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Get a Taste of Dry Creek Valley at the 10th Anniversary of Outside Lands

Outside Lands & Dry Creek Valley Wineries

Concerts and music festivals have evolved far past the ordinary wine and the pretzel cart. Nowadays, music festivals are just as much about the food and drinks as they are about the headliners. Many festivals see this as a chance to get their own culinary and libation rock stars involved and Outside Lands is the perfect example. This festival has had music legends on their stage, such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, Radiohead, Tom Petty and many more. This weekend, The Who, Gorillaz & Metallica take the reins and will entertain thousands in Golden Gate Park.

A Bay Area celebration wouldn’t be complete without a fabulous wine component. And we just so happen to have a few of our own Dry Creek Valley winery members participating!

Going to the festival? Plan ahead and check out these pairings and get the whole #DryCreekValley, Sonoma Wine Country experience in Golden Gate Park.


Dry Creek Vineyard

(Photos from Dry Creek Vineyard’s Instagram)

When you think of Dry Creek Vineyard you think classic. Celebrating 45 years in Dry Creek Valley, they have become a flagship winery & champion for the entire AVA (American Viticultural Area). Daughter of founder and now President of Dry Creek Vineyard, Kim Stare Wallace, has a clear vision for Dry Creek Vineyard, “honor the past while striving to produce wines of outstanding distinction that consistently over deliver and provide great enjoyment to wine drinkers worldwide.”

With this vision in mind, we choose to pair Dry Creek Vineyard wines with the Bay Area Classics found at this decennary celebration of Outside Lands.  Grab your glass of Dry Creek Vineyard wine and stop by the Tartine food stand for a Mortadella Hoagie from this prominent bakery. Or for a classic, nautical pairing visit “Outside Clams,” where legendary Woodhouse Fish Company will be serving up BBQ oysters, clam chowder and lobster rolls.

 

Preston Farm & Winery

(Photos from Preston’s website & Instagram)

Preston is one of the best known family-operated, organic and biodynamic property in Dry Creek Valley. At the roots of biodynamics is a community that works to create ecological harmony. Preston embraces the spirituality, organic treatments and respect for nature as a means to achieve what they believe to be their duty as farmers. Their mission? “A dedication to the protection and enhancement of this dynamic through the practice of enlightened farming, the honoring of tradition, and the sharing of agrarian experience.”

It only seems just to pair Preston wines with one of the many organic food stands at Outside Lands. Pair with the aptly named, The Farmer’s Daughter, for a Sausage, Avocado & Kimchi Melt and bond with Mother Nature, or simply stroll through the Farmer’s Market area at the festival and grab a giant watermelon slice to pair with your Preston wine and bring you back to earth.

 

Reeve Wines

(Photos from Reeve Wines’ Instagram)

Reeve Wines was created by wine lovers, Noah & Kelly Dorrance as their gateway to creative winemaking. Their ‘passion-project,’ as they call it, is a winery that crafts composed and sophisticated wines all while mining the best of what California grapes can produce.

It is rightfully so that you pair Reeve Wines with a food that pars a creative level and affection for California diversity. We’d suggest an “Ethnic Confusion Burrito” from Festival newbies & San Francisco locals – Dabba or a Lamb Sloppy Joe from the 7-year vets at Azalina’s.


Even if you’re not attending the festival this year, we encourage you to be adventurous with your wine pairings! Try a varietal you’re unfamiliar with. Pair your favorite with a new ethnic cuisine. It may surprise you.

And be sure to share with us on social media if you’ve tried any of the above pairings using the hashtag #drycreekvalley. We may even choose your photo to be featured to our 25k+ fans.

 

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Planning a Girls Weekend in Wine Country

“Planning a girls’ weekend in wine country can be fun. Loving wine goes beyond the bottle — all the way back to where it starts in the vineyard. Long rows of vines cut through valleys and coastal hillsides to set the scene. Throw in a cast of seasoned confidantes and trusted sisters and you’ve got the makings of a weekend to remember.” – California Winery Advisor

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WINE COUNTRY ETIQUETTE

As summer approaches, we thought it might be best to recap on our Wine Country Etiquette, because as our parents told us growing up, “manners matter.” Use this blog to freshen up on your tasting skills or perhaps prepare for your first time out in the Valley.


