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Drink Hacker
October 2021

Review: Dutcher Crossing 2019 Sauvignon Blanc and 2015 Kupferschmid

Christopher Null reviews two of our favorites. Our 2019 Sauvignon Blanc became "a huge crowd pleaser at Drinkhacker HQ" with an endearing exuberance. He found our 2015 Kupferschmid to be "quite an earthy wine." Read the full reviews to learn more.

Art Confidential Magazine
September 2021

No Stranger to Trailblazing

To both her and her chief winemaker, taste is the most prominent attribute of all Dutcher Crossing wines. The intense flavors of the well-structured, premium fruit Mathy grows leads to longer mouthfeel length on the palate, more complexity in the wines, and the most ambrosial aromas one should be lucky to get a whiff of.

Wine Enthusiast
September 2021

What Does 'Stemmy' Mean in Wine?

Our own Nick Briggs helps explain the "whole-cluster fermentation" technique and how it influences the flavor of a wine. Done right, this technique provides complexity and tannic structure, with characteristics influenced by the condition of the stems.

Sonoma Magazine
July 2021

The Best Dog-Friendly Places in Sonoma County

This winery in northern Sonoma County greets four-legged guests with open arms. Dogs are welcome in their tasting room, as well as on the back patio and lawn

South Florida Reporter
June 2021

Wines To Pair With Whatever You BBQ

Dutcher Crossing Brothers Reserve Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2017. Named for the brothers of winemaker Debra Mathy who she so reveres, this spirited zinfandel is a great match to grilled meat – ribs, burgers and even beef. Plum, raspberry and blackberry notes abound.

Sonoma Magazine
May 2021

9 Favorite Sonoma Wineries for Picnics

The grounds are gorgeous and welcoming, the vibe rustic and calming and the wines excellent and fairly priced, sourced from the estate and top-notch vineyards

Food & Wine
March 2020

Sonoma Coast Wineries Need Your Love Now More Than Ever

“2016 Dutcher Crossing Chenoweth Vineyard Pinot Noir Russian River Valley ($52) Very pretty notes of dried rose petal and red licorice are framed by star anise and allspice that lift cherry and cherry pit flavors.”

Diablo Magazine
February 2020

One Free Weekend in Sonoma County

“Less than 10 minutes north of Healdsburg, Geyserville knows how to turn on the charm. While it’s frequently overshadowed by its ever-popular neighbor, life here moves at a slower, less crowded pace. Start your day by walking through the vineyards at Dutcher Crossing Winery, then sit down to a wine tasting accompanied by pastries from a local bakery.”

Napa Valley Register
November 2019

Wine, etc: Drink there 10 great zinfandels on Thanksgiving and beyond

“Dutcher Crossing Russian River Valley Bacigalupi Zinfandel 2016 ($37) - We liked this firm but reasonably complex zinfandel from the Russian River Valley. Generous raspberry and black cherry aromas mingle with blackberry and cherry flavors with oak-inspired hints of spice and vanilla. Excellent finish.”

Sonoma Magazine
June 2019

15 Best Sonoma Wineries for Picnics

“Dutcher Crossing Winery, Geyserville: If picnicking with your pup and a glass of cool chardonnay on a grassy knoll overlooking valleys and vineyards sounds like your ideal summer experience, Dutcher Crossing is the place to be. This dog-friendly winery has cheese and charcuterie boards available for purchase in its farmhouse-style tasting room to supplement your picnic basket, but guests are welcome to bring their own lunch to the scenic picnic area. 8533 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville, 707-431-2700, dutchercrossingwinery.com.”

KQED Check, Please! Bay Area
May 2019

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, Nick's Cove, Middle East Market

“2016 Dutcher Crossing Winery “Chenoweth Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California $45 - After trying a selection of wines from Sonoma’s Dutcher Crossing winery over the past few years, I’ve been impressed by the overall quality and complexity of the portfolio. This red showcases Pinot Noir’s lush side. Its red-fruited freshness is backed up by a supple texture making it an ideal pairing for richer dishes like Boeuf Bourguignon (a savory stew) and creamy cheeses such as French Epoisses or Camembert.”

D Magazine
April 2019

What to Drink Now, Dry Creek and Sonoma Valley

“Dry Creek also delivers delicious Bordeaux-style options, like the wines of Lambert Bridge, Sbragia, and Dutcher Crossing. Dutcher Crossing’s signature Taylor Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($45) melds dark cherry with dusty leather and tobacco.”

Napa Sonoma Magazine
December 2018

New Sips. The latest vinos and tasting rooms in wine country

“Dutcher Crossing Winery, Dry Creek Valley - Proprietor Debra Mathy takes pride in her small-lot Pinot Noir production, and the 2016 Dutcher Crossing Chenoweth Vineyard Pinot Noir shows off her hard work. It’s bright and juicy - the perfect complement to a holiday turkey dinner. Visit the property and you’ll likely be greeted by Dutchess, the house yellow lab. $47, dutchercrossingwinery.com”

Edible Marin & Wine Country
Fall 2018

Dog-Friendly Wineries

Wine Country visitors who don’t want to leave their pooches behind have discovered this utopian canine-friendly setting and the picturesque grassy knoll that Mathy says transforms into a “gourmet dog park” on weekends...The Dutcher Crossing Wine Club is full of fellow wine and dog lovers, all parties well-represented at the regular Wine Club picnics and barbecues.

