Prelude to Passport

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A Modern Tradition with Century-Old Roots

Prelude will feature carefully curated lunches and intimate Winemaker dinners hosted by Dry Creek Valley Wineries and Growers.

 

Prelude to Passport is Friday, April 28, 2017

Kick off Passport to Dry Creek Valley weekend with a carefully curated 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.


LUNCHES

Cast Wines – A Spell-Binding 3-Course Vineyard Lunch

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 and John Miller and our winemaker 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.

Please arrive at 11:30a. 40 seat lunch.

8500 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville.

Collier Falls Vineyards at Family Wineries – Healdsburg’s Wurst at Dry Creek Valley’s Best

Lunch includes a vineyard tour, chuck wagon lunch at our picnic grounds overlooking the Dry Creek Valley and gift bag! Tour will be hosted by Barry Collier with an overview of Zinfandel in the vineyards. The Wurst from Healdsburg will be serving made to order hamburgers and sausages paired with Primitivo and Zinfandel. For dessert – handmade milk shakes and Late Harvest Primitivo. Your parting gift includes a bottle of Collier Falls Custom Made Chocolate Sauce, an exclusive recipe card collection of 2016 & 2017 Passport Food & Wine pairings, a special Passport Weekend 15% Discount Certificate for Collier Falls Vineyards on all wines, foods and gifts at the cooperative.

4791 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg. 40 seat lunch.

Comstock Wines –Celebrating the Bounty of Dry Creek

Kick off your 2017 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 a farm to table lunch paired with our newly released wines.

Please arrive at 12n. 40 seat lunch.

1290 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg.

DaVero Farms & Winery – From the Italian Farm to the Dry Creek Table

Enjoy the absolute farm-to-table experience in a gorgeous setting! Owners Ridgely Evers (winemaker) and Colleen McGlynn (chef) will give you a guided tour of their certified Biodynamic farm. You’ll taste some very special wines straight from barrel, understand the importance of Biodynamic farming as well as its impact on flavor, and learn how to choose and use olive oil in your own kitchen. Then you’ll sit down amidst the gardens and vineyards to a magnificent meal that weaves our delightful Italian-varietal wines and olive oils with our own farm raised meats, produce, and more. Enjoy this one-of-a kind Dry Creek Valley memory!

Please arrive at 11:30a. 20 seat lunch.

766 Westside Rd, Healdsburg.

Malm Cellars

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119 W North St, Healdsburg, CA. 40 seat lunch.

Peterson Winery – On Top of the Valley and Beneath the Oak Trees

Join us on top of Bradford Mountain in the heart of Dry Creek Valley as we take in the sweeping views and enjoy a lunch beneath the oak trees.  Peterson Winery founder and winegrower Fred Peterson will be your tour guide. To welcome spring, we’ll be pairing our Bradford Mountain Estate wines with Spinster Sister’s Mediterranean inspired cuisine.  Executive chef Liza Hitman’s seasonal and locally sourced dishes will be served al fresco, family style.

Please arrive at 10:45a. 22 seat lunch.

Meet at 4791 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg.

Quivira Vineyards – Farm-to-Table Prelude Lunch

A completely immersive Biodynamic food and wine experience in Dry Creek Valley. Imagine a lunch where the menu, including the wine, has been grown mere feet from where you will be dining. Keeping with the spirit of Quivira’s self-sustaining and biodynamic estate, we will be preparing a meal featuring produce, meat and wines where (almost) everything has been grown and nurtured on our estate. The lunch will be served al fresco in the middle of our beautiful garden for a truly intimate event in the heart of Dry Creek Valley. We are proud to share our spring harvest with you!

Please arrive at 1p. 20 seat lunch.

4900 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg.

Rued Winery –Springtime in the Vineyards

Join the Rued Family for a vineyard and winery tour followed by lunch in the vineyard featuring the many flavors of spring. You will be agreed on arrival with a taste of our Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc, the tour then begins in the vineyard showcasing the Rued estate vineyard. Then it’s on to the cellar for samples right out of the barrel. After visiting the cellar, you will take a seat in the vineyard for a wine country luncheon that celebrates the flavors of spring – you’ll start with strawberry spinach salad with goat cheese and slivered almonds, followed by Spring Lamb Ragu over Polenta with Herb and Mint Gremolata and finish with Serious Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sauce and Pistachio Brittle, each paired with Rued wines and stunning views of the Dry Creek Valley!

Please arrive at 11:30a. 20 seat lunch.

3850 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg.

Trattore Farms – Stunning Views, Wines and Times

Enjoy an intimate luncheon hosted by owner/proprietor, Tim Bucher, at the beautiful Trattore Farms. Relax and take in the stunning vistas of Dry Creek Valley while feasting on a farm-to-table meal highlighting the estate extra virgin olive oils. Estate-grown wines will be thoughtfully paired with the meal that will ultimately assist in accentuating the remarkable flavors and exceptional qualities of the unique Dry Creek Valley terroir. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to participate in this luncheon that is destined to amaze your senses!

