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Preston Vineyards Guadagni Table Wine

A few weeks back, my bff Kristi, Nate and I stopped by Preston Creek Winery on our way back from the Ladhabhoy nuptials in Healdsburg, Sonoma County (I went to a total of seven weddings this year- that's IT! NO MORE PLEASE!). Nate had heard about Preston and their organically grown wines from his vino connoisseur pops, so we decided to take a drive out to Dry Creek Valley and check it out.

I'm not gonna spend too much time talking about the winery cause I want to focus on this awesome jug of wine, the "Guadagni" that they have available on SUNDAYS ONLY.

So on Sundays, you get to go down into the barrel room in the back, where oak barrel after barrels are stacked on top of each other. Here is where you can get your special Sunday Guadagni jug of wine.

Preston Vineyards

This is how it goes: someone from the winery will grab an empty 3 liter jug and literally fill up this special Guadagni wine right there in front of you.

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Preston Vineyards

Then, she takes a new label and stamps this cute Italo-clown design right onto the label-- only then, does she stick the label onto the jug.

Preston Vineyards Guadagni Table Wine

What's so special about the packaging here is not only the outcome of the final product, but the process in which it was put together-- it makes the packaging that much more memorable. The jug! Filling it up right in front of you! The label! The stamp! All genius.

God I am such a PACKAGING WHORE.

This has become quite the Sunday tradition for the neighborhood folks, as I saw a bunch of people walk in with their own jugs to get refilled. You get a few bucks off for doing this, plus a new label each time, right over the previous one- there were some jugs that were nearly 20 labels deep! Love it!

The wine itself is an homage to Jim Guadagni, who was the unofficial Dry Creek mayor of sorts. His instincts and knowledge about soil and wine-making ran super deep, and he was much loved by the community. The stamp
drawing was designed by Susan Preston, the resident artist/ head mistress of the winery-- it reminds me adorable Gelsomina from La Strada.

Guadagni is mostly a Zinfandel blend, with Cinsault, Carignane and Mataro. It's a jammy, purple wine, which totally reminds me of the cheaper-than-water table stuff we drank every day in Italy.

The jug cost $32, and is the equivalent of four bottles of wine (if I did my math right). I read this money book a few months ago that told me to start buying in bulk, so I'm just following orders here. It lasts for up to six months so I figure I'll crack it open on Tday or take it to a dinner party. Can't wait!

Preston Vineyards

PRESTON OF DRY CREEK WINERY & VINEYARDS

9282 West Dry Creek Road
Healdsburg, CA
707.433.3372

*Kayoko currently lives in Cupertino, CA. She had Korean BBQ last night and despite several showers, still smells like a Garlic/Smoke/Beef Factory.