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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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MEET YOUR HOSTS FOR WINEMAKERS IN CONVERSATION 2017

What makes a winemaker?

Is it a classical training or pure passion? Learning from your elders or learning from professors? Old fashioned or new techniques? Our hosts for Winemakers in Conversation prove that it can be any of the above!

While all of the panels at our July event series have incredible stories and backgrounds – here’s a little more information about the host vintners.

Purchase your tickets now to hear #DryCreekWineSpeak


July 15thZealous About Zinfandel

Hugh Chappelle – Quivira Vineyards

“Hugh Chappelle boasts a prestigious resume of making cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast, but his previous experience in developing a Zinfandel and Rhône program make him a perfect fit for Quivira.

Hugh was drawn to Quivira’s unique terroir and became winemaker in 2010. At Quivira, Hugh is unconventionally utilizing his warm and cool climate experiences so his wines deliver the bold varietal character yet also demonstrate balance and finesse.”

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Hugh will sit on the Zealous About Zinfandel panel with 3 other Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel household names including winemakers from: Pedroncelli Winery, Seghesio Family Vineyards & Ridge Vineyards. Wine, Beer and Spirits pro Esther Mobley will moderate from the San Francisco Chronicle.

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July 22ndCult Cabs

Jessica Boone –Passalacqua Winery

“Jessica began her winemaking career at Edgewood Estate in St. Helena, under the tutelage of Head Winemaker Jeff Gaffner. It was there she learned how to make elegant, balanced Cabernets that showcased the terroir of each vineyard.

In describing her winemaking approach: “I believe in making balanced wines. I believe in letting the vineyard shine through a minimalist approach. I believe in precise attention to detail. Perhaps most importantly, I believe in, and desire, a hands-on approach to winemaking, and I am proud to be a self-proclaimed ‘cellar rat’. In my opinion, the only way to make wine is by getting my hands dirty (or purple). Wine is dynamic and ever evolving, and the best way for me to react and help guide it in the right direction is to be in the cellar witnessing, smelling, and tasting, those changes.”

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Hear Jennifer’s secrets behind the Cult Cabs at Passalacqua as she sits on a panel with Cabernet leaders from Sbragia Family Vineyards, Lambert Bridge Winery and Dry Creek Vineyard. Wine Writer and Author, Virginie Boone, leads the way into Cult Cabernet as moderator.

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July 30thZinTopia

Lou Preston – Preston Farm & Winery

“I learned to grow grapes and make wine at UC Davis in the early 70s. But my true education came at the knees of my elders and neighbors, those who came up in the farming world with bib overalls, a hefty skepticism, tireless curiosity, and endless creativity.

Our 40-year dalliance with a 125 acre farm in Dry Creek Valley has led us from grapes and wine only to a dervish of diversity: now add olives, stone fruit, apples, vegetables, nuts, grains, pasture, hedgerows, sheep, pigs, chickens. Plus oil, bread, kraut and pickles. We do it organically with machines and biodynamically with muscle, the old way.”

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Travel with Lou down to ZinTopia as he hosts Zinfandel lovers from Mauritson Wines, Bella Vineyards and Kokomo Winery. Chef John Ash moderates with a foodie friendly approach.

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RSVP now to hear #DryCreekWineSpeak in July. 


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!


Share your Passport photos using #DCVPassport for a chance to be featured on our social media channels.

Click here to view the entire Passport photo gallery.


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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2017 Passport Themes – Pop Culture and Celebrations!

If you’ve been to Passport you know each destination is its own unique party. But these wineries are taking themes we all know and love and putting their own Dry Creek Valley twist on it. If you’re looking for a lively atmosphere, wanting to dress up in costume and/or just want to be surrounded by a solid good time – then be sure to schedule these wineries to your Passport weekend!

And, if you haven’t been to Passport Tickets yet – with parties like these, 2017 is the NOT to miss year. What are you waiting for?

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Caddyshackin’ Up at Armida Winery

2201 Westside Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-2222

“Cinderella story. Outa nowhere. A former greenkeeper, now about to become the Masters Champion. It looks like a mirac… It’s in the hole! It’s in the hold! It’s in the hole!”

Bushwood Country Club. Open to the public on this rare Passport Weekend. Armida Winery, voted #1 Zinfandel Producer of the Year by North Bay Business Journal. Tomales Bay Oysters. Willowside Meats. The Pulsators. FORE!

 

The Wine Country Farmer’s Market at Mounts Family Winery

3901 Wine Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-292-8148

Welcome to the Market at Mounts! A wine country farmer’s market experience featuring estate wines from our 140 acre family ranch.  We’ve invited the finest purveyors from Sonoma County to showcase their local products.   We’ll have the most excellent live music from The Jacktones!  Prepare your senses for delectable food pairings from Savvy on 1st! Seventy years, three generations, family owned, family farmed, family proud.

 

Seated Service in the Derby Garden at Mill Creek Vineyards

1401 Westside Road, Healdsburg / 707-431-2121

Join Mill Creek as we celebrate the Run for the Roses. Escape the crowds as you sit back and luxuriate with seated table service in our “Derby” Garden. No mint-juleps – but plenty of prized wine, each perfectly paired with delicious small plates. Have your photo taken with the Kreck family and try your luck picking actual Derby winners – all in good fun, of course!

 

Yachty by Nature at Reeve Wines

4551 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg / 707-235-6345

Join us on our maiden voyage! Reeve Wines is smooth sailing you through Passport Weekend in classic YACHT ROCK fashion. The acclaimed Lowell Sheldon of Peter Lowell’s and Handline will be dishing out seaworthy fare while a DJ serves up all those songs you hate to love. Step onboard with us this year for Reeve Wines, breezy vibes and one unforgettable dance party.