PLAN YOUR DAY OUT

-During summer, many wineries in Dry Creek Valley are open to the public seven days a week. But there are some places where this isn’t the case. Use our Winery Map and plan your route ahead by amenities, varietals, location or even dog friendly locations. On this map, you’ll also find contact information to call ahead to schedule a personalize appointment for a more exclusive moment with the winery. If you are travelling with a group larger than 6, your best bet is to always call ahead. Especially with the smaller, family owned wineries, accommodating a large group is sometimes difficult if unexpected.

 

-With a 16-mile long Valley and 60+ wineries, you’re bound to see some places along the way that weren’t on the original itinerary and want to drop in. There is no problem with stopping by and sending a representative from your group in and explaining your situation, you could say something along the lines of, “we saw your winery on our route to XX winery and would love to taste here. We are a group of XX – would you be able to accommodate us now? Or we can come back after our next stop.” Respect the host if they say they are unable and simply plan to schedule ahead on your next trip.

 

-Plan for someone in your group to be a Designated Driver or hire one of your own. Cell service is limited throughout the valley so rideshare apps can be difficult to use to their full potential.

 

Bring your lunch & snacks. Unless you are visiting a winery specifically for their food & wine experience (again, reserve these ahead of time!), then plan on bringing your lunch in a cooler. Before you bring out the cooler, ask the winery if it is okay if you can picnic there after your tasting. Do not bring outside alcohol. Some wineries offer selections of cheese, salami, bread and snacks but it’s best to be prepared for a day of tasting.


TASTING KNOWLEDGEABLY, RESPECTFULLY & RESPONSIBLY

-Taste in the suggested order of the tasting menu. Feel free to skip varietals if you have a strong aversion, but your palette will thank you for sticking with the winery’s tasting menu.

 

-Ask questions! If you’re unsure what a varietal is, where a region is, or what that one red fruit note is that you’re tasting, feel free to ask! There are no silly questions when it comes to wine.

 

-Swirl your glass. Sniff the aromas. Taste the wine. And don’t be embarrassed to ask for a spit cup from the winery. They will not be offended if you spit out wine. This is the responsible way to taste especially if you are tasting at multiple wineries. Same goes for pouring out wine into the dump buckets.

 

-Make room for other guests at the tasting room bar. Some tasting rooms can get crowded very quickly. When in duos, you can line-up behind each other or if you are in a group you can back away from the bar after receiving your taste to make room for others.

 

Avoid wearing perfume, scented lotions or cologne while tasting. Smells strongly effect how you taste wines. Wearing additional scents will only impair this for yourself and for the entire tasting room.

 

-A standard pour at wine tasting is an ounce to ounce-and-a-half. This is plenty to decipher the nuances. Don’t expect a full glass of wine of each varietal on the menu. Many wineries offer sales by the glass if you are interested. Typically at the end of your tasting your host will ask you to “revisit” any wines. This is your chance to taste again and see if there’s anything you want to bring home with you!

 

-Clear your palate between tastes with either a sip of water, a bite of bread or other neutral foods.

 

-The best way to taste wine is to use four out of five senses – notice the color and hue, sniff for any distinct aromas, taste for flavors and feel the texture it leaves on your tongue and in your mouth. Tip: if a wine makes your mouth feeling like it’s dry – that’s the tannins playing around!

 

(Want to learn how to taste wine from the experts themselves? Join us at Winemakers in Conversation this July for an incredible summer food & wine experience. Use the code EMAIL25 for 25% off! Click here to learn more.)

 

-To learn more about the technique behind tasting wines – visit Wine Folly’s guide!

 

-Make notes as you taste. You’ll usually be provided with a tasting menu and pen for this very reason. This will be a great reference when you are looking to purchase wine or join a new wine club.

