Explore Kokomo Wines in Dry Creek ValleyJoe Campbell
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, a 4th generation farmer growing up in Dry Creek Valley, farming was a way of life. In 1984, he planted Peters Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast appellation, which previously had been a Gravenstein apple ranch owned by Randy’s father-in-law. At the time, Randy was one of the first growers to plant grapes that close to the coast 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 making the best quality wine.
Erik established Kokomo Winery in 2004, naming it for his hometown of Kokomo, Indiana. In 2008, Randy became a partner in the winery, which, with his vast winegrowing experience in various Sonoma County appellations, really completed the loop for Kokomo in ensuring consistency in quality and terroir year after year.
The Cypress tree logo on the wine bottles 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.
The winery was started with just 500 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon, but today produces nearly 20 varietals of wine, concentrating on small production, single-vineyard wines. Featured wines include Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, and Grenache from Dry Creek Valley; Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Russian River Valley; and Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Visitors to the winery enjoy a unique wine tasting experience, as they have incorporated the tasting room into the cellar. They also offer an exclusive reserve tasting area for wine club members by reservation.
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 merchandise is a customer favorite and you will find mementos from Erik’s hometown of Kokomo scattered throughout,” shared Director of Hospitality, Ross James.
OVERVIEW of Kokomo’s Wine Tasting Room
- Who – Kokomo Wines – Owner Erik Miller and Randy Peters
- What – Wine tasting room in Dry Creek Valley, California
- When – Reservations are available daily 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Rules for Everyone’s Safety:
We have implemented high standards of sanitation and safety protocols to ensure a fun experience in a safe and secure environment.
- We have arranged our tasting tables in accordance with social distancing regulations.
- All of our staff are required to wear face masks throughout their shift.
- Guests must wear a facial covering when arriving but can remove the mask during the tasting.
- High-contact surfaces (i.e. glasses, counters, tables & chairs) will be cleaned and sanitized before each reservation.
- We also ask that if you are feeling ill or have displayed any symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.
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
2019 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.