Our second stop on the #PetalumaMade wine blogger tour took us just down the road to Azari Vineyards, where Kaveh Azari welcomed us along with their winemaker Niko. We first tried their riesling blend, Corkscrew Luma Blanc, a very crisp, tasty, and affordable wine ($20 retail) that they just started bottling. It was very citric with aromas of apricot and flavors of white peach and orange. It was so new it wasn’t even labeled yet, which I learned is what’s called a “shiner” by some in the industry.
Azari Vineyards typically only produces 100 cases each season and most wines go for $60-$70 so they’ve actually started a second label, Corkscrew, to be more accessible and affordable to the average consumer. One of the wines we tasted from the Corkscrew label was their rose, which was very lovely indeed.
Kaveh told us more about why Petaluma wines are so unique. The wind coming in from the San Francisco Bay makes the grapes smaller and their skins thicker. In turn, this makes their wines very fruity, but somewhat dry. Interestingly, grapes have been cultivated in the Petaluma area long before their more famous Napa County neighbors!
Outside of the tasting room they have a traditional wood-fire pizza oven and made us some deliciously simple cheese with prosciutto pizza. I’m not usually a huge fan of prosciutto, but it was just enough to give the pizza some body. And that crust was to die for! It definitely made for a very unique tasting experience to have our wine with the lovely pizza. Not a pairing I’d have immediately thought of, that’s for sure.
We finished off our pizza and tasting at Azari with their Corkscrew Luma Rouge, which is a blend of 95% syrah and 5% vigonier. It was delightful, even more so because Azari donates 5% of the Luma Rouge proceeds back to the Petaluma community through various organizations. Drink wine and give back? Sign me up!
Azari Vineyards is a family-owned winery producing ultra-premium Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Riesling from their 10-acre hillside estate.
1399 Spring Hill Rd.
Petaluma, CA 94952