 

-Tipping your tasting room host is not so much an obligation as if you were going out to eat, but it depends on the experience. If someone at the tasting room has gone out of their way to make your visit incredible, a tip is appreciated but not expected. When tastings are private, seated or if a food component is involved you should plan on tipping your associate.

 

-If you have an experience above and beyond hospitality – remember and send a review to the winery via mail or email.

 

-Remember – have fun! Wine is fun, social, delicious, and not to mention the wine country views are not to be beat. Each winery has its own personality and style for you to experience. And it’s all waiting just for you, here in Dry Creek Valley.

 


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Wines for Graduation

It’s the Pomp & Circumstance of the wine world! Whether you’re celebrating your own graduation or coping with your child graduating school. Here are some Dry Creek Valley wines to celebrate this important milestone in your life.


The Pre-Ceremony Lunch

Kokomo Rosé – Pauline’s Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

“The subtle hue and aromas of watermelon and strawberry introduce the senses to this wine.  Melon, peach and strawberry juice explodes on the palate with hints of minerality, vibrant acidity, and a long mouth-watering finish.” – Kokomo Wines

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This not so traditional Rose has received high-praise for its summer qualities. This wine is perfect to drink with lunch pre-ceremony as it is light, refreshing and tastes like celebration in a bottle.

 

The Toast

West Wines Seafoam Sparkling Wine, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

“Made from our estate grown Chardonnay grapes, this elegant sparkling wine has aromas of green apple and Asian pear which contribute on the palate in addition to fresh citrus and rounder tones of brioche.” –  West Wines

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Skip the name-brand for the toast on graduation day and go with something unique and as rare as the graduate! West Wines new Seafoam Sparkling is the perfect fit for that toast you’ve been working on for weeks (or minutes!)

 

The BBQ Dinner

Gustafson Zinfandel – Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

“Bright strawberry, ripe bing cherries, an enticing hint of sweet vanilla, and a delicate floral note that contributes to the wine’s delightful buoyancy. The palate is smooth with soft tannins and an inviting touch of spice, and the finish is clean and pleasantly lingering.” – Gustafson

Gustafson’s Zinfandel is a crowd pleaser. It epitomizes Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel and is perfect to pair with anything grilled. This is the wine that will impress all of your family and friends!

 

The Gift

A. Rafanelli – Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

“A well-structured wine with the inviting flavors of black cherry and plum, shaded by a touch of toasted oak. The rich flavors wrap around the fine tannins to coat the palate and end with a measure of finesse and grace. Sip on this Cab with a slice of decadent mocha cake.” – A. Rafanelli

Who not love Cab from Dry Creek. Wonderful day to walk into the vineyard.

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This wine is one for the new (or seasoned) collector’s cellar. This aging-worthy wine is one to get your hands on and not let go of. You’ll be tempted to drink it now, but trust us when we say let this wine take it’s time.

 

Something Sweet

Bella Winery – Late Harvest Zinfandel

“Late Harvest zinfandel is a beautiful blend of fruit and spice. On the nose, savory herbs interlace with blackberry cordial. Aniseseed and dark fruit lead into a lingering, full mouthfeel.” – Bella

This tasty sip is the perfect way to end a celebration. Without being cloyingly sweet, it’s the holy grail of late harvest wines. Pair this with a dark chocolate peanut butter cake – and you’ll be ready to take on whatever the world has for you (or your graduate) after graduation day!


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2017 Passport Photo Blog

Passport photos are here! And the 28th Annual Passport was one for the books. The weekend boasted incredible weather, out-of-this-world wine and food pairings (still dreaming about Ahi Skewers at DaVero with Vermentino), and of course, an incredible group of people. We were so fortunate to share the weekend with all of you.

 

Take a look at some of our favorite photos from the weekend.

 


This group started their day at Comstock Wines and had a (masquerade) ball!

 

Our newest winery, Reeve, set sail on their maiden voyage with a killer yacht rock theme.

