Prelude to Passport

Prelude to Passport is Friday night prior to

Passport to Dry Creek Valley

A Modern Tradition with Century-Old Roots

Prelude features carefully curated, intimate lunches hosted by Dry Creek Valley Wineries and Growers.

Kick off Passport to Dry Creek Valley weekend with a carefully curated winemaker lunch. This is your opportunity to enjoy delectable wine and food pairings while spending time with your favorite winemaker and learning about grape growing directly from the source.

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

2020 Sample PRELUDE LUNCHES – stay tuned for 2022 programming!

Amphora Winery at Gasparini Beals Vineyard – Join Amphora owners Rick and Bridget Hutchinson for a Cal-Italia experience at the Gasparini/Beals Vineyard, a lovely venue with an incredible vista of Dry Creek Valley. Vineyard owners Alyn Beals and Dani Gasparini will host, and Dani will demonstrate her family’s art of gnocchi-making. You’ll enjoy Chef Fabiano’s delicious luncheon paired with winemaker Rick’s special bottles (featuring wines fermented and aged in Tuscan terracotta amphorae). You can also tour the vineyard and learn about current and future grape-growing practices, and what makes Dry Creek Valley such a special place.

24 seats. Meet at Amphora, 4791 Dry Creek Rd. #6 at 11:30 a.m.  Lunch begins at 12n. (Lunch address is: 3975 West Dry Creek Rd. Healdsburg)

Comstock Wines – Join the Comstock Team for a lunch adventure in the great outdoors of Dry Creek Valley. You will enjoy wood-fired fun with our Estate chef and a fireside chat with our winemaker, Chris Russi.

24 seats. Lunch begins at 12n. 1290 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg.

Fritz Underground Winery – A lovely lakeside lunch for twenty wine and food enthusiasts! We invite you to enjoy a four course, family style meal with Clay and Natalia Fritz. We will indulge in excellent wines and dishes perfectly paired to showcase the best Dry Creek Valley has to offer.

20 seats. Lunch begins at 12n. 24691 Dutcher Creek Rd, Cloverdale.

Peterson Winery – Join us on top of the Bradford Mountain in the heart of Dry Creek Valley as we take in the sweeping views and enjoy a lunch beneath the oak trees. Peterson winery founder and winegrower Fred Peterson will be your tour guide through the vineyard as you tour the 15 acres and 14 varietals that he grows at his home and property. Lunch will be served alfresco, and catered by local favorite, The Spinster Sisters. And of course, you will have the opportunity to try wines from the vines of this unique Bradford Mountain Estate Property.

22 seats. Lunch begins at 11am. Meet at 4791 Dry Creek Rd., Bldg 7 Healdsburg.

Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs – Enjoy a tour of the production facilities at Lytton Springs and taste our wine at various stages of maturity, from pre-release to fully mature bottles. We will discuss the production process, and the unique aspects of our straw-bale facility, with plenty of opportunity for questions. The tour experience will be followed by a lunch overlooking the vines, thoughtfully paired with a selection of wines from our organic certified vineyard. Participants will enjoy preferred member pricing for any purchases made.

25 seats. Lunch begins at 11:30am. 650 Lytton Springs Rd, Healdsburg.

Simoncini Vineyards – Simoncini Vineyards presents OPERA IN THE CAVE! Nonna’s recipes prepared from the regions of Italy. Join us and experience the music, the Dialects and LA DOLCE VITA! Regional delicacies to please your palate, paired with our award winning Red and White wines.

40 seats. Lunch begins at 12n at 2303 W. Dry Creek Rd. Healdsburg.

West Wines – Starting with a glass of Blanc de Blancs bubbles, join West Wines’ owners Katarina and Bengt for a brief tour of our hillside Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard overlooking Dry Creek Valley. Continue with a sumptuous lunch on the terrace of their home. A modern Scandinavian kitchen will be presented alongside several of our Dry Creek Valley wines while Katarina and Bengt guide you through their choices of food and wine. They will share their story of how they ended up in Dry Creek Valley as winegrowers and winemakers, making wine selected to be served at the Nobel Awards Banquet.

20 seats. Lunch begins at 12:30pm.

Can’t make it time for lunch? Join us at our Friday night event – The Vintage Soiree! Click to learn more.

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


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