No buses or limousines, please.

 

The Masquerade Ball at Comstock Wines

1290 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-473-8027

Have a Ball with us at Comstock Wines! We may be new, but we definitely know how to host a great party.  Join our Masquerade and feast on delectable croquettes and arancini paired expertly with our Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and more.  Fantastic food, fabulous wines and new friends – we can’t wait to celebrate and share our wines with you!

No buses, please.

 

British Invasion at Blanchard Family Wines

109 West North St, Healdsburg / 630-606-4389

Celebrate wine, food and the music of the British Invasion. Blanchard will have new releases, barrel samples, and live music. Taste your way through Sonoma Wine Country – we’ll be pouring our Dry Creek Merlot and Syrah as well as Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from our coveted neighboring regions. The event is hosted by owner Mark Blanchard and winemaker Jene.

 

Alice in Wine-derland at Sbragia Family Vineyards

9990 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville / 707-473-2992

Don’t be late for this very important date! Sbragia will be a wonderland of off-beat fun where guests can sample quirky finger foods, teas and wine all while enjoying the feel of Lewis Carroll’s famed Alice in Wonderland.

No buses, please.

 

Rockin’ Music, Food & Wine Sales at F. Teldeschi Winery

3555 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-6626

Huge Wine Sale! Live music. Lots of tri-tip, sausage, focaccia and chocolate. Rock & Roll with the Fargo Bros. Taste a vertical of our Terranova, Petite Sirah. Taste Zinfandel and Terraluna. Available to purchase, library verticals of Terranova, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Large and small format bottles also.

 

Run for the Rosé Weekend at Trattore Farms

7878 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville / 707-431-7200

Run for the Rosé Passport Weekend. Hold your horses and your wine glass! Join us at Trattore Farms and celebrate Passport weekend “Kentucky Derby Style”. Show your Derby spirit and break out the sun-drenched, tropical colors in bold stripes or busy plaid and bright pastels. Relax on our terrace and take in spectacular views of Dry Creek Valley. We’re serving Kentucky Kickin’ Fried Chicken Sliders, firing up our pizza oven and pairing with our wines and oil. This is one “RUN FOR THE ROSÉ”, you won’t want to miss!

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 – Around the World

Where else can you visit Italy, Cuba and France all in one weekend? Anything is possible on Passport weekend! There’s no need to hop on an airplane to visit these amazing destinations when they’re all within the stunning Dry Creek Valley. Quivira Vineyards & Winery, Forchini Vineyards & Winery, Dry Creek Vineyard, Mazzocco Sonoma, Peterson Winery and Martorana Family Winery are throwing parties that transport you to famed travel regions from all around the world without requiring any visas – just your Passport.

Haven’t purchased your Passport to Dry Creek Valley tickets yet? What are you waiting for?

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A La Provençal at Quivira Vineyards & Winery

4900 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-431-8333

Enjoy an afternoon at Quivira Vineyards, a la Provençal. With a climate similar to southern France and wines that echo the region, Quivira will transport you there. Stations throughout our picturesque property will highlight our wines paired with estate-farmed charcuterie and local cheese. We will also be offering the chance to blend your own custom herb salt with our estate-grown herbs.

No buses or limousines, please.

 

Under the Forchini Sun at Forchini Vineyards & Winery

5141 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-431-8886

Nothing is better than an Italian experience!  Our travel destination is Italy—we welcome you to “Under the Forchini Sun!”  In our rose garden enjoy stunning views and Italian serenades while sipping Papa Nonno, our Tuscan Red.  Chef Todd Muir has created a savory stuffed gnocchi with Porchini mushroom sugo.  End your Tuscan visit munching glazed chocolate bites, delicious with our Bordeaux blend and Cabernet wines.  Special Passport pricing.  Benvenuti ala Forchini Vineria!

 

45th Anniversary Sail at Dry Creek Vineyard

3770 Lambert Bridge Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-1000

Chart your course and join the 45th anniversary celebration of Dry Creek Vineyard! To commemorate our 45 years of family winemaking, we’ll set sail on a journey around Cape Horn with food and wine pairings inspired by San Francisco, Chile and Maine. Whether it’s Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel or Cabernet you desire, we will help you navigate your way through an incredible tasting experience. Become a DCV deck hand and join the crew at Dry Creek Vineyard.

 

Hot Havana Nights at Mazzocco Sonoma Winery

1400 Lytton Springs Road, Healdsburg / 800-501-8466

Hot Havana Nights comes to Mazzocco Sonoma Winery! Come cha cha cha and mambo to sounds reminiscent of the Buena Vista Social Club. Enjoy authentic Cuban bites from local hot spot Rumba Cuban Kitchen and last but not least, taste through our award winning wines and be the first to try our 2016 Zinfandels straight from the barrel!

No buses, please.

 

Explore the Wine World at Peterson Winery

4791 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-431-0358

Set your senses sail as you explore the wine world’s varietals with the Peterson Family.  Local favorite, Spinster Sisters of Santa Rosa will be preparing small bites to accompany the wines, with the intention to transport you to the regions where these varietals originate; all set an acoustic soundtrack of worldly tunes.  Come explore the diversity Dry Creek Valley has to offer, all at Peterson Winery!

 

Springtime in Sicily at Martorana Family Winery

5956 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-1909

Celebrate springtime and be transported to Sicily at Martorana. We’re serving rustic Italian cuisine paired with our certified organically grown Martorana wines. You’ll also sample our organically grown Olio di Gio olive oil. Play a round of bocce ball with winemaker, Gio Martorana, and soak in the beautiful estate with live music. Treat yourself to a blissful chocolate and Cabernet Sauvignon pairing.

No buses, 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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