 

Vineyards are THE perfect backdrop for any photo.

 

With all of these great themes it takes some hard work to figure out where to go next.

 

Lambert Bridge winemaker, Jennifer Higgins (left) was so excited to meet everyone who stopped by at Passport!

 

Passport is the perfect place to catch up with friends and family especially with a bottle of Dutcher Crossing wine.

 

Skewers of goodness! The whole weekend was full of one next level food and wine pairing after the other.

 

A stroll through the gardens at DaVero is just what the doctor ordered.

 

Diane Wilson and vineyard namesake, Molly, are all smiles at their Vineyard Designate Tour.

 

Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc pair unbelievably well with a gorgeous, sunny Passport weekend!

 

Cheers to another Passport and here’s to looking forward to the 29th!


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2017 Passport Themes – Sweeping Views

Searching for the perfect backdrop for that perfect #DCVPassport weekend Instagram post? Then look no further. Our last round of themes promises views that can (and will!) take your breath away. These Passport stops are the ultimate Sonoma Wine Country settings. Trust us, it’s really okay to stop & stare.

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Incredible Views & Sustainability in Style at Fritz Underground Winery

24691 Dutcher Creek Road, Cloverdale / 707-894-3389

Tucked away in the hillsides of Dry Creek Valley you will find Fritz Underground Winery’s unique subterranean facility. Our family owned 112 acre estate specializes in small production estate bottlings made using sustainable gravity flow wine-making. Meet proprietors Clay and Natalia Fritz as you taste our home-grown bottlings expertly paired with cuisine using ingredients sourced locally by Peloton Catering.

No buses, please.

Looking for more Fritz? Join owner, Clay Fritz, for a Vineyard Tour on Saturday morning before Passport – purchase your tickets today! 

 

Go The Extra Mile to Gustafson Family Vineyard

9100 Stewarts Point-Skaggs Springs Road, Geyserville / 707-433-2371

Go the extra mile to experience Gustafson Family Vineyards with breathtaking views of Lake Sonoma and beautiful rolling hills surround our Estate. Meet the owner and winemaker while enjoying Estate grown wines, including: Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé and Zinfandel. Enjoy exquisite food pairings by Baci Restaurant, and visit the cellar for barrel tasting of our 2015 Petite Sirah. Escape the busy valley and discover Sonoma’s best kept secret.

 

Breathtaking Historic Vines at Ridge Vineyards – Lytton Springs

650 Lytton Springs Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-7721

Voted the # 1 winery in America by the Daily Meal, and whose zinfandel was featured at President Obama’s final State Dinner, Ridge Vineyard’s Lytton Springs winery is home to 100-plus year-old zinfandel vines interplanted with Petite Sirah, Carignane, a small amount of Mataro and Grenache.  Enjoy the breathtaking view of this historic vineyard while you taste through exceptional single-vineyard wines, thoughtfully paired with two delicious hors d’oeuvres; Sonoma lamb meatball hoagies, zinfandel marinara and Sonoma dry jack & prime rib steaks, cheddar fondue potatoes, au jus and wild cress.

No buses, please.

 

On the Banks of Dry Creek at Truett Hurst Winery

Photo by Kim Carroll

5610 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-9545

Passport festivities will be in full swing with the big jazzy sounds of BrotherCat and the delectable food prepared by Jimtown Store. As well as enjoying our current vintages, we will be offering barrel samples of the 2016 vintages and incredible case specials. Come and relax on the banks of the beautiful Dry Creek with the friendliest hosts in the valley.

Buses ok but, please contact the winery prior to arrival.

 

La Dolce Vita at Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery

8761 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 800-831-0381

A visit to Ferrari-Carano is all about embracing “La Dolce Vita”. Wind your way through the cellars tasting our critically-acclaimed wines, each paired with a delicious dish especially chosen by Rhonda Carano. Visit the Wine Shop in the beautiful Italianate Villa Fiore and take a leisurely stroll through our breathtaking gardens with its waterfalls, bridges and thousands of brilliant flowers. We can’t wait to see you! Salute!

