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Intro to Sparkling Wine

Tray of sparkling rose wine

We cannot believe that harvest is just around the corner! Our wineries and growers will be harvesting grapes for sparkling wines any day now. The 2019 harvest hasn’t been as rushed as previous years, allowing the fruit to have more hang-time and develop those coveted, complex flavors winemakers love. Sparkling winegrapes, like chardonnay, are harvested first to ensure lower sugar levels and to maintain the crisp acidity in the final product.

There are a few methods to making sparkling wine, but in this blog we’ll be focusing on the most popular approach in Dry Creek ValleyMéthode Champenoise or the traditional method. The most important facet of the traditional method is that the transformation from a still to a sparkling wine occurs entirely inside the bottle.


Wait, why don’t we call it champagne?

Wines made in Dry Creek Valley, or anywhere besides the Champagne region in France, cannot carry the legendary namesake without being grand-fathered in (like our neighbors in Russian River Valley – Korbel). You’ll find different names for different sparkling wines all over the world like Cava in Spain or Prosecco in Italy that each require by law a different process to be able to carry the appropriate name.


There are essentially seven steps (according to Wine Folly) that go into every bottle of Sparkling wine made in the Traditional Method.

    1. Base Wine or “Cuvée”: grapes are picked and fermented into a dry wine. The winemaker then takes the various base wines and blends them together into what the French call a “cuvée”, which is the final sparkling wine blend.
    2. Tirage: Yeast and sugars are added to the cuvée to start the second fermentation and wines are bottled (and topped with crown caps).
    3. 2nd Fermentation: (inside the bottle) The second fermentation adds about 1.3% more alcohol and the process creates CO2 which is trapped inside the bottle thus carbonating the wine. The yeast dies in a process called autolysis and remain in the bottle.
    4. Aging: Wines are aged on their lees (the autolytic yeast particles) for a period of time to develop texture in the wine.
    5. Riddling: Clarification occurs by settling the bottle upside down and the dead yeast cells collect in the neck of the bottle.
    6. Disgorging: Removing sediment from bottle. The bottles are placed upside down into freezing liquid which causes the yeast bits to freeze in the neck of the bottle. The crown cap is then popped off momentarily which allows the frozen chunk of lees to shoot out of the pressurized bottle.
    7. Dosage: A mixture of wine and sugar  is added to fill bottles and then bottles are corked, wired and labeled.

Where can I find Sparkling Wine in Dry Creek Valley?

We have some incredible sparkling wine producers in Dry Creek Valley, but because the process of making these bubbly wines is timely and expensive, it comes in very limited quantities and goes almost instantly. When you see one of these wineries debut their sparkling wines – jump on it!

You’ll find a range of sparkling wines from traditional Blanc de Blanc to Sparkling Grenache and some incredible blends in between.

Sort by Wines on our Winery page for a start.


Add Some “Sparkle” to Your Vocabulary:

Blanc de Blanc – sparkling wine made from only white winegrape varieties

Blanc de Noir – sparkling wine made from red winegrape varieties

Brut -A dry sparkling wine, containing very little sweetness. This is the most popular kind of sparkling wine; typically enjoyed before or during meals.

Demi-sec – A sweet style of sparkling wine.

Non-vintage – when grapes blended from more than one harvest are used to make sparkling wine it is called non-vintage, or NV.


Champagne Glasses vs Flutes infographic by Wine Folly

Sources:

www.winefolly.com/review/how-sparkling-wine-is-made

www.winefolly.com/tutorial/champagne-flutes-or-glasses

www.richardgpeterson.com/champagne-glossary


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ZINFANDEL RATINGS FOR SUMMER

If you’re looking for that perfect zinfandel to bring to your next cookout, you have enough common sense to know you start with one labeled Dry Creek Valley. But with over 60 wineries crafting incredible expressions of zin, it’s hard to know just which one is right. For when you need to make a quick decision, and you can’t taste through hundreds of bottles (bummer…), we suggest turning to the ratings – professional and personal.

For this all-encompassing blog we’re combining the most recent Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast ratings, regional competitions, and the more casual Vivino Top 25 and local Throwdown marks – all in a variety of price points. Let it be known that ratings aren’t the ultimate decision whether a wine is a winner because many of our smaller wineries choose not to submit wines for ratings, and all of our palates are different so the final (and most important rating) comes from you!


Vivino’s Top 25 Zinfandels in the World Right Now

Ratings change weekly based on the best consumer reviewed wines in the Vivino app.

#8 Talty’s Dry Creek Valley Estate Zinfandel 2014 4.7/5

#23 Wilson Sydney Zinfandel 2016 4.6/5

#25 Bella Vineyards Barrel 32 4.6/5

 

Wine Spectator Ratings

“Wine Spectator’s 100-point scale is an attempt to help our readers understand our judgments of a wine’s quality. A wine rated 80-84, for example, was judged to be good (“a solid, well-made wine”), while one rated 85-89 is very good (“a wine with special qualities”). When assigning a score, the taster judges the wine’s structure, flavors and typicity (how well it reflects its grape variety, region and vintage). In order to eliminate bias, all reviews are done “blind”—that is, the taster does not know the producer or price.” – WineSpectator.com. Ratings from the June, 30, 2018 Report.

Armida Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Maple Vineyards 2015  88pts        $40

Armida Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Tina’s Block Maple Vineyards 2015      87pts        $48

Armida Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Poizin 2016        87pts        $25

Comstock Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2014   89pts        $42

Dry Creek Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Old Vine 2015           89pts        $35

Dry Creek Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Beeson Ranch Single Vineyard Series 2015  88pts        $45

Dry Creek Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage Vines 2016   90pts        $24

Dry Creek Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley DCV2 Four Clones Vineyard Single Vineyard Series 2015           91pts        $42

Kinsella Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Spencer Vineyard 2014 86pts        $50

Kokomo Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Timber Crest Vineyard Winemaker’s Reserve 2015   91pts           $38

Kokomo Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2016      90pts        $28

Kokomo Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Pauline’s Vineyard 2016           91pts        $36

Mauritson Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2015  93pts        $37

Mazzocco Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Verano 2015  88pts        $32

Mazzocco Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Smith Orchard Reserve 2015            88pts        $52

Mazzocco Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Maple Reserve 2015 90pts        $60

Papapietro Perry Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2015   91pts        $43

Pedroncelli Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Mother Clone 2015 88pts        $20

Pedroncelli Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Bushnell Vineyard 2015      91pts        $25

Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2015       88pts        $25

Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Black Boar 2015            89pts        $48

Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Anderson Ranch 2015   90pts        $42

Ridge Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley East Bench 2015   90pts        $32

Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley 2015  92pts        $40

Saini Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Olive Block Old Vine 2014 89pts        $38

Saini Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2016           90pts        $24

Seghesio Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Cortina 2015   94pts        $40

Truett Hurst Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Red Rooster Old Vine 2014           88pts        $37

Wilson Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Ellie’s 2015         88pts        $38

Wilson Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Nolan 2015         88pts        $42

Zo Wines Zinfandel 2017     92pts   $44

 

Wine Enthusiast Ratings

“Our reviewers assign ratings to all wines using the following scale: Classic 98-100: The pinnacle of quality. Superb 94-97: A great achievement. Excellent 90-93: Highly recommended. Very Good 87-89: Often good value; well recommended. Good 83-86: Suitable for everyday consumption; often good value. Acceptable 80-82: Can be employed in casual, less-critical circumstances. Wines receiving a rating below 80 are not reviewed. Although each of our reviewers is free to use their own rubric, we stress the importance of evaluating balance, length, intensity and complexity as the basis for our ratings.” Wine Enthusiast

Bella 2016 Lily Hill Estate Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)        93pts        $48

Bella 2015 Maple Vineyards Annie’s Block Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley) 93pts            $55

Bella 2015 Florence Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)                 92pts        $40

Dry Creek Vineyard 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)     90pts        $35

Dry Creek Vineyard 2015 Spencer’s Hill Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)         92pts        $42

Kokomo 2016 Timber Crest Vineyard Winemaker’s Reserve Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)     90pts        $40

Pedroncelli 2016 Bushnell Vineyard Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)    88pts        $26

Preston 2016 Estate Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley) 91pts        $38

Preston 2016 Estate VZNI Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)     90pts        $42

Quivira 2016 Black Boar Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)      92pts        $48

Quivira 2016 Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)             91pts        $25

Quivira 2016 Anderson Ranch Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)         87pts        $48

Sbragia 2016 Nonno’s Reserve Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)                        90pts        $44

Sbragia 2016 La Promessa Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)      87pts        $40

Sbragia 2015 Gino’s Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)     86pts        $34

Seghesio 2016 Bevill/Wolcott Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)         91pts        $50

Seghesio 2016 Cortina Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)                                     93pts        $40

Zo Wines 2017 Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley) 88pts        $38

 

Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Throwdown (Hosted by Dry Creek Vineyard)

This blind-tasting is comprised of dozens of Dry Creek Valley zinfandel architects, who taste brown-bagged zins and vote for their favorite in this festive evening.

3) Amista Vineyards

2) Talty Vineyards

1) F. Teldeschi Zinfandel

 

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

There are many classes in which wineries can submit their wines to for the SFCWC in a variety of pricing categories. Awards are given for Double Gold, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Best of Class and Varietal Sweepstakes. A public tasting is held for all winners in San Francisco that is open to the public.

Zinfandel: $17.00 – $22.99: 2019 Awards

Pedroncelli      2016    Dry Creek Valley         Mother Clone  19.00   Bronze

 

Zinfandel: $23.00 – $25.99: 2019 Awards

Armida            2017    Dry Creek Valley                     25.00   Silver

Saini Vineyards           2017    Dry Creek Valley                     24.00   Silver

 

Zinfandel: $26.00 – $28.99: 2019 Awards

Francis Ford Coppola Director’s Cut   2015    Dry Creek Valley                     27.00   Gold

Kokomo Winery          2017    Dry Creek Valley                     28.00   Silver

Mazzocco Sonoma      2016    Dry Creek Valley                     26.00   Silver

Pedroncelli      2016    Dry Creek Valley         Bushnell Vineyard       26.00   Bronze

Gustafson Family Vineyards   2016    Dry Creek Valley         Cuvee  28.00   Bronze

 

Zinfandel: $29.00 – $31.99: 2019 Awards

Pedroncelli      2016    Dry Creek Valley         Courage          30.00   Double Gold

Mazzocco Sonoma      2016    Dry Creek Valley         Aguilera          29.00   Silver

Mazzocco Sonoma      2016    Dry Creek Valley         Briar    29.00   Silver

Forchini Vineyards & Winery  2016    Dry Creek Valley         Estate Grown & Bottled          30.00   Silver

Wilson of Dry Creek    2016    Dry Creek Valley         Wilson Winery 29.00   Silver

Wilson of Dry Creek    2016    Dry Creek Valley         Wilson Winery 29.00   Silver

 

Zinfandel: $32.00 – $34.99: 2019 Awards

Mazzocco Sonoma      2016    Dry Creek Valley         Warm Springs Ranch  34.00   Double Gold

Mazzocco Sonoma      2016    Dry Creek Valley         Sullivan            34.00   Gold

Mazzocco Sonoma      2016    Dry Creek Valley         Reserve Sonoma County         34.00   Gold

Amphora         2015    Dry Creek Valley         Gasparini-Beals Vineyard       34.00   Gold

Mazzocco Sonoma      2016    Dry Creek Valley         Beasley            34.00   Gold

Mazzocco Sonoma      2016    Dry Creek Valley         Seaton 34.00   Silver

Dutcher Crossing        2016    Dry Creek Valley         Proprietor’s Reserve   33.00   Silver

Geyser Peak Winery   2016    Dry Creek Valley                     32.00   Silver

Mazzocco Sonoma      2016    Dry Creek Valley         Verano 32.00   Silver

 

Zinfandel: $35.00 – $37.99: 2019 Awards

Mazzocco Sonoma      2016    Dry Creek Valley         Maria  36.00   Gold

Dry Creek Vineyard    2016    Dry Creek Valley                     35.00   Gold

Kokomo Winery          2017    Dry Creek Valley         Pauline’s Vineyard      36.00   Gold

Martorana Family Winery      2015    Dry Creek Valley                     36.00   Silver

 

Zinfandel: $38.00 – $40.99: 2019 Awards

Wilson of Dry Creek    2016    Dry Creek Valley         Nolan   38.00   Double Gold

Wilson of Dry Creek    2016    Dry Creek Valley         Old Vine Ellie’s            38.00   Double Gold

Mazzocco Sonoma      2016    Dry Creek Valley         Reserve Aguilera        40.00   Gold

ZO Wines        2017    Dry Creek Valley                     38.00   Gold

Collier Falls     2014    Dry Creek Valley         Hillside Estate 38.00   Gold

Seghesio Family Vineyards     2016    Dry Creek Valley         Cortina            40.00   Silver