7878 Dry Creek Rd, Geyserville. 20 seat lunch.

Truett-Hurst Winery – A Proprietors Look into Past and Futures

Phil Hurst and our Winemaker, Virginia (Ginny) Lambrix, invite you to join them for lunch on our beautiful Estate and Vineyards on the bank of Dry Creek.  They will be sharing their insight into our current release wines and tasting some 2016 wines straight from the barrel.  Our wines will be paired with a several course casual lunch. Come and start the Passport Weekend with us.

Please arrive at 11:30a. 20 seat lunch.

5610 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg.

Wilson Winery – A Prelude Odyssey with “Diane-ysus”

Start your Prelude to Passport at Wilson Winery on an Odyssey to celebrate wine and Greek culture! Wilson will be hosting an exquisite three course Mediterranean inspired lunch created by Chef Lisa Boisset of The Cook and the The Drummer. Only the finest selection of our limited – productions wines will be paired with each course. You will have the opportunity to break bread with our Goddess of Wine, winemaker Diane Wilson on her very own Mount Olympus in the picturesque setting overlooking Dry Creek Valley.

We think it fitting that Dionysus is the god of wine and a patron of the arts, as Wilson has our very own “Diane-ysus” on site! Like Dionysus, Diane is a creator of wine and helps to spread the art of viticulture. And there isn’t a more appropriate quote for the spirit of Passport than this quote from Homer’s Odyssey: “[I]t is the wine that leads me on, the wild wine that sets the wisest man to sing at the top of his lungs, laugh like a fool – it drives the man to dancing… it even tempts him to blurt out stories better never told.”

Reception begins at 11a. Lunch begins at 12n. 40 seat lunch.

1960 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg.
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DINNERS

A.Rafanelli Winery – Under the Tuscan Moon

Join us for an Italian dinner paired with our new vintages. These red wines are handcrafted in small lots, left unfiltered and are truly representative of the uniqueness of Dry Creek Valley. Family stories will be shared! Learn how the first generation traveled to the New World, bringing their traditions which are still being carried on by the third and fourth generations. This is a special night to be our guest in an intimate setting and to get to know the family behind the wines.

Please arrive at 5:30p. 40 seat dinner.

4685 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg.

Bella Vineyards & Wine Cave

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9711 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg.

Flanagan Wines

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435 West Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, 24 seat dinner.

Michel-Schlumberger – Crawfish Boil Mardi Gras Style in the Vineyard

Kick off your fabulous Passport Weekend with our Mardi Gras inspired menu. Enjoy a Crawfish Boil accompanied by our amazing wines. Sit elbow-to-elbow with friends and strangers alike while indulging in a traditional Creole Crawfish spread with potatoes, corn on the cob, andouille sausage, whole heads of garlic, sourdough bread and melted citrus butter. Finish off the evening with King Cake, incredible prizes and discounts to be given to our exclusive guests. Michel-Schlumberger’s hospitality team looks forward to celebrating with you. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Please arrive at 6p. 40 seat dinner.

4155 Wine Creek Road, Healdsburg.

Pedroncelli Winery – 90th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

Please join the Pedroncelli family as they celebrate their 90th anniversary. We’ll have Chef Brian Anderson of Bistro 29 fame recreate delicious family recipes for this special Prelude dinner in our Heritage Room. Our menu will be filled with family recipes from 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation family members in celebration of our 90th anniversary. We’ll begin with a trio of appetizers, including Salmon Mousse. Next, Risotto, Prawns with Garlic and White Wine Sauce, Beef Mother Clone (a one-off of Beef Bourguinon) and a special surprise dessert from an old family recipe. We’ll open up a few library wines from the ’90s, pour them alongside current releases and talk about what it is to be a 4 generation family farming and making wine in our little corner of Dry Creek Valley. Ninety Years is quite an accomplishment. Help us celebrate as we look forward to the Next Ninety.

Dinner begins at 6p. 24 seats.

1220 Canyon Road, Geyserville.

Simoncini Vineyards – Festa Italiana

Celebrate Italian family style with wine, food and music. Listen to the melodies of Italy and don’t forget your dancing shoes! Indulge in Antipasti, Insalata Verde, Pasta al Sugo, Pollo alla Cacciatora, Salsiccia, Contorni and Doce all prepared by Chef Deirdre. The wines have been hand selected by chef and winemaker to pair beautiful with this traditional Italian Family Style meal. Hosted by Ken Simoncini.

Dinner begins at 5p. 40 seats.

2303 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg.


Purchase your tickets starting February 1st at 10am!

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