No buses, please.

 

A Passport Oasis at Cast Estate Vineyards & Cellar

8500 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville / 707-431-1225

Be sure to add Cast to your Passport stops. You’ll take in the stunning views from our outdoor terrace as you enjoy our handcrafted wines. We’ll be pouring our signature Sauvignon Blanc, Grey Palm Estate Zinfandel, and our robust Watson Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel. Pause for a moment in our relaxed setting, an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the day.

No buses, please.

Looking to get some one-on-one time with the owners and winemakers at Cast? Join them at their Prelude lunch on Friday, April 28th for a delectable 3-course vineyard lunch. Seats still available – click here to purchase.


And that’s that! All themes for 2017 Passport have now been announced. What are you waiting for? It’s time to start planning! Keep track of the wineries you’d like to get your Passport stamped at and plan the perfect weekend all in our Passport Itinerary Planner.

 

Read through all of 2017 themes on our Blog homepage here!

 

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2017 Passport Themes – Limited & Exclusive Lots

Talk about exclusive opportunities! This week’s themes features highly coveted and sought after wines of Dry Creek Valley – including barrel samples, personalities of zinfandel, rare varieties, and a winery open only the public on Passport!

If you’re looking to add some limited & rare wines to your collections over Passport – be sure to schedule these wineries into your Passport weekend Itinerary.

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Rare & Unique Italian wines at DaVero Farms and Winery

766 Westside Road, Healdsburg / 707-431-8000

At the base of Dry Creek Valley lies our family-owned, biodynamic farm specializing in unique Italian wines and olive oils. With no distribution and a very limited production, Passport weekend provides a rare opportunity to taste some of California’s scarcest grapes typically reserved solely for club members. Enjoy our expertly paired wines with a selection of treats straight from the garden as you visit the farm animals and experience first-hand the ins and outs of biodynamic farming.

No buses, please.

 

Barrel Taste the 2016 Vintage at Zichichi Family Vineyard

8626 West Dry Creek Road / 707-433-4410

Welcome to Zichichi Family Vineyards where you can be one of the first to taste the 2016 vintage. The talented Chef Dino Bugica of Diavola restaurant will be pairing his flavorful creations with barrel samples of signature Zinfandels and Petite Sirah. Meet the proprietors and winemaker while barrel sampling the wines through the cellar. Taste current release wines while taking in the beautiful Dry Creek Valley view off the back patio.

No buses or limousines, please.

 

Private Courtyard Oasis at Göpfrich Winery

7462 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-1645

Discover Göpfrich – we are one of the smallest wineries in Dry Creek Valley and this is one of the very few times in the year that we are actually open to the public. Enjoy the ambiance, friendly atmosphere, and some easy listening from Barbados at our family winery. Our wines are all Estate grown and are available only at the winery. We look forward to meeting you!

No buses, please.

 

A Zinfanantic Destination at Talty Winery

7127 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-8438

Calling all Zinfanantics! Taste rich, elegantly styled, single vineyard Zinfandels produced by owner/winemaker Michael Talty. Come on a magical Zinfandel ride tasting through three famous Zinfandel appellations. Savor Zinfandel/Cherry Chipotle Lamb Tacos prepared by renowned chef, Ken Rochioli. Journey through current releases and then finish with a sneak peek into the future tasting straight from the barrel. Passport discounts on all current releases.

No buses or limousines, please.


We’ll be sending out weekly themes from now until Passport to Dry Creek Valley! Keep track of the wineries you’d like to get your Passport stamped at and plan the perfect weekend all in our Passport Itinerary Planner.

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2017 Passport Themes – Foodie Finds

Passport is renowned for its legendary food and wine pairings! Many wineries bring in local & nationally acclaimed chefs to hand curate the perfect pairing for you. While each winery will be have its own culinary twist, we’ve selected the wineries we believe have the caliber fit for even the finest foodie. Caution – this post will make you hungry and count the remaining days to Passport!