KQED Check Please! Bay Area
September 2018

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: All Good Pizza, Kendejah Restaurant, Siam Bay Authentic Thai Cuisine

With a philosophy focused on small-lot, high-quality winemaking, owner Debra Mathy and winemaker Nick Briggs are making wines worthy of seeking out. The winery is based in Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma, but [the 2016 Bacigalupi] Chardonnay hails from a famed vineyard in neighboring Russian River Valley. It is rich and lush yet balanced and juicy with a streak of minerality reminiscent of top white Burgundy.

Paste Magazine
September 2018

52 Wines in 52 Weeks: Welcome to Planet Chardonnay

Not a shy wine! [The Bacigalupi Chardonnay] Goes for it, throwing out every note in the Chardonnay playbook, lemons, cream, grasses, apples, limes, white flowers, brown butter, almond pastry… you name it. Lingering, vibrant, elegant.

Eater SF
June 2018

17 Napa and Sonoma Wineries That Are Perfect for Picnicking

It’s surprisingly easy to sip the day away at this friendly boutique, and dog-friendly tasting room. Order up your favorite wine by the glass or bottle — they’ve got everything from carignan to cabernet — play a game of pétanque, and enjoy the panoramic views of Dry Creek Valley.

Forbes
April 2018

Not the Chardonnay You Think You Know: Top California Picks for Your Weekend

[The 2016 Bacigalipi Chardonnay] has narrative, and narrative to spare -- from 100% of its fruit being sourced from the Bacigalupi Vineyard (which was planted in 1956 and was also the source of the winning chardonnay in the 1976 Judgment of Paris tasting) all the way to winemaker Debra Mathy being the first single woman to own a winery in Sonoma County. But even before all of that was the wine itself, which stood out to tasters for a provocative, can't-put-my-finger-on-it aroma (pine sap? white pepper?) to a complexity so compelling that we wanted to pause and enjoy it on its own, aside from the "interruption" of food and the additional layers of taste it brings.

D Magazine
February 2018

What to Drink Now: Winter Wines

Dutcher Crossing Winemaker’s Cellar Kupferschmid Red melds red and black fruit with spice, oak, and fresh herbs. The perfect wine to enjoy with roasted pork belly.

Huffington Post
December 2017

What I’m Drinking in December by John Mariani

The [Winemaker’s Cellar Kupferschmid Red] label is quite a tongue twister...The winery is named after a crossing of two creeks on the property, and they encourage a very laid back style that welcomes visitors.

Kansas City Homes & Style
November 2017

Vino Party Picks

Kansas City Homes & Style writer Dave Eckert calls our Winemaker’s Cellar Kupferschmid Red one of his favorite domestic Rhone-style wines.

Sonoma Magazine
September 2017

17 Best Dog-Friendly Wineries in Sonoma County

On any given day, Dutcher Crossing Winery owner Debra Mathy and her winery dog, Dutchess, greet guests upon arrival - including the furry kind. Dogs are welcome in the tasting room, where they can try on winery-branded dog collars for purchase while their owners taste estate zinfandel and other small-production wines. The back patio and lawn offer a grassy, sunny spot to nibble on cheese and charcuterie, and play catch, while overlooking Dry Creek Valley.

KQED Check, Please! Bay Area
September 2017

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Waterfront Pizza & Mediterranean Restaurant, Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, Lolinda

A rustically elegant place that produces a wide range of wine, [Dutcher Crossing] carries the Zin torch with aplomb. Dry Creek Valley is arguably the best place for Zinfandel in northern California and this [2014 Maple Vineyard Zinfandel] captures a sense of place. It is balanced with dark fruit flavors, intense spicy aromas, and richness that wraps your palate in pleasure. Make a stop there on your next trip to Sonoma and taste through a variety of their Zins. Tell them Leslie sent you.

Sonoma Magazine
August 2017 Issue

8 Sonoma Wines to Pair with Barbecue

Winemaker Kerry Damskey added 25 percent Syrah to this [2014 Proprietor’s Reserve] Cabernet Sauvignon, infusing a meaty, smoky character to the wine — a culinary complement to grilled meat. Black cherry, cedar, barrel spice and gentle leafy herbs linger on the long, structured finish.

Honest Cooking
April 2017

34 Delicious Red Wines for End of Winter

[2015 Proprietor’s Reserve] Zinfandel is a beautiful deep red with purple hues. The Petite Sirah brings significance and depth to the wine while allowing the classic flavors of Zinfandel to shine through. Aromas of ripe berry and fresh plum give way to black pepper, cinnamon, clove, and oak. The palate comes alive with intense red fruit accompanied by mouth coating tannins and a balanced acidity that lingers.

D Magazine
March 2017

What To Drink Now: Sonoma County

Dutcher Crossing specializes in juicy, peppery Zinfandel, and black fruit-filled Cabernet. Both are delicious, but their Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc is a special find. With 90 percent of the fruit coming from Russian River, and partially barrel fermented using native yeasts, the textured wine highlights honey, stone fruit, and lime leaf.