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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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Winter Weather – A Photo Blog

This winter weather in Dry Creek Valley has been anything but dry! But all that rain sure does make for beautiful and unique pictures. Don’t worry, the vines are dormant this time of year and the weather does not harm them (or your favorite wines!) in any way.

Our wineries and visitors have a great eye for the aesthetic and capturing the natural beauty of any season! Here are some of our favorites:

 

Our #california vines got the cold shoulder this morning… #brrr ❄

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Frost, fog & floods definitely sum up this winter & @DryCreekVineyard is seizing every picture-perfect moment.

 

We think @DeLaMontanya_Winery captioned this photo best!

 

Foggy vineyards make a moody and dramatic scene at the Dry Creek Valley General Store (@dcgs1881).

 

When you can’t see where the trees begin in the creek – you know it’s been a wet winter! Thanks @TzabachoRanchoVineyards for this great shot.

 

(Check in on the real-time winter weather in Dry Creek Valley – visit our Geography & Climate page!)

 

Lush cover crops between rows of vines at @KokomoWinery provide nutrients to the soils AND gorgeous bursts of colors in this winter weather.

 

Staying warm with our new fire pit… come visit us at #ComstockWines !! #cheers #drycreekvalley #wine #vino #sonomacounty

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Who says white wine is just for summer drinking? The new fire pit at @ComstockWines is the perfect place to enjoy any Dry Creek wine!

 

That would put the pot of gold right in the middle of Vera’s Block Sauvignon Blanc…

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And to wrap up a gorgeous rainbow at @MillCreekWinery. Proof there is beauty to any storm!

 


Instagram_App_Large_May2016_200 Be sure to follow the above wineries and us on Instagram @DryCreekValleyWines to keep up on all things Dry Creek Valley!

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Olive Harvest in Dry Creek Valley

Dry Creek Valley may be world-renown for its delicious wines, but the same climate and terroir that create such beautiful grapes also are the perfect bedrock for many other crops. You may notice this in the variety of products (other than wine!) that many of Dry Creek Valley tasting rooms offer from day-to-day. One crop in particular grows exceptionally well in Dry Creek Valley and has been for 100+ years – and that is olives! You’ll find a wide diversity of trees such as Tuscan, Spanish and Greek covering acres across the Valley.

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The olive harvest in Dry Creek Valley typically begins directly following the grape harvest. Wineries who have olive trees get no rest until December – if they’re lucky! Wineries harvest these olives and use them to craft high quality olive oils only found locally.

The 2016 Olive Harvest in Dry Creek Valley was overall reported to be lighter than previous years due to drought like climate. But olives are an alternating-bearing crop so comparing to your previous harvest isn’t always an accurate tool to measure by. Here’s a wrap on harvest information from some of our most famous olive oil producers and our newest!


Comstock Wines

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Tracy and Saul Harvesting Olives at Comstock Wines!

The newest winery to the olive oil game is Comstock Wines. This is their first olive harvest in Dry Creek Valley! On their Dry Creek Valley estate, they have over 100 olive trees, mostly the Greek olive variety, Koroneiki, and Spanish variety, Arbequina. The Comstock team was able to harvest all 100 trees in just one day. Hospitality Director, Tracy Bidia said that it was a “fun team building day!” Visit the tasting room in the beginning of 2017 to try their olive oil first!

 

DaVero Farms & Winery

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The Crew Hard at Work Harvesting Olives at DaVero.

DaVero harvests 22 acres of olives on their estate and 5 acres from neighboring property at their Westside property. These olive trees were planted back in 1990 from cuttings that were imported directly from a Tuscan farm. This ancient olive grove is home to olive trees that are over 800 years old!  Olive trees take 25 years to reach full harvest, so DaVero’s trees are in their prime. In 2016 the olive harvest in Dry Creek Valley began for DaVero on October 14th but due to conflicting labor schedules, several rain delays, they are just finishing this week with a sigh of relief. DaVero olive oil is never better than when it is freshly pressed – so be sure to stop by soon to sample some of their acclaimed Olio Nuovo for a real treat.

 

Martorana Family Winery

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The Annual Olive Oil Winemaker Dinner at Martorana was a Tasty Success!

Over 340 Spanish and Italian olive trees line 35 acres of vineyards at Martorana Family Winery’s organic estate. These trees were planted by Tony Martorana back in the early 80s. All of these olives go into their exclusive Olio di Gio olive oil, named after their winemaker/owner Gio Martorana. Gio actually began making olive oil first in his career before deciding to become a winemaker. As a celebration of the new olive harvest, Martorana hosts an Olive Oil Winemaker Dinner each November and gives their members the chance to watch Gio press the harvested olives and taste the freshly pressed oil before a 5-course dinner curated around the current pressing of Olio di Gio – talk about an amazing meal!