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Mediterranean Bistro at Collier Falls at Family Wineries

4791 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-0100

Join us for our Mediterranean Bistro Wine & Food Pairing. Primitivo with caramelized onion and goat cheese tartlet with baby arugula salad in honey-mustard vinaigrette. Zinfandel with pork tenderloin medallions over creamy basic & toasted pine nut risotto. Cabernet Sauvignon with corn bread golden raising pudding drizzle with Collier Falls orange Cabernet Sauvignon chocolate sauce.

Looking for a laid back winemaker lunch with local flair? Check out the Prelude Lunch at Collier Falls featuring local favorite The Wurst! Attendees receive discounts to Collier Falls when they return on Passport weekend! Click here to learn more

 

Clay & Charlie Palmer – The Dynamic Duo at Mauritson Family Winery

2859 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-431-0804

Winemaker Clay Mauritson’s superb Rockpile Zinfandels + chef Charlie Palmer’s sublime cuisine = a weekend of perfect wine and food pairings. Plus, don’t miss the highly anticipated release of our 2015 Charlie Clay Pinot Noir. Want signed bottles? Clay and Charlie will be happy to oblige.

No buses, please.

 

A Passport Tradition at Dutcher Crossing Winery

8533 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville / 707-431-2700

If you want the ultimate wine country experience, Dutcher Crossing is a must stop on your Passport itinerary. Don’t miss their award-winning wines thoughtfully paired with savory dishes to astound your palate. Experience the perfect blend of gorgeous wine country views and warm hospitality as you mingle with their winemakers and taste through future offerings.

 

Whole Hog Experience at Amphora Winery

4791 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-431-7767

Visit Amphora to meet winemaker and potter Rick Hutchinson, see our prized Tuscan amphorae, and experience the art of wine and clay. For Passport 2017, we’re going “Whole Hog”, with low-and- slow smoked pork from Hamburger Ranch BBQ (and all the trimmings) paired with our Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and more…

 

Local and Flavorful with Sonoma County Intention at Lambert Bridge Winery

4085 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-431-9600

Lambert Bridge Winery celebrates everything that makes Sonoma County, and the Dry Creek Valley in particular, such an extraordinary destination for lovers of fine wine.  In a unique gathering of home-grown talent, Lambert Bridge winemaker Jennifer Higgins is joined by Jesse Mcquarrie of Feast to create a food and wine pairing menu focusing on the simplicity and flavor of Sonoma County’s exceptional produce, accompanied by superb Lambert Bridge wines. An extravaganza not to be missed.

No buses or limousines, please.

 

Southern Cuisine & Zin-Milkshakes at Manzanita Creek

1441 Grove Street, Healdsburg / 707-433-4052

Get your Passports stamped down yonder at Manzanita Creek!  We invite you to meander over for some warm hospitality and a taste of our single-vineyard Zinfandels from the Dry Creek Valley and beyond. Chow down on delicious southern cuisine, get your toes tapping to the bluegrass band, and stick around for our famous Zin-milkshakes!  It’s always a good time at our warehouse winery right off of Dry Creek Rd. in Healdsburg.

No buses, please.

 

Groove in the Grove with Fine Cusine at Seghesio Family Vineyards

700 Grove Street, Healdsburg / 707-433-3579

Delicious Old Vine Zinfandel and Italian wine varietals, an incredible story of family heritage and Chef Peter Janiak’s unparalleled fine cuisine is who we are and what we do at Seghesio Family Vineyards! Get your Passport stamped while you groove through the beautiful grove with live music, bocce ball, and a fun tour of amazing food and wine pairings!


We’ll be sending out weekly themes from now until Passport to Dry Creek Valley! Keep track of the wineries you’d like to get your Passport stamped at and plan the perfect weekend all in our Passport Itinerary Planner.

