Perched on the east side of Dry Creek Valley within Sonoma County, Kokomo Wines represents a partnership between Erik Miller and Randy Peters. A true balance exists as Erik oversees the winemaking responsibilities and Randy handles the grape growing and vineyard management parts of the business.
- Wine Club
- Scenic Views
- Indoor Seating
- Picnic Area
- Pet Friendly
- Kid Friendly
- Art Displays
- Outdoor Games
- Winery Dog
- Gift Shop
- Wheelchair Accessible
After graduating from Purdue University, Erik left Indiana and moved out to Northern California. While working a couple of different jobs, he was offered a harvest intern position at Belvedere Winery in the Russian River Valley. Within two weeks, he knew this would be his career path– Erik wanted to make wine for a living.
For Randy, growing up in Sonoma County, farming was a way of life. In 1984, he started Peters Vineyard, which prior had been an apple ranch that Randy grew up working on as a child. At the time, he was the first grower to plant grapes that far south in Sonoma County. In 2005, Randy started selling grapes to Erik and their relationship continued to blossom from there as they both realized they had similar approaches to wine.
Partnering together they established Kokomo Wines, named after Erik’s hometown of Kokomo, Indiana. For their bottles, they use a Cypress tree, which not only represents Erik’s move out to the west coast, but also a symbol of balance, which is a key tenet of Kokomo Winery’s approach to their overall business. Erik’s approach to making wine is more artistic and is enhanced by his intimacy with the pieces of land he works with. His relationships with these vineyards goes back 15+ years and he has the privilege of working with them year in and year out.
One key fixture is their Cabernet Sauvignon from Ruth’s Vineyard in Alexander Valley, which is powerful yet graceful and has an unmistakable characteristic of earthy and dark berry flavors. Ruth’s Vineyard is 100 acres and situated in the Alexander Valley while sharing the west bank of the Russian River. Grown in Cortina soil, the 30-year-old vines force the grapes to work harder and produce smaller berries that generate slightly more intense flavors. Erik noted, this is the only fruit sourced from Alexander Valley and it is a blessing to have as part of the overall vineyard portfolio.
As part of an interesting project the winery is involved in, the beachfront community of Seaside in Florida chose Kokomo Wines to develop a private label collection of handcrafted wines. They can be purchased within local restaurants and retail shops within Seaside. “Kokomo’s philosophy of sustainability and our reputation for being stewards of the land garnered their attention and we formed a partnership. This is a small project that is focused on making sustainable wines for a sustainable community,” said Tasting Room Manager Ross.
At the end of the day, visiting Kokomo Winery is a down to earth and laid back experience. “We take our wines seriously, but not ourselves. Our groovy merchandise is a customer favorite and you will find mementos from Erik’s hometown of Kokomo scattered throughout,” concluded Ross.
OVERVIEW of Kokomo’s Wine Tasting Room
- Who – Kokomo Wines – Owner Erik Miller and Randy Peter
- What – Wine tasting room in Dry Creek Valley, California
- When – Reservations are available Wednesday – Sunday at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm
- Where – 4791 Dry Creek Rd. Healdsburg, CA 95448
- Reservations – can be made by visiting www.kokomowines.com – If you have any questions, feel free to call 707.433.0205 or email at email@example.com.
New Rules for Everyone’s Safety:
Please review the following guidelines and safety protocols that our team has put into place to ensure a fun experience in a safe and secure environment:
- We have moved to a reservation-only system for all winery visits to better serve our guests and protect the health and safety of our guests and employees.
- If we have excessively warm or wet weather, we may have to cancel and reschedule your tasting appointment for the safety and comfort of our guests and employees.
- We have arranged our tasting tables in accordance with social distancing regulations.
- All our staff are required to wear face masks throughout their shift.
- All guests must wear a facial covering when arriving but can remove the mask during the tasting.
- All high-contact surfaces (i.e. glasses, counters, tables & chairs) will be cleaned and sanitized before each reservation.
- All staff members are required to follow proper handwashing procedures in between guest interactions and after cleaning and sanitizing.
- All staff members will be screened before each shift to ensure they are healthy and able to work.
- Guests will also need to sanitize their hands as they enter the building at one of our sanitizing stations.
- We also ask that if you are feeling ill or have displayed any symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and reschedule your reservation.
2019 Zinfandel – sourced from Timber Crest Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley grown in a block of 40-year-old vines. Beautiful dark cherry aromatics on the nose with flavors of blackberry, raspberry, and black pepper.
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon – sourced from Ruth’s Vineyard in Alexander Valley this wine has flavors of blackberry, black currant, black currant, and just a touch of chocolate. This is the ideal Springtime barbecue wine if you are cooking up hamburgers or steaks.
2018 Chardonnay – sourced from Peters Vineyard in the Russian River Valley where the coastal fog extends well into October. Lovely floral aromatics on the nose wh flavors of apple, apricot and pineapple. This vibrant yet earthy wine would pair nicely with a creamy Risotto
2020 Sauvignon Blanc – flavors of orange and lemon with a nice crisp clean finish. Great natural acidity and minerality characteristics round out this versatile wine. This wine would go great with a grilled seafood dish.
About Dry Creek Valley Wineries
Located northwest of the town of Healdsburg. The area was formed by Dry Creek, a tributary of the Russian River, and is approximately 16 miles long and 2 miles wide. The appellation benefits from the proximity of the Lake Sonoma reservoir for irrigation in this relatively dry area.
160 wineries are currently sourcing grapes from the Dry Creek Valley AVA, and 50 wineries call the area home. Dry Creek Valley AVA is home to the majority of the Sonoma vineyards of E & J Gallo Winery, who established winery facilities in the valley in the early 1990s.