Sbragia Family Vineyards       2016    Dry Creek Valley         La Promessa    40.00   Silver

Mazzocco Sonoma      2016    Dry Creek Valley         West Dry Creek           38.00   Bronze

Saini Vineyards           2016    Dry Creek Valley         Apple Block     38.00   Bronze

Saini Vineyards           2016    Dry Creek Valley         Olive Block      38.00   Bronze

Saini Vineyards           2016    Dry Creek Valley         Pear Block       38.00   Bronze

 

Zinfandel: $41.00 – $49.99: 2019 Awards

Mazzocco Sonoma      2016    Dry Creek Valley         Pony    42.00   Double Gold

Wilson of Dry Creek    2016    Dry Creek Valley         Carls    42.00   Gold

Wilson of Dry Creek    2016    Dry Creek Valley         Heartland        42.00   Gold

Wilson of Dry Creek    2016    Dry Creek Valley         Molly’s 42.00   Gold

Wilson of Dry Creek    2016    Dry Creek Valley         Forchini           42.00   Gold

Wilson of Dry Creek    2016    Dry Creek Valley         Sawyer 42.00   Gold

Capo Creek     2015    Dry Creek Valley         Eva’s Vineyard 42.00   Silver

Wilson of Dry Creek    2016    Dry Creek Valley         Sydney 42.00   Silver

Dry Creek Vineyard    2015    Dry Creek Valley         Spencer’s Hill Vineyard           42.00   Silver

Wilson of Dry Creek    2016    Dry Creek Valley         Treborce         42.00   Silver

Armida            2016    Dry Creek Valley         Maple Vineyards         42.00   Bronze

 

Zinfandel: $50.00 and Over: 2019 Awards

Wilson of Dry Creek    2016    Dry Creek Valley         Sydney 60.00   Double Gold

Wilson of Dry Creek    2016    Dry Creek Valley         Molly’s Reserve          60.00   Gold

Wilson of Dry Creek    2016    Dry Creek Valley         Tori’s Reserve 60.00   Gold

Wilson of Dry Creek    2016    Dry Creek Valley         Sawyer Reserve          60.00   Gold

Mazzocco Sonoma      2016    Dry Creek Valley         Reserve Pony  60.00   Gold

Mazzocco Sonoma      2016    Dry Creek Valley         Reserve West Dry Creek         56.00   Gold

Mazzocco Sonoma      2016    Dry Creek Valley         Reserve Seaton           52.00   Gold

Mazzocco Sonoma      2016    Dry Creek Valley         Reserve Warm Springs           52.00   Gold

Mazzocco Sonoma      2016    Dry Creek Valley         Reserve Maple            60.00   Silver

Mazzocco Sonoma      2016    Dry Creek Valley         Sullivan            52.00   Silver

Comstock Wines         2015    Dry Creek Valley         Old Vine          55.00   Silver

Mazzocco Sonoma      2016    Dry Creek Valley         Reserve Serracino       56.00   Silver

Mazzocco Sonoma      2016    Dry Creek Valley         Reserve Smith Orchard          52.00   Silver

Wilson of Dry Creek    2016    Dry Creek Valley         Carl’s Reserve 60.00   Silver

 

North Coast Wine Challenge – The Press Democrat

The judging methodology for this local wine competition is based on the wines being designated the ranking of Best of Class by Category, Best of County, and ultimately the Best of the Best as top award.  Panels are comprised of qualified members of wine media, wine buyers, sommeliers, winemakers, and wine educators. Medals awarded will be Double Gold and Gold. Golds will be converted into a point score above 90 and all 90+ point wines will get a marketable positive comment from the judging panel it was judged by. Winners are invited to pour at the North Coast Wine & Food Festival for the public which features not only wineries, but local food vendors and musicians as well!

Gold Medal

Dutcher Crossing 2016 Proprietor’s Reserve Zinfandel         93pts

Geyser Peak Winery 2016 Winemaker Select Zinfandel       91pts

Mazzocco Sonoma 2016 Briar Zinfandel        90pts

Mazzocco Sonoma 2016 Seaton Zinfandel     93pts

Mazzocco Sonoma 2016 Beasley Zinfandel   94pts

Pedroncelli 2016 Courage Zinfandel  92pts

Truett Hurst 2016 Estate Zinfandel Reserve 97pts

Truett Hurst 2017 Three Vineyards Zinfandel            95pts

Wilson of Dry Creek 2016 Zinfandel 91pts


You can purchase these wines directly from the winery either at the tasting room or online, by calling your local specialty wine shops or a handful of these wineries are in distribution across the United States! Here are the above mentioned wineries’ websites for quick access –

Amista Vineyards www.amistavineyards.com

Amphora Wines www.amphorawines.com

Armida Winery  www.armida.com

Bella Vineyards & Wine Cave www.bellawinery.com

Capo Creek Winery www.capocreekranch.com

Collier Falls www.collierfalls.com

Comstock Wines www.comstockwines.com

Dry Creek Vineyard www.drycreekvineyard.com

Dutcher Crossing Winery www.dutchercrossingwinery.com

Francis Ford Coppola  www.francisfordcoppolawinery.com

Forchini Vineyards & Winery  www.forchini.com

Geyser Peak Winery   www.geyserpeakwinery.com

Gustafson Family Vineyards www.gfvineyard.com

Kinsella Estates www.kinsellawines.com

Kokomo Winery www.kokomowines.com

Martorana Family Winery www.martoranafamilywinery.com

Mauritson Wines www.mauritsonwines.com

Mazzocco Sonoma www.mazzocco.com

Papapietro Perry www.papapietro-perry.com

Pedroncelli Winery www.pedroncelli.com

Preston Farms & Winery www.prestonfarmandwinery.com

Quivira Vineyards www.quivirawine.com

Ridge Vineyards www.ridgewine.com

Saini Vineyards www.sainivineyards.com

Sbragia Family Vineyards www.sbragia.com

Seghesio Family Vineyards  www.seghesio.com

Talty Winery www.taltyvineyards.com

F. Teldeschi Winery www.teldeschi.com

Truett Hurst Winery www.truetthurst.com

Wilson of Dry Creek www.wilsonwinery.com

Zo Wines www.zowines.com


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Your Cheat Sheet to Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

Besides looking at the bottle and seeing Dry Creek Valley printed right there on the label, we wanted to find out what makes Dry Creek Valley zinfandel is so recognizable and unique. So we asked the experts themselves – our growers and winemakers. Dry Creek Valley zinfandel thrives in our unique AVA thanks to the diverse soil, changes in elevation, climate and 100+ years of experience with growing the variety sure helps too. For full quotes from Nalle Winery, A. Rafanelli Winery, Kokomo Winery, Pedroncelli Winery, Dutcher Crossing Winery, Dry Creek Vineyard and Comstock Wines, continue reading past the infographic. 


