Prelude to Passport

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PRELUDE TO PASSPORT 

Prelude will feature select vineyard tour lunches and intimate Winemaker dinners hosted by Dry Creek Valley Wineries and Growers.

 

Prelude to Passport Friday, April 28, 2017

Kick off Passport to Dry Creek Valley weekend with a vineyard tour lunch or winemaker dinner. This is your opportunity to enjoy carefully selected wine and food pairings and spend time with your favorite winemaker or learn about grape growing directly from the source.

Tickets are limited and are sold first-come-first-serve starting February 1 at 10:00 a.m. PST.

 

These are 2016 Lunch & Dinner descriptions.

2017 Prelude Participants will be announced end of 2016.

 

LUNCHES

Comstock – Kick off your 2016 Passport at one of Dry Creek Valley’s newest wineries. Specializing in wines that highlight the bounty of Sonoma County, we invite you to experience wines that are as delicious as they are memorable. Join our Winemaker, Chris Russi, on a tour of our state-of-the-art winery, followed by an afternoon of good games, grand food and great wines! Enjoy our regulation size Bocce Court, then get hands on at our interactive carnitas tacos station made in our Mugnaini oven paired with delicious Comstock Wines.

Lunch at Comstock begins at 12n on 4/22.
1290 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg

Sbragia Family Vineyards – Sbragia Family Vinyards invites you for an al fresco lunch on our terrace overlooking Dry Creek Valley. Start off with an authentic Italian antipasto platter and spring salads. The main course includes grilled bistecca fiorentina, roasted chicken with porcini rosemary butter and roasted vegetables straight from the farm. Courses are paired with Sbragia’s award winning Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Lunch at Sbragia begins at 11:30am on 4/22. 9990 Dry Creek Rd, Geyserville

Cast Wines 
- Cast Wines is pleased to welcome Passport guests for a scenic vineyard lunch. You’ll enjoy our wines paired with a delicious 3-course lunch prepared by Peloton Caterers, known for farm-to-table cuisine. Hosted by our owners, Jack and Ann Seifrick, John Miller, and our winemaker, Mike Gulyash, you’ll learn about our winemaking techniques as well have the opportunity to ask questions. Cast is a boutique winery, focused on crafting well-balanced wines, tasted in an atmosphere of casual hospitality amid stunning surroundings.

Lunch at Cast Wines begins at 11am on 4/22.
8500 Dry Creek Rd, Geyserville

Collier Falls – Enjoy a garden to table luncheon overlooking the pond at Palindrome Vineyard. The meal will be served with a selection of delectable Collier Falls wines. Owner, Barry Collier, will guide you through each wine so you can further enjoy this amazing taste experience. Prior to the meal you will enjoy a vineyard tour among the zinfandel and syrah grapes, led by vineyard manager and owner, Ed Neil.

DaVero – Come and enjoy a lunch prepared by chef/owner Colleen McGlynn and hosted by her husband Ridgely Evers. A true farm-to-table experience, our Italian varietal wines are paired with produce, olive oil and meat from our certified biodynamic farm, then prepared in our wood burning oven.Lunch at DaVero begins at 11:30am on 4/22.
766 Westside Rd, Healdsburg

Papapietro Perry – Come join us for a winemaker lunch to start the Passport celebration a little early! Enjoy a catered lunch in our cellar and hear from our Winemaker, Ben Papapietro, about his history of winemaking and his approach to it. Hope to see you there!

Lunch at Papapietro begins at 11:30am on 4/22.
4791 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg

Peterson – Take in the beautiful views as you tour Peterson Winery’s estate vineyard near the top of Bradford Mountain. Walking through blocks of the different varietals with owner and grower Fred Peterson offers a unique opportunity to explore the characteristics of an exceptional mountain vineyard. Lunch will be served under the oaks, while courses will be paired with wines form Bradford Mountain Estate, chosen to both accompany the dish and showcase the vineyards unique terroir. *Attendees must be able to hike a mile with a moderate slope and uneven ground.