 

A. Rafanelli Winery

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Ready for Pressing at Rafanelli

Since 2006 Rafanelli has planted over 1,600 olive trees located at the winery estate and more located on both north and south of the winery.  These groves have both Spanish and Italians varieties planted consisting of Leccino, Frantoi, Pendolino.  Much like Rafanelli’s Zinfandel grapes, there is a high standard for their olives! The trees are hand harvested every year, the olives cold pressed and then the oil is bottled to sell at the winery. This estate extra virgin oil is delicious for dipping, cooking and finishing dishes with. Currently the 2016 olive oil is settling – you’ll have to wait until 2017 to taste.

 

Trattore Farms

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Possibly the most recognized label of olive oil comes from Trattore Farms under the Dry Creek Olive Company label. All around Sonoma County you’ll see these olive oils on shelves and on menus. This year Trattore harvested from their 150+ year old trees for a very special olive oil soon to make its debut. Trattore houses nearly 5 acres of estate fruit and their very own custom olive mill that incorporates both tradition and modern olive oil making styles. Trattore opens its mills to the olive growing community during the olive harvest season during their Community Milling dates. In 2016, olive growers turned out in numbers for a chance to create community olive oil despite the pouring rain.

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Any time of year you can visit Trattore for an in depth lesson and tasting through their olive oils. They even offer perfect variety packs if you can’t choose your favorite!

 

Which Dry Creek Valley olive oil is your favorite? Let us know by tagging us  for a chance to be featured on our pages.

 

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Thanks to all of our wineries for sharing about their 2016 Olive Harvest in Dry Creek Valley!
Tracy Bidia at Comstock Wines / Colleen McGlynn at DaVero Farms & Winery / Andreanna DeForest & Gio Martorana at Martorana Family Winery / Shelly Rafanelli at A. Rafanelli Winery / Mary Louise Bucher at Trattore Farms

Celebrating Italian-American Culture Month

 “I am an Italian American. My roots are deep in an ancient soil, drenched by the Mediterranean sun, and watered by pure streams from snowcapped mountains. I am enriched by thousands of years of culture. My hands are those of the mason, the artist, the man of the soil.” – Angelo Bianchi, Esq., 1982


October celebrates many things: an end to winegrowers harvest season, a shift to cooler temperatures and the first rains of the season. It kicks off the holiday season with Halloween and Dia De Muertos. But we’re also celebrating Italian American Culture Month. Here in Dry Creek Valley, many wineries and families are rooted in Italian culture. You can notice it simply in the winery names as your drive through – Passalacqua, Forchini, Rafanelli, Teldeschi, Pedroncelli, Seghesio…the list continues.

We’ve found one of the most meaningful ways to celebrate not only Italian-American culture but all cultures is to make certain the stories of our families and their traditions are kept alive. Passing these stories along to our readers ensures a continuing legacy and is just one facet to maintain the rich history and stories you’ll find in Dry Creek Valley. We reached out to a couple of these family owned wineries for Italian American Culture Month to ask them about simple stories of family, food and wine. We present them to you in their own words:

Jim Forchini – Forchini Vineyards & Winery

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“My full name is James Franklin Forchini; I am a second generation Italian born in 1938 in Bakersfield, CA. I was named after my paternal grandfather Giacomo Forchini and former president Franklin Roosevelt.  My maternal grandparents were Pietro Bernacchi and Artemia Barggetini who both came from Tuscany in the region of Luca.  My paternal grandparents were Giacomo Forchini and Severina DiGiorgis who came from the regions of Piedmonte & Lombardy in northern Italy. They immigrated to the US in the early 1900s in search for a better life & opportunity.

ia-forchini-bBoth of my grandparents made family wines in Italy & CA.  Our family was centered in Bakersfield where my father was from a family of 8 and my mother from a family of 5.  My father came north during WW2 and was a welder at Mare Island Naval Shipyards then worked in a Ford dealership after the war and later owed a service station in the Bay Area.  Working for my father in the gas station on cars led me to a degree in mechanical engineering and my first career.  I spent however a lot of time with my maternal grandfather as a young boy during the summers and he was a major influence in my second career as a winegrower & winemaker.

Our family daily meals growing up were simple Italian cuisine with dishes of pasta, polenta, risotto, meats, vegetables, fish, salads & soups. For the Holidays we would assemble as many relatives as possible and prepare fancier Italian cuisine featuring handmade ravioli, gnocchi, prime rib roasts, various antipasti & seafood salads.  Wine was always on the table but nothing fancy.  They were dry red & white table wines either homemade or wines purchased in gallon jugs even on the Holidays.  Food was always prepared by the women in the family but the men would BBQ the meats when served.

ia-forchini-cI discovered premium wines after transferring jobs from Southern California to Northern California in 1963.   The 1st premium wines I purchased were from Sebastiani and Pedroncelli.