What Makes Dry Creek Valley Zinfande Uniquel Infographic

 


Thanks to our vintners for sharing your invaluable insight on Dry Creek Valley zinfandel. We asked them a simple (not so simple) question to help provide details for the above infographic. That question was,  “what do you think makes Dry Creek Valley zinfandel so distinctive?” And here’s there full responses…

Doug Nalle, Nalle Winery

“The Dry Creek appellation has four quadrants that give Zinfandel different characteristics from port-like jammy, to full-throttle black fruit, to raspberry-strawberry to peppery-cherry Koolaid. Overlay this with multiple soil variations that are predominantly well-drained, and many aspect orientations, and you have a very complex ‘climat’. “

I’d also like to add that Dry Creek has a significant amount of historical old-vine Zin vineyards which are recorded in the Historical Vineyard Society: https://historicvineyardsociety.org/. Our Estate Old-Vine Zin vineyard is included: https://historicvineyardsociety.org/vineyard/henderlong-ranch. The HVS defines anything older than 50 years as an old-vine site (ours is 92 years old).  In some cases old vines carry a greater sense of place and tend to be more balanced in terms of production, yielding more concentration and depth in the final wine.

Shelly Rafanelli, A. Rafanelli Winery

Growing…. A temperamental grape that reflects the growing season and Mother Natures’s influences.  This makes every year unique and each vintage different, then the winemaker can personalize it with their own style of wine making.  Zinfandel likes to grow wings or shoulders which we cut off and then we like to separate canes and open up the fruit zone so that we can get as much even ripening as we can, something Zinfandel does not like to do naturally.  We also thin down the amount of fruit clusters after verasion.  This entails going through the vineyard multiple times during the growing season.  As growers we become very close to each and every vine.

Zinfandel has a great history and there are many old vines that are dry farmed, and also still managed in the head pruned style.  I do not know too many other varietals that are grown like this and still producing at 100 years old.  If only they could talk!

When I finally decide to pick our Zin grapes, they are usually one of the first reds to come in.  We do hand sorting and open top fermentation.  Their sugar/alcohol can be hard to predict because they like to soak up overnight in the tank, and they are known for their stickiness (stuck fermentation).  This can make for a lot of sleepless nights, but once they are finished they are a very rewarding wine.  The jammy fruit, balance and food friendliness is what makes Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel so wonderful.  You can drink them alone, with a meal, on the young side, or choose to age them.  They are a true reflection of their terroir and the people who have planted and farmed them in the valley for generations.

DCV Zinfandels can never be called generic or boring and I feel this is the best valley to grow them in:)

I also have been tasting and showcasing some of our older Zins,  1988, 1987, 1999.  They were great, and a true testament that Zin can age well!Erik Miller (Kokomo Wines) at Passport Vineyard Tour

Erik Miller, Kokomo Winery

We are the Goldilocks Valley! Not too warm (Alexander Valley) and not too cool (Russian River Valley) bit just right!

We also have a lot of diversity in our Zinfandel from the East side to the West side and the benches and hillsides to the valley floors.

Montse Reece, Pedroncelli Winery

Valleys in general, offer the most complex soils to grow grapes and Dry Creek Valley is not an exception. Zinfandel  grown in the Dry Creek Valley shines for its uniqueness and complexity. Our Zinfandels  show higher aromatics like spices and bold rich flavors. Making Zinfandel in Dry Creek Valley is not an easy task, you need to be familiar with the weather dualities, cool nights and  hot days  and monitor closely the maturation of the grape. Once in the cellar, Zinfandel benefits of slow fermentations to showcase all its potential. In bottle, Dry Creek Zinfandel is a fest for the flavor seekers, baking spices and berries dominate Dry Creek Zins.

Nick Briggs, Dutcher Crossing Winery

The soils play a role. Dry Creek displays its own unique soil types/makeups. The weather and micro climates also play a big role. We see lots of morning fog that burns off and can end in days well over 100 degrees F. Normally we also get afternoon breezes that help to cool everything down and then nighttime temperatures can drop all the way back down to the 60’s or even 50’s. These big temperature swings and fog help create some of the ripeness Dry Creek is known for while allowing the fruit to mature at a slow enough pace as well as helping to retain some of that natural acidity. We are also lucky enough to have growers who are willing to go the extra mile and dry farm there vines. This leads to lower yields of more intensely flavored bunches.

Tim Bell, Dry Creek Vineyard

I’ve worked with Zin from Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley, and I really do think Dry Creek Valley Zin is the best.  What makes it distinctive?  Hard to say exactly, but I think the fact that we are at a nice balance of warm days and cool nights (Region II/Region III, I believe) gives us that special character in our Zinfandel.  We get beautiful red fruit flavors that don’t turn pruney with more spice and bramble/briar patch/sage character than any other Zinfandel region I’ve worked with.  I feel like we also get more even ripening on this notoriously uneven ripening variety.

Chris Russi, Comstock Wines

I believe Dry Creek Valley is one of the premier places in the world to grow Zinfandel.  Zinfandel needs this heat, during the growing season, for the fruit to reach full potential, which is the ripe, red fruit characteristics paired with the savory, black pepper attributes we find in the wine.  The fertile, alluvial soils help maintain the vigor even in the oldest vines in the valley, which can be well over 100 yrs old, and still producing fruit with incredible concentration.

 

 

 


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Passport Photos from Our 30th Anniversary

Our 30th Anniversary was one for the books! With 5,000 attendees from all over the world, 41 of the best wineries, hundreds of wines, countless pairings, and the perfect weather – we just can’t get over how much fun we had. Thank you all for coming out and celebrating with us. Without you, Passport couldn’t happen, so thank you to the thousands of you who come back year-after-year with your family and friends to share in all things Dry Creek Valley – Sonoma Wine Country. Enjoy these photos from the weekend captured by the talented, Charlie Gesell!