Lunch at Peterson begins at 11am on 4/22.
4791 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg

Preston of Dry Creek Lou and Susan Preston share thoughts, a tour, and tastes of their organic, biodynamic farm and winery with a rare pre-Passport luncheon. The celebratory meal will include their pastured lamb, farm-grown produce, hard apple cider, and traditional Dry Creek Valley wines. The Prestons’ segue from the original “Preston Vineyards” to today’s “Preston of Dry Creek” reflects their dedication to crop and ecological diversity that is compatible with modern viticulture and healthy food choices. The Prestons’ winemaker Matt Norelli, and farmer Rebecca Bozzelli, will be in attendance to discuss their philosophy and techniques.  This is a farm property please wear appropriate footwear.

Lunch at Preston begins at 11:00am on 4/22.
9282 West Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg

Trattore Farms – Take in panoramic views at our newly opened winery overlooking Dry Creek Valley to the west and Mt. St. Helena to the east. We’ll serve specialty wood-fired pizzas prepared on our patio with our estate grown Côtes du Rhône wines, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel, along with over 7 extra virgin olive oils milled and produced on-site. Enjoy a vineyard tour from owner, Tim Bucher, and learn how we farm our sustainable olive orchards and vineyards. Trattore means tractor in Italian – have fun taking pictures on our tractors in the tasting room. Salud! Lunch at Trattore begins at 11:30am on 4/22.  We will be serving a family style lunch including Rustic Rosemare flatbread, Trattore olive oil, onion confit, mushrooms, and goat cheese.  The salad will contain Wild arugula, carrots, watermelon radish and sunflower seeds served with a Trattore Farms Meyer lemon citrus vinaigrette.  For the main course we will be serving Wood Fired pork medallions, sundried cherry and olive relish.  Trattore Farms Zinfandel jus.  for dessert we will be serving a chocolate truffle tart, strawberry compote with vanilla cream.

7878 Dry Creek Rd, Geyserville

Wilson – Join us for a casual lunch on our beautiful deck overlooking the Dry Creek Vally. Our theme this year is Mardi Gras, French Quarter; please feel free to come in costume to get into the spirit. Wilson is known for their wonderful Zinfandels and Diane Wilson will be serving her award winning wines and pairing them to our luncheon. We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2016 Passport!

Lunch at Wilson begins at 11am on 4/22.
1960 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg

 

DINNERS

Capo Creek Ranch– Intimate food and wine pairing among the vines at Capo Creek Ranch on West Dry Creek Road. Great views, great company and great food in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. This is a unique opportunity to rub elbows with our winemaker extraordinaire, Michael Scorsone. An unforgettable evening is guaranteed. Hosted by owners Bob Covert and Mary Roy. Maximum guest list 25 people.

Dinner at Capo Creek Ranch begins at 5pm on 4/22.
7171 West Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg

Pedroncelli Winery
- Pedroncelli meets French Country cuisine with chef Brian Anderson of Bistro 29. We’ll host a wine reception to start, getting everyone’s appetites ready for a family style dinner served with our award winning wines. Join family owners as they share their stories about growing up in the beautiful Dry Creek Valley and break bread with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation family members. Magnifiqué!

Dinner at Pedroncelli begins at 6pm on 4/22.
1220 Canyon Rd, Geyserville

Fritz Winery – Join us underground for an exclusive, exquisitely paired dinner in our wine cave. Proprietor Clay Fritz and winemaker Brad Longton will walk you through the wine pairings course by course. Enjoy the beauty of our cave under the warm glow of candle light from beautiful chandeliers. This exclusive dinner is limited to just 20 guests.Dinner at Fritz begins at 5pm on 4/22.
24691 Dutcher Creek Rd, Cloverdale

Simoncini Vineyards 
- “Festa Italiana”, party Italian style in Simoncini Vineyards wine cave. Listen to the melodies of Italy and don’t forget your dancing shoes! Chef Deirdre has prepared a menu of selected Antipasti, Insalata Verdi, Pasta al Sugo, Pollo alla Cacciatora, Uncle John’s Salsiccia, Contorni and Dolce. The wines have been selected by our chef and our winemaker, Dan Cuzzi, to pair beautifully with this traditional Italian Family Style meal. Hosted by Ken Simoncini. Buon Appetito, Salute! Dinner at Simoncini begins at 4pm on 4/22. 2303 West Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg

 

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