 

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2017 Passport Themes – Travelin’ USA

Typically an itinerary taking you from Hawaii to New Orleans down over to the Midwest would take days – but ‘God bless the USA’ and these Passport themes for making traveling that much simpler! Hop over to the islands for a luau feast, celebrate Mardi Gras and all things New Orleans, get your Southern hospitality on and celebrate the diversity that the US has to offer at these great Passport parties. All complete with amazing wines, incredible food & patriotic flair! Stick true to your roots make sure you schedule these wineries into your Itinerary.

 

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Mardi Gras Celebration at Michel Schlumberger

4155 Wine Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-7427

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Take a stroll down Bourbon Street indulging on traditional Mardi Gras faire hand crafted by Executive Chef Johnny Gnall. Delights such as jambalaya, Po’ Boy sandwiches and beignets paired with award winning Michel-Schlumberger wines. Enjoy futures straight from the barrel, exclusive case discounts and a live Jazz band to let the good times roll!

No buses or limousines, please.

 

Midwestern Hospitality at Kokomo Winery

4791 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-0200

Kokomo is taking their Midwest roots and giving them a California twist!  They’ll be taking comfort food classics and kicking them up a notch to pair perfectly with your favorite vineyard designate wines.  Throw in some bluegrass tunes by Chris Rovetti and the Meatballs and you’ve got yourself a party!  So join Kokomo and sip, savor, and swing along with our Midwest hospitality.

 

Wine Country Cowboys at Malm Cellars

119 West North Street, Healdsburg / 707- 364-0441

Come join us as Malm Cellars team of cowboys with over 65 years of experience in the wine business put on the biggest event out West. Bring a Texas appetite and your dancing shoes because you will be enjoying live music and plenty of Dry Creek Wine.

 

Cajun Food at Selby Winery

498 Moore Lane, Healdsburg / 707-431-1703

Indulge your senses down on the Bayou!! Join us as we reveal the mysteries of the swamps, marshes and “joie de vivre” of Louisiana. Guests will experience cuisine prepared by famous Chef Donelon of New Orleans who will pair our Dry Creek Valley Reserves with Charcoal Broiled Oysters, Crawfish Ettoufee, and Shrimp and Andouille Sausage smothered okra. Included in your adventure is Cajun music, exotic dancers and a fortune teller. Leissez les bon temps rouler!

 

Aloha Ohana at Nalle Winery

2383 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-1040

Aloha! Join the Nalle family as we kick back Hawaiian style in the vineyard and celebrate the beautiful Dry Creek Valley ‘aina over a luau feast of roasted pig and other ono bites prepared by local favorite, chef Ken Rochioli.  Enjoy the scenery and talk story as we pour our estate Cabernet and old vine Zinfandel, as well as our Pinot Noir and a few more choice surprises– all paired perfectly to enjoy over Hawaiian tunes performed by the band Maile Swing. We will have the cellar open for exclusive Passport wine sales and limited quantity offerings.

No buses, please.

New Orleans Jazz Fest at Papapietro Perry Winery

4791 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-0422

Join us as we celebrate all things New Orleans and Jazz Fest, our Passport tradition for many years. You’ll be greeted with traditional beads; munch on authentic New Orleans fare; dance to the fabulous Bluestate Band and taste through a selection of our highly acclaimed Pinot Noirs and Zins. Laissez les bon temps roulez!

 

Route 66 Pit Stop at Roadhouse Winery

121 West North Street (@ Moore Lane), Healdsburg / 707-922-6362

Ready, Set, Go!  Race over to Roadhouse Winery and celebrate America’s Route 66.  Lineup for Award Winning small production wines paired with American classic treats, Dry Creek Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and “King of the Road” 90+ Point Pinot Noirs.  Head West to 121 West North Street where we transform our current production space to an homage to the 60’s, hot rod crusin’ and makin’ out!


We’ll be sending out weekly themes from now until Passport to Dry Creek Valley! Keep track of the wineries you’d like to get your Passport stamped at and plan the perfect weekend all in our Passport Itinerary Planner.

