I may be a tad biased by this selection, as the proprietors of Dirty and Rowdy Family Winery (yes, that’s the real name) are close friends of mine. My friend Hardy Wallace, a former tech worker and wine blogger at Dirty South Wine followed his dreams and moved to California. These photos were taken while he was living in Sonoma and I spent a week with him all over Sonoma and Mendocino. I was actually a little skeptical as I’d only visited Napa previously but I can see how he fell in love with the place. Although I returned to the actual Dirty South, he stayed – and with fellow Atlanta friends Matt and Amy Richardson, and his now wife Kate started a winery.
As his wine blog tagline states, Hardy believes that wine is meant to be crunk. He doesn’t create boring wines. There are a lot of wineries in the state and they’ve definitely set out on purpose to do things a little differently. As much as I love spicy zinfandels, I doubt they have any plans to make them. You will find some semillon, mourvedre and soon, petite sirah.
The wines are small production, so they’re pretty hard to find. They release them in limited batches, and the website is currently sold out – however they’re available in selected restaurants and retailers in California and the East Coast, so you may get lucky. Your best bet is to sign up for their mailing list to keep tabs on what they’re up to next. Tumblr produced a fantastic video on their operation below, they’ve been featured by Instagram, and yes, even the New York Times think their juice is pretty swell.