This year our photo blog is brought to you in partnership with Sonoma Magazine – an award-winning publication that celebrates the Sonoma landscape and lifestyle. Through in-depth stories and vivid photography, Sonoma Magazine keeps readers on the pulse of the restaurants, wineries, arts, entertainment, culture and style that make Sonoma a destination, a haven, and a way of life. To make sure you always have a little taste of Sonoma in your home, take advantage of their spring savings offer and get a full year for just $10.

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Our Friday-night, Vintage Soiree, kicked off the weekend with the most incredible views, food, wines and guests.


Local chefs brought their A-Game for the reception. Our event intern ate five of these mini-meatloaves from Oyster Rockerfellers.


The perfect setting for a Friday evening celebration…

…moved into a beautiful dinner with our vintners, you and The Spinster Sisters.


Where is your favorite place to check-in for Passport? This year we started at Geyser Peak for their Celebration of the Sea and some award winning SB!


Next, we moved to Mill Creek Winery. Did you know that they seat you for a full wine + food pairing experience?


Smiling faces at our newest Passport destination – Zo Wines.


Our faces before & after bubbles from Amista!


Our Passport Party Punch Slush made us feel like dancing too! Thanks to our Pop-Up Party Partner – Amy’s Wicked Slush.


The Belly Dancers at Mounts Family Winery were beautiful& amazing.  Almost as amazing as their limited-production Rhone blends.


Getting a taste of the future with Michel-Sclumberger’s winemaker, Bryan.


We’re happy too that Preston Farms + Winery came back for our 30th Anniversary!


Speaking of happy campers, Bella Vineyards + Wine Caves brought us all back to the good ole’ days of camping – complete with Rangers on-site to guide you through their wine-cave turned forest.


Be it a couple bottles or a case, we love sharing a taste of Dry Creek Valley with our friends back home. Didn’t get the chance to purchase? It’s not too late! Reach out to our wineries so they can ship you your favorites.


SAVE THE DATE FOR PASSPORT 2020 on APRIL 25 & 26!

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2019 Passport Themes – Wrap Up!

Alright! All of our Passport themes for the 30th Anniversary celebration are announced – so get to planning! Here’s a quick list of the theme groups and what wineries fall into each category. No matter where you stop, it’s sure to be an unforgettable weekend full of incredible wine, food, and fun!

If you don’t have your Passport tickets yet, you’ll want to grab those ASAP. Tickets won’t last much longer. Click below to get your tickets.

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CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE WORLD

Including: Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery, Mounts Family Winery, Quivira Vineyards & Winery, Wilson Winery, Martorana Family Winery, and Mazzocco Sonoma.

View themes here.

CELEBRATE AMERICANA & FAMILY

Americana Themes Include: Amista Vineyards, Comstock Wines, Kokomo Winery, Malm Cellars and Collier Falls Winery.

Family Inspired Themes Include: Mauritson Wines, Pedroncelli Winery, Rued Winery, and Zichichi Winery.

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CULINARY CREATIONS & MUSICAL CELEBRATIONS

Culinary Creation Themes Include: Geyser Peak Winery, Michel Schlumberger

Wine Estate, Trattore Farms & Winery, Preston Farm + Winery and Selby Winery.

Musical Celebration Themes Include: Blanchard Family Wines, Dutcher Crossing, Papapietro Perry Winery, and F. Teldeschi Winery.

View themes here.

GREAT OUTDOORS & THROWBACKS

Great Outdoors Themes Include: Bella Vineyards + Wine Caves, Dry Creek Vineyard, Truett Hurst Winery, Zo Wines.

Throwback Themes Include: David Coffaro Vineyard + Winery, Sbragia Family Vineyards, Seghesio Family Vineyards and West Wines.

View themes here.

MILESTONE CELEBRATIONS & WINE COUNTRY CLASSICS

Milestone Celebration Themes Include: Armida Winery, Forchini Vineyards + Winery, Fritz Underground Winery, Talty Winery and Mill Creek Vineyards.

Wine Country Classic Themes Include: Cast Wines, DaVero Farms + Winery, Gustafson Family Vineyards and Ridge Vineyards – Lytton Springs.

View themes here.


It’s officially 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.

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2019 Passport Themes – Milestone Celebrations & Wine Country Classics

Throughout the years, our wineries have built a legacy on the foundation of Dry Creek Valley. In honor of them, we are announcing our new #DCVPassport themes, commemorating wine country classics and milestones! As we celebrate our 30 year anniversary, these wineries are celebrating 25, 30, 40 and 45 years in Dry Creek Valley. And the others have become so classic that a trip to Sonoma Wine Country wouldn’t be complete without stopping by!

If you don’t have your Passport tickets yet, what are you waiting for? There are only a limited amount of tickets left!

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Milestone Celebrations

Silver Gala Celebration at Armida Winery

2201 Westside Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-2222

Armida’s 25 year Silver Gala Celebration! Please join our family for a huge celebration of everything that makes us a Dry Creek Valley favorite for 25 years. Barrel taste small lot Old Vine Zinfandel with our winemaker. Enjoy a Maple Vineyards vertical tasting. Feast on Tomales Bay oysters and lots of barbeque tri-tip. Rock and Roll with the amazing PULSATORS. PoiZin- the wine to die for


Evolution of  a Winegrower at Forchini Vineyards & Winery

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

Celebrate “Evolution of a Winegrower.” As a young engineer, Jim Forchini started from scratch in 1971 to begin a second career as a winegrower. See the history of their development from grower to wine producers, winery production equipment display, gallery of awards and feast on a delicious buffet prepared by renowned chef Todd Muir while enjoying Italian classical music by the Steve Albini band.


Forty Years of Gravity Flow Winemaking at Fritz Underground Winery

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

As Passport to Dry Creek Valley turns 30 this year, Fritz Underground Winery will also be celebrating an anniversary – Forty years of gravity-flow winemaking at our family-owned 120 acre estate. We will be ringing in this milestone by pairing our estate-grown wines with a variety of delicious sliders. This will be followed by a decadent combination that’s become a Fritz family tradition… sparkling and donuts!   


Thirty Years of Just Zin with Talty Winery

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

Come help Michael celebrate 30 years of winemaking with a visit to Talty Winery. Taste rich, elegantly styled, single vineyard Zinfandels produced by owner/winemaker Michael Talty. Producing Zinfandel from his estate vineyard since 1997, Michael is looking forward to sharing his wines with you. Pairing Ken Rochioli’s famous Cherry Chipotle Lamb Tacos with current releases, library wine and barrel tasting. Discounts on all wines poured.   