 

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2017 Passport Themes – Time Travel in Wine Country

We all know wine country speed limits won’t allow you to hit the 88mph required to time travel in your DeLorean, but luckily these wineries are having parties that do just that without breaking any laws! Show up in your classic hot rod, your wine country limousine, hop on your tractor or cruise in your VW rainbow bus and you’ll fit right in at these blast to the past Passport themes.

Looking for wineries to take your group? These portals through time are also great places to show up with your crew. Limos are accepted at all of these wineries – and buses at 5 out of 7! Get your best friends together for the perfect wine country weekend and purchase your tickets now before they’re all gone.

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Get Your Kicks on Route 66 at Roadhouse Winery

121 West North Street (@ Moore Lane), Healdsburg / 707-922-6362

Ready, Set, Go!  Race over to Roadhouse Winery and celebrate America’s Route 66.  Lineup for Award Winning small production wines paired with American classic treats, Dry Creek Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and “King of the Road” 90+ Point Pinot Noirs.  Head West to 121 West North Street where we transform our current production space to an homage to the 60’s, hot rod crusin’ and makin’ out!

 

Mount Olympus of Wine at Wilson Winery

1960 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-4355

Get your Passport stamped at Wilson Winery as you travel to the Greek Isles to embrace wine and Greek culture! Wilson will be serving a traditional Mediterranean cuisine, only the finest selection of our limited-production wines will be paired. Our Goddess of Wine, winemaker Diane Wilson and DJ FizNik Rick will be celebrating at “Mount Olympus” overlooking Dry Creek Valley!

No buses, please.

 

Summer of Love at David Coffaro Vineyard & Winery

7485 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville / 707-433-9715

Cross Haight/Ashbury and be transported to a 2-day wine & music festival of The F-L-O-W-E-R C-H-I-L-D-R-E-N. Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Summer of Love with a diverse array of wines that really question authority! Feed your head with Totally Psychedelic Grub & “Flour Power Magic Brownies”. Discover the magic that was born 50 years ago because, all you need is love- and great wine!

 

The Sparkling, Glamourous Roaring 20’s at Amista Vineyards

3320 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-431-9200

It’s the Glamourous Roaring 20’s at the Amista Speakeasy! Raise a glass and toast with our highly coveted Sparkling Syrah then sip our single vineyard varietals in true Gatsby style! Pork belly bruschetta, fried chicken Piccata, and meatball stuffed mushrooms are some of our decadent pairings. It’s sure to be the cat’s pajamas.

 

Viva Las Vegas – Rat Pack Style at West Wines

1000 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-2066

Get dazzled by the Rat Pack in glamorous 1960s Vegas! Don’t be strangers in the night; join us for live music with the Rat Pack and delicious food by Ken Rochioli. Feel like we fly you to the moon with new releases of West Viognier and West Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. We will also serve West Crest Cuvee (Cab, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

No buses, please.

 

Celebrating 90 Years in Dry Creek Valley at Pedroncelli Winery

1220 Canyon Road, Geyserville / 707-857-3531

Wow! Celebrating 90-years in Dry Creek Valley – four generations, one great spot. Featuring family recipes recreated by Chef Brian Anderson of Bistro 29. Nine of our wines, including our flagship Zinfandel, hallmark Cabernet Sauvignon, & Sauvignon Blanc will be served as well as library wines and our fabulous Port. Every 90-minutes during the special event a special prize awaits the winner!

 

Deep Roots and Tasty Ice Cream Treats at Rued Winery

3850 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-3261

Get on your tractor, get in gear and celebrate Dry Creek Valley’s farming heritage at Rued Winery. The Rued family put down roots, and grapevines, in Sonoma County in 1882. They are still farming the land and will be on hand to celebrate Passport to Dry Creek Valley with their handcrafted wines, downhome music, a country spread and their famous ice cream treats.


We’ll be sending out weekly themes from now until Passport to Dry Creek Valley! Keep track of the wineries you’d like to get your Passport stamped at and plan the perfect weekend all in our Passport Itinerary Planner.

 

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