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Sierra Wine Opener: Drytown Cellars

By on January 17, 2016

Drytown Cellarsby J. Nalani Kahae

As any wine enjoyer can attest to, indulging in a glass or two can certainly add more flavor, if you will, to the routines of our daily lives. Located right off the historic Highway 49, Drytown’s own Drytown Cellars is a proponent of this mentality and boasts some of the very best wines in the region.

Although many may venture to this winery specifically for the aforementioned wine, there are entirely different characteristics exclusive to Drytown Cellars that could arguably hold its own in attraction value.

Fifteen years ago, Allen and Suzanne Kreutzer purchased the 40-acre winery portion of the Vaira family’s old cattle ranch. Within this acreage, were the Vaira’s farmhouse and barn – both of which still stand in working order today.

Drytown Cellars officially opened its doors to the public as a winery a year after its purchase and has since expanded in both construction and vineyard growth. Visitors will undoubtedly be treated to the spirited humor the Kreutzers offer in their stories about their town’s once bustling golden era. Learning of the town’s longstanding “determination to enjoy life while following their dreams,” can prepare visitors for the philosophy Drytown Cellars amplifies. That being said, owner and winemaker Allen Kreutzer is no stranger to either winemaking or business.

With a Bachelor of Science degree in Fermentation Science from UC Davis and a Masters degree in Agricultural Chemistry from Fresno State, Allen’s resume is uniquely his. He’s worked alongside Chateau Bottlers and Pedrizzetti between earning his degrees; and his background is extensively peppered with experience as a winemaker or consulting enologist for several different wineries.

Drytown cellars 3Today, both Allen and Suzanne treat their Drytown Cellars with a refreshingly scientific approach. While they do believe in wine as a celebratory enhancement, their focus is intentionally designed for daily consumption. They believe in the science behind their production methods in order to create a high quality bottle of wine for a budget-friendly cost. It has proven to be a successful methodology as they continue to produce several award winning wines each passing year.

Their current selection of varietals include these 2015 award-winning wines: Gold, 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, ’13 Barrel Fermented Viognier, ’14 Verdelho, ’14 Riesling, ’14 Rosé of Malbec, ’13 Estate Pinot Noir, ’13 Sangiovese, ’14 Barbera, Vaira Ranch Red, ’13 Primitivo, Red on Red, ’13 Estate Syrah, ’13 Estate Petite Sirah and Port.

All of these range in prices from $10-$20.

Drytown Cellars is open daily from 11am-5pm. For more information: Drytown Cellars 16030 Highway 49, Drytown (209) 245-3500, drytowncellars.com

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