A Founding Celebration of 45 Years at Mill Creek Vineyards

1401 Westside Road, Healdsburg / 707-431-2121

Always a top-rate Passport experience, come to Mill Creek to celebrate 45 years of Dry Creek Valley winemaking with the founding Kreck Family! With three generations of family participation, we celebrate all that is special about wine, family and the Valley. Relax as you enjoy seated table service with award-winning wine, perfectly combined with mouthwatering pairings as you listen to music.


Wine Country Classic Celebrations

Breathtaking Views at Cast Wines

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

Join us as we celebrate our expansion! We’ve grown and created some new visitor spaces and places!  Take in the hillside view that Cast a spell upon the owners while enjoying estate wines, live music and award winning barbecue served up by our owners. Delight in a refreshing splash of “bubbles,” taste our distinct Sauvignon Blanc, try our newest creation, “Invocation” a proprietary red blend, and experience multiple vintages of our Dry Creek Valley Zins.  


Celebrate Biodynamic Farming at DaVero Farms and Winery

766 Westside Road, Healdsburg / 707-431-8000

Join us to celebrate the bounty of our 100% biodynamic farm and gardens, focusing on Italian wine varietals and other delicious estate products. We use native yeast fermentation and age all our wine in neutral oak barrels for a premium, natural, authentically Italian style wine that accentuates the beauty and potential of the Dry Creek Valley and that stands the test of time.


On Top of the Valley at Gustafson Family Vineyards

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

Come celebrate Gustafson’s 10th anniversary of Passport! Set in the beautiful rolling hills above Lake Sonoma, meet our owner & winemaker and taste our Estate grown wines, including Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc & bold mountain-top reds! Enjoy exquisite food pairings by Baci Restaurant & visit the cellar for a barrel tasting of our Petite Sirah. Escape the busy valley and discover Sonoma’s best kept secret up on the mountain!


A Dry Creek Acclaimed Classic at Ridge Vineyards – Lytton Springs

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

Join us as we celebrate the arrival of the cherry blossoms and the return of Spring with our Lytton Springs zinfandel, one of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2018. Ridge Vineyard’s Lytton Springs winery is home to century-old zinfandel vines inter-planted with petite sirah, carignane, mataro and grenache. Enjoy the breathtaking view of this historic vineyard while you taste through our single-vineyard wines paired with Moroccan Lamb Lollipops with couscous and Cherry Rad El Hanout.


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.

Make sure you plan ahead of time and check that your planned itinerary can accommodate your group size! Group & dietary accommodations for all wineries – click here.

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2019 Passport Themes – Great Outdoors & Throwbacks

Wine tastes better when it’s paired with gorgeous views and what better way to celebrate Passport to Dry Creek Valley’s 30th anniversary than in the great outdoors. Roast some marshmallows at a backyard campout, hunt for some pirate treasure or simply soak up springtime in Dry Creek Valley before you travel back in time for the next group of themes.

These next wineries are on trend with the throwbacks! Revisit the ‘80s, the summer of love or go way back with your toga in tow to Ancient Rome. No time machine required just some valid ID.

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Celebrate: The Great Outdoors

Carefree Days at the Campsite at Bella Vineyards + Wine Caves

9711 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg/ 707-473-9171

Come join us at Camp Bella in celebrating The Great Outdoors! Check in at our rustic lodge where we will guide you through a day of hiking, fresh air, chirping crickets, and delicious wine.  Explore our secret underground forest and join us under the stars while we sing some campfire favorites. We will be serving smoldering barbecue fit for a grizzly bear and a lineup of wines to keep the fish jumping! End your journey with a mouth-watering s’more and get transported back to those easy, carefree days of skipping stones and canoe trips down a lazy river.


X Marks the Spot at Dry Creek Vineyard

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

Chart your course and celebrate the treasures of Dry Creek Vineyard! Navigate your way through the desert island selfie station and sample the jewels of Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Bordeaux varietals along your quest. Follow the map to where ‘X’ marks the spot to find an incredible tasting experience, hidden treasures, prizes and more!


Spring has Sprung at Truett Hurst Winery

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

Experience a Celebration of Spring with a romp through our biodynamic farm in the heart of the Dry Creek Valley. Join us for a taste of the newest releases of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Rosé, paired with a variety of succulent spring rolls. Then wander the garden, say hello to the farm animals or chill to the sounds of “The Coolers” rock, r&b and jazz.


Get Your Farmstay On at Zo Wines

3232 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-794-6060

ZO wines is celebrating the launch of their Farmstay Winery! One of their missions is to educate about enology through interactive wine and food experiences. Enjoy award-winning wines while participating in a Farmstay Wine Sensory Workshop and expand your appreciation of wine farming. Stay, Taste, Learn & Explore!


Celebrate: Throwbacks

Get Groovy with David Coffaro Vineyard & Winery

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

Celebrate our love of all things Groovy at our Summer of Love Revival! Down on the corner of Haight-Ashbury, you’ll be transported to a far-out party with wine, food, music & games. Chill out on our brand-new spacious deck and fully-enclosed wine bar. Back by popular demand – the GrilledCheezGuy serving a nifty array of cheese toasties. Barrel tasting and Passport discounts, too. Can you dig it?


Ain’t No Party like a 1989 Party with Sbragia Family Vineyards

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

It’s Passport’s 30th Anniversary and Sbragia Family Vineyards is partying like it’s 1989! To take your experience to the max, our Estate Chef will be preparing culinary favorites from this era to pair with our totally rad wines from Dry Creek Valley and surrounding areas. Enjoy favorite tunes from the 80’s performed live by musicians local to Sonoma County. Join us in celebrating the good times, come on!


Take it Back to the Battle of the Bay at Seghesio Family Vineyards

700 Grove Street, Healdsburg / 707-433-3579

Celebrate Passport’s 30th Anniversary with a throwback to the 1989 World Series – a “Battle of the Bay” between the Oakland A’s and the San Francisco Giants. Enjoy ballpark-themed fare from Chef Peter Janiak, round the bases to taste award-winning Zinfandels, and hit a grand slam with our Passport wine specials. America’s heritage grape + America’s favorite pastime are the perfect combination for a home run hit!


All Dry Creek Roads Lead to Rome West Wines

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

Come celebrate the wine god Bacchus and enjoy Ancient Rome, Dry Creek style! Enjoy Truffle Mushroom Risotto paired with new release 2013 West Tuscan Cuvee (Cabernet Sauvignon/Sangiovese) and other wines and tasty bites by Ken Rochioli Catering.  Wear your toga, or come as you are to listen or dance to the live band “Rock on a Roll”!


