive-Ins & Dives. This dish arrives as a trio of sliders, meatballs cooked to order, and covered in a light and flavorful slow cooked tomato sauce. Our...

Club Members Get The Goods

Let the good times roll! Thank you @kahana11 for sharing your good times with Nalle! Join the Squirrel Club for priority access to our zintastic limited production wines and new releases twice a year (spring and fall) at 20% off.   View this post on Instagram...

Wine On The Dime – Nalle Zinfandel Review

Join Wine On The Dime & Boozy Chef as they review our 2017 Dry Creek Valley Classic Zinfandel at the Historic Pearl in San Antonio, Texas! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNNYV2CEZq0

Decanter – The Zenith of Zinfandel

Quality fruit + great family = a rich tradition of food-friendly wine! "Doug Nalle & his wife Lee started their winery with the intention of making elegant, lean & complex Zins in the European style of noble red wines" - Decanter Read More

Lee’s Famous Creme Caramel/Flan

This is great for a large crowd. It has become Lee's most-requested dessert in the Dry Creek Neighbor's Club. She usually has to make a double-batch and rarely has anything left over to take home! 1/2 c. sugar 4 Tbsp. water, plus 2 Tbsp. cold water 4 whole eggs 4 egg...

Auntie Norma’s Tamale Pie Recipe

This is a family recipe featured in the Savoring Dry Creek Valley cookbook. Ingredients for cornmeal crust: 1 c. yellow corn meal 1 tsp. salt 1 c. cold water 2 c. boiling water Preparation: In a medium saucepan, mix corn meal with cold water. Add boiling water and...

Mexican Style Chicken Kiev Recipe

4 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts (12-oz. ea.) 1 can whole green chilies (7-oz.) 1/4 lb. Monterey Jack cheese 1/2 c. fine dry bread crumbs 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese, grated 1 tsp. chili powder 1/2 tsp. garlic salt 1/4 tsp. ground cumin 1/4 tsp. ground black...

Easy Baked Chicken Kiev Recipe

4 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1/4 c. butter or margarine, softened 1/2 tsp. oregano leaves 1 Tbsp. parsley, chopped 1/4 lb. Monterey Jack cheese 1/2 c. fine bread crumbs 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, grated 1 tsp. oregano leaves 1/2 tsp. garlic salt 1/2 tsp/...

Artichoke, Leek and Potato Soup Recipe

This is a Food and Wine Affair Recipe by Dan Berman, now applying his food expertise on the Big Island of Hawaii. Serves 8 Ingredients: Nalle Chardonnay, 1/2 cup 1 lb potatoes, peeled and sliced thin 1/2 lb yellow onions, sliced thin 1/4 lb leeks, white part only,...

Cinnamon Cure for Pork Recipe

The following recipe was used by Barbara Hom of Night Owl Catering (nightowl2@earthlink.net or 579-7801) at our Passport events. You'll love them just as much as the attendees did. For 1 whole pork loin or 1 pork shoulder or butt. Ingredients: 2 cups water 1 cup pinot...

Barbara’s Asian Cole Slaw Recipe

This recipe was also used by Barbara Hom of Night Owl Catering (nightowl2@earthlink.net or 579-7801) at our Passport events. Mix in bowl: 1/2 head shredded red cabbage 1/2 head shredded green cabbage 4 green onions chopped fine 2 tbs toasted sesame seeds 1/2 cup...

Three Berry Sauce for Nalle Pinot Recipe

Ingredients: 1/2 cup raspberries 1/2 cup blueberries 1/2 cup blackberries 4 tbs chopped shallots 1 tbs chopped ginger 2 tbs butter 1 cup Nalle Pinot Noir 2 cups beef stock 1 tps 5 spice powder (available in the spice section of most markets) 1 tbs honey 4 tbs soft...

Braised & BBQ’d Short Ribs Korean Style Recipe

Serves 4 Ingredients: 2# boneless beef shortribs dipped in flour 1 carrot peeled and cut into 6 pieces 1 onion peeled an cut into 1/8s 6 cloves garlic 2 stalks celery cut into 2" pieces 1/4 cup corn oil S and P to taste Enough stock, wine or water to cover- about 1-2...

Korean Style BBQ Sauce Recipe

Ingredients: 1/4 cup Ko chu Jang (a soybean paste w/ red peppers) available in Asian markets 4 garlic cloves chopped 2 T rice wine vinegar 2 T soy sauce 1 T sesame oil 1 T sesame seeds toasted 2 green onions - chopped 4 tsp sugar Preparation: Mix all Ingredients:...

Decanter – Heart of Zinfandel

Our 2015 Dry Creek Valley Zin was a top pick in Decanter magazine's 2018 "Heart of Zinfandel" article! Rich & juicy with blueberry + cherry aromas, this Zin is both refreshing & complex. Read more: Read More

Poke Recipe

Ingredients: 1# grade no. 1 ahi - cut into 1/2" cubes 2 roma tomatoes - peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2" cubes 3 green onions - chopped 1 T cilantro chopped 4 Tsp soy sauce 1 T sesame oil 1 T toasted sesame seeds 1 Teaspoon cinnamon 1 tsp chili flakes Salt and pepper...

Wine Weirdos – Nalle Zinfandel Review

Short, sweet, and to the point! Watch Mike and Brandon from @wineweirdos review our 2015 classic Dry Creek Valley Zin in under one minute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laWrgYmhwFw

Dry Creek Valley—Top 10 Wines You Can Buy Now

Yesterday, I published my Top Ten Wines of the Year that I pulled from my own cellar—wines that I had purchased or that I had received as a gift. Based on a few comments and a couple of emails, it was clear to me that some of you actually read this blog for...

The New California is an Old Story

The New California is an Old Story The move from power to finesse in Californian wine is the next big thing, but also a very old story, explains Mike Steinberger. In case you haven’t heard, the new thing in wine is the so-called New California. That’s the catchphrase...

California: Sipping Sonoma Flavors

What makes Sonoma County special? Doug Nalle talks fermentation, climate, and wine critics with New Zealand writer Alex Robertson. Read the full article: Read More

Sense of Restraint About Zinfandels

Eric Asimov THE wine panel generally explores a particular region, genre or vintage in all its manifestations. We might examine the 2007 Barolos, for example, or survey recent Mosel kabinett rieslings or Mendocino pinot noirs. Our tasting coordinator, Bernard Kirsch,...

Bohemian – Nalle Winery

We loved meeting @northbaybohemian columnist James Knight during his visit to Nalle in 2012! James explores the physicality of our wine, the crispness of the tannins, and Andrew’s studies at the university of Doug. Read More

Zinfandel – Is Bigger Better?

In the 2002 Wine Enthusiast article, "Zinfandel: Is Bigger Better?", contributing editor Paul Gregutt dubbed our 1999 Dry Creek Valley Zin a top pick due to its precision, vivacious berries & lip-smacking acids. You can give it a read here: Read More