I made my 1st homemade wine in 1969 with friends using grapes from a vineyard owned by one of my friend’s father.  My amateur winemaking interest continued to grow that led me to purchase an old vineyard in 1971. In 1976  after 15 years of engineering I started a 2nd career as a winegrower.  In 1996 I built our winery and became a commercial winemaker.   I am grateful to my Italian heritage and family genes for the values and work ethics taught me that led to my 2nd career as a winemaker.”

Forchini Vineyards & Winery, 5141 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg.

 

Julie Pedroncelli St. John – Pedroncelli Winery

ia-pedroncelli-1My full name is, “Julie Renee Pedroncelli St. John; I was named after my mom’s best friend Juliette. My grandmother’s name was Julia so I like to think it was a blend of the two; no not until later in high school and college when it was JP or Jules.

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I grew up in the house my dad and his family grew up in since 1927. My grandparents came here and bought acreage (25 acres of vineyard), a defunct winery (prohibition) and a home-which we now call World Headquarters for Pedroncelli Winery Inc. The family home became our offices in the early 1980s, my office is actually my old bedroom I shared with my sister Joanna. Happily I don’t have to share it with anyone now.

 

4-family-bbq-late40s-to-50s[Dinners] usually included a grandparent or two and depending on the time of year also included garden fresh vegetables and fruit. Weeknights we always sat down to dinner together. Sundays were reserved for the bigger family dinners with aunts and uncles. My mom did the cooking-unless it was a BBQ then my dad grilled. Holidays were different because they always included special and delicious foods like homemade ravioli, risotto or polenta. There were many huge feasts usually alfresco during the summertime in the 1950s (before I was born) but when my grandparents retired in the mid-1960s these turned into smaller family dinners.

Recently we have revived those Sunday afternoon meals with family down on our Dry Creek property-those who can make it come and bring a favorite dish and there’s always something tasty on the grill.”

Pedroncelli Winery, 1220 Canyon Rd, Geyserville, CA.


How are you celebrating Italian American Culture Month? Share with us on our social channels using #drycreekvalley or by tagging us at:

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Dry Creek Valley is celebrated for being home to wineries that are family owned and have rich history just like Jim Forchini & Julie Pedroncelli. Plan your own Italian American Culture Month tour on our winery page.

Many thanks to Jim & Julie for sharing their stories with us for this blog!


Harvest 2016 – A Photo Essay

Harvest 2016 is in full swing in Dry Creek Valley – we’ve seen everything from chardonnay to petite sirah starting to come in. Here in Sonoma County we’ve been seeing consistently cool mornings where the fog lingers until afternoon. While cool weather is a nice break for the vineyard laborers, it definitely slows down the sugar development in the grapes. Even though Dry Creek Valley is only 16 miles long, location and microclimate means that grapes ripen at different rates. Whether you’re in the north end of the valley (where it’s typically warmer) or in the south can make all the difference!

For more detailed information about Dry Creek Valley’s harvest, check out our 2016 Harvest page.

For this year’s photo essay, we took to Instagram for inspiration by searching #drycreekvalley & #scharvest.


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Michel-Schlumberger starts juicing their top grapes to produce 2016 Platinum Chardonnay

 

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Comstock Wines brings in their Estate Zinfandel

 

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Looks like grapes aren’t the only thing ripe! Tasty Lemon Cucumbers have arrived at Pedroncelli Winery

 

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Look at the gorgeous color on Mill Creek Winery’s future double gold winning Gewurtztraminer

 

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Mauritson Wines is in full harvest mode – excited to share with you this 2016 vintage

 

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First Fruit by the Truckloads for Peterson Winery’s Zinfandel

 

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Mounts Winery bringing in Roussanne for their Verah label

 

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The last of Dry Creek Vineyard’s 2016 Sauvignon Blanc has been harvested

For predictions about this knockout vintage and more on Dry Creek Valley’s harvest, check out our 2016 Harvest page.


Updates are coming daily from your favorite Dry Creek Valley Wineries – make sure you stay in the know:

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Use the hashtags #drycreekvalley & #scharvest when searching for the latest Harvest 2016 news!

Photo Credits to These Awesome Instagram Accounts:
@brtny_elyse / @m_schlumberger / @supercallafrajalistick / @Peterson_Winery /
@PedroncelliWine / @ComstockWines / @mountswinery / @drycreekvineyard