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.

Make sure you plan ahead of time and check that your planned itinerary can accommodate your group size! Group & dietary accommodations for all wineries – click here.

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Wine Events: What’s the Best Fit for You

We love wine and it’s pretty obvious that that’s our thing. But we understand the initial thought you may have that wine events might not be for everybody – we disagree. We think that there’s a perfect wine event fit out there for you. Whether you’re not keen on crowds, you’re looking to see the world, get outdoors or focusing on purchasing wines there’s a niche for you. That’s what’s amazing about Sonoma Wine Country and Dry Creek Valley, is celebrating the diversity of what there is to offer.

There’s a reason that Passport and wine events become an annual tradition for many (like these longterm attendees) and it’s because they’re fun, celebratory ways to bring everyone together and enjoy doing what you love in a beautiful setting. Here’s what we’d suggest for your next wine event …


Intimate + Low Key

If crowds aren’t necessarily your thing, you can still do wine events! For example, some of our Prelude to Passport lunches are limited to just 20 seats like at DaVero Farms & Winery. And don’t rule out Passport weekend either. While some wineries are definitely a hustle and bustle, there a handful that keep their wine country pace and charm over the weekend.


Travel Focused 

If you are all about getting out and seeing the world – you should definitely be considering a wine cruise! The newest trend in travel feature amazing destinations along a scenic river or on a larger ocean scale, but with an incredible twist and emphasis on wine regions. Dry Creek Valley was the first to bring our local vintners on-board to pair with these itineraries. You’ll explore famous wine regions by day and enjoy your favorite Dry Creek Valley wines at night. Coming up this June, we’ll be heading to Bordeaux and, in 2020, we’ll be cruising the Mediterranean with an incredible itinerary.


Active & Outdoor

Wine is good for your heart and there are studies to prove it! But when you want to be a bit more active and feel that you’ve “earned” your wine then you’ll love our Vineyard Tour options for Passport. Many of our gorgeous wineries offer these tours year round and can include tastings and picnics. Learn about which of our wineries offer tours here or check out our events page to see what’s going on the valley.


Cellar Stocker – For the Case Special Seeker or Cult Chaser

Want to stock up on cases of wine or come across the hard to find bottle to add to your collection? The Passport to Dry Creek Valley is the perfect wine event for you. Many wineries offer specials on wines, are selling futures or feature their newest releases. Passport also opens to the doors to many smaller wineries that you may not be able to access on any other day thereby giving you the “in” to their unique, limited production and hard to come by wines. If you’re looking to buy wine – then Passport is the ticket for you.


All About the Fun

If you’re focus is maximizing your fun then sounds like you need to mark your calendar for our Friday evening birthday celebration, The Vintage Soiree. This year’s event will be held up at The Ranch overlooking Lake Sonoma and Dry Creek Valley. Our Pre-Passport, 30th Anniversary celebration welcomes you with a reception of diverse Dry Creek Valley wines paired with appetizers from local chefs, oysters and charcuterie. Then join us at our family table for a wine country casual sit down dinner prepared by local favorite Chef & Owner Liza Hinman from The Spinster Sisters.

Both cocktail dresses and cowboy boots are appropriate. Dancing and live music are complemented by gourmet s’mores and soul warming fire pits under the stars after dinner. The Vintage Soiree is the perfect way to kick-off Passport weekend and is sure to be a good time.

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2019 Passport Themes – Culinary Creations & Musical Celebrations

When we think of a good party, two things top our list: food and awesome music!  This week’s round-up focuses on both.

Dry Creek Valley is all about the high-quality wine, and Passport really brings it home with all of the amazing wine & food pairings around every corner. Below we’ve picked a few stand-outs in terms of culinary creations for you. If you’re looking to enjoy some of Sonoma County’s best entertainers while sipping on some Zin, then keep reading for a curated list of stops to add on your Passport Itinerary.

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Celebrate: Culinary Creations

Celebrate the Sea with a Bay Area Classic at Geyser Peak Winery

2306 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg / 707-857-2500

Come “celebrate the sea” at Geyser Peak Winery and tempt your taste buds with a mouthwatering pairing – our limited production Winemaker’s Selection Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel matched with Ken Rochioli’s not-to-be-missed Cioppino. Then sail off to the dance floor or spread out your beach blanket on the lawn and kick back to local Sonoma County band, Junk in the Trunk. Special discounts for event participants!


Strolling through the French Market at Michel Schlumberger Wine Estate

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

Bienvenue to the Michel-Schlumberger French Market. Taste through Parisian inspired food & wine pairings with our most popular varietals including our Cabernet, Red Blends and Sparkling Blanc de Blancs as you tour the estate and relax in our serene courtyard with your closest friends. Enjoy futures straight from the barrel, soak up the quiet ambience and sip wine while feeling transported into the French Countryside.


Taco ‘bout a Fiesta at Trattore Farms

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

Celebrate Fiesta! at Trattore Farms winery. The party starts at our gorgeous winery perched high on the hill with the best view of Dry Creek Valley below. Enjoy our family owned boutique winery as you sip on estate grown Rhone varietals, paired with Chicken Mole Tacos. Taste through our estate milled extra virgin olive oils as part of your experience with Trattore Farms.


Estate Grown and Sown Pairings at Preston Farm + Winery

9282 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-3372

Preston Farm and Winery celebrates essential Dry Creek Valley. Heritage Zinfandels, pioneering Sauvignon Blanc, Rhone blends the ultimate expression of our soils. Italian culinary maven Gia Passalaqua conjures porchetta and pizza from our home-grown pigs and produce. Heirloom estate-grown wheat sourdough, olive oil from the farm, hard cider from our apples complete the experience of a diverse farm crafted for pleasure.


Southern Staples Straight Outta NOLA at Selby Winery

498 Moore Lane, Healdsburg / 707-431-1703

Experience a fabulous French backdrop while you taste the fine cuisine of famous Chef Donelon, who we are flying in from New Orleans!  Shrimp Remoulade, Crawfish Cornbread and Chef’s signature dish, Andouille Macque Choux, will be paired with winemaker Susie Selby’s DCV French Reserves. The experience will be topped off by burlesque dancers, Cajun music and our amazing fortune teller. Leissez le bon temps rouler!


Celebrate: Music

British Invasion of Pepperland at Blanchard Family Wines

109 West North St, Healdsburg / 630-606-43893

Blanchard Family Wine will once again be transporting our guests into one of the great eras of Rock and Roll, the British Invasion. Our caterer will be serving unique British themed culinary treats to pair with our award winning wines. We welcome back Sonoma County’s favorite band Pepperland to perform live hits from everyone’s favorite rock groups from over the pond. Come join us for exclusive wine sales, and dance the day away with some classic British rock and roll.


Never a Shortage of Delicious Bites, Sounds and Sights at  Dutcher Crossing

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

At Dutcher Crossing we celebrate family every day; from our warm hospitality to our relaxing vineyard views, we invite you to experience Passport with your friends and loved ones. Stroll the grounds listening to the Latin rhythms of the Carlos Herrera band while sampling savory small bites paired with our handcrafted artisan wines. We look forward to having you here and creating memories to last a lifetime!


Here Comes the WINE at Papapietro Perry Winery

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

In addition to great wine, great food and great fun, we’re celebrating the Beatles!! If you know us, you know we love music at Papapietro Perry, and we’re big Beatles fans. So grab your go-go boots and join us dancing to the Blind Barbers playing Beatles tunes, sipping wine that we’re just sure the Beatles would have loved and munching on some tasty treats!


Rock & Roll with the Family at F. Teldeschi Winery

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

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


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.

 

Make sure you plan ahead of time and check that your planned itinerary can accommodate your group size! Group & dietary accommodations for all wineries – click here.

 


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CELEBRATING OUR RETURN ATTENDEES & 30 YEARS OF PASSPORT

Passport is the perfect weekend for so many things and once you’ve attended you know why we and all of our community gets so excited for it each year. It’s the ultimate celebration of springtime, of rosé and sauvignon blanc releases, the perfect reason to get your family together and reunite with old friends, the time to stock up your cellar with wine and so much more.

To celebrate our 30th, we want to ultimately celebrate you and all of the attendees who make this event possible each year. So we reached out to the loyal attendees who have been visiting us since Passport was in its earliest years and here is what they have to say about this beloved event. 


TIM AND EMILY S. – 27 YEARS OF PASSPORT

Where are you from?  La Jolla, CA

Who Do You Usually Bring to Passport?  We come with friends and family, old and new.  Emily’s sisters, Becka and Dorothy attend each year.  They are the infamous Dyson sisters of Passport Weekend.  And now the next generation, our kids and their friends, are starting to attend with us.

 

Your Favorite Things About Passport: It is a great venue for meeting up with friends that you haven’t seen all year.  No matter how busy your lives are, jobs and kids and “life”, you can always meet up with friends at Passport.

What’s one of your favorite Passport memories?  We have so many amazing memories from Passport.  In 2002, I was the officiant at my brother- and sister-in-laws’ wedding, and we did it at Passport!  Imagine 20 people with glasses of wine and tears of happiness in their eyes, celebrating the union of dear friends.  It was a flash-wedding.  We didn’t have a specific place in mind.  We just did it when the moment felt right.   And Passport was a built-in reception and honeymoon.  Best wedding ever.


ELIZABETH J.E. – 29 YEARS OF PASSPORT

Where are you from? Glen Ellyn, IL

Who Do You Usually Bring to Passport: My sister and two brothers

Your Favorite Things About Passport: The wine and food but also being treated like family. Love staying at Camellia Inn.

What’s one of your favorite Passport memories? My brother David, won a drawing at Passalacqua winery for a helicopter ride for the 4 of us.  We were flown to the middle of one of their vineyards and served wine by Mr. Passalacqua!  What a glorious experience!


AIMEE B. – 25 YEARS OF PASSPORT

Where are you from? Pasadena, CA

Who Do You Usually Bring to Passport?  My husband Bruce and I meet up every year with friends from New York (David O.), Chicago (John G.), Seattle (Jim and Sally S.), and the San Francisco Bay area (Alex J., and Muriel K.).  This is our annual get together and a great way to rekindle our long lasting friendship.  Unfortunately both John and Alex have lost their wives in the last couple of years, so the get together has more meaning than ever.

Your Favorite Things About Passport: Trying new wineries for the first time, plus the food and music – not to mention the spectacular wines.  We used to be able to hit every winery when there was only 20 on the list, so now we go to the ones we love, plus try out a couple new ones each year.

Your “Never Miss” Winery to Stop At: There are too many good wineries to pick, but we love David Coffaro, Mauritson, Sbragia, and Wilson, and last year discovered the great wines at Mounts.


ED S. – 30 YEARS OF PASSPORT

Road to Mounts, Passport 2014

Where are you from? Walnut Creek, CA (30+ years, PA originally)

Who Do You Usually Bring to Passport: Spouses, friends, mostly solo of late (sad smiley face).

Your Favorite Things About Passport: EVERYTHING! vistas, wineries, music, food, wine and of course – all the amicable people.

Your “Never Miss” Winery to Stop At: Too many to cite, but Rued, Mill Creek, Fritz, and the group on the hill with Family Wineries.

What’s one of your favorite Passport memories? The Fargo Brothers at Teldeschi in 2013.


LISA AND BEN D. – 29 YEARS OF PASSPORT

Where are you from? Marin County

Your Favorite Things About Passport: Zinfandel, above all. Creative food and wine pairings that we then try to match at home. Introducing new people to the hidden gem that is Dry Creek.

What’s one of your favorite Passport memories? Having all of our family members together at Passport for most of those 29 years.


JUDY & WALLY T. – 19 YEARS OF PASSPORT

Where are you from? Southern California.

Your Favorite Things About Passport:  love the food and wine pairings and reconnecting each year.

What’s one of your favorite Passport memories? We used to play in a contest at the end of the day at Seghesio years ago. Dancing at the last stop of the day.


ROBERT R. – 25 YEARS OF PASSPORT

Where are you from?  Frederick Maryland

Who You Usually Bring to Passport:    Right now, my wife and 6 of her friends.  But over the years I brought over 40 from Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio and New Jersey.  At one time we also had an additional 20 from Florida and Virginia.

What’s one of your favorite Passport memories? All this started because of my interest in Sonoma, the wines, the charm of the day and the winery , and the hype and enthusiasm over and about the event. Prior to the event we have had parties to make beaded wine holders, and the ladies hats much like you would see at the Kentucky Derby. Our enthusiasm was contagious and we met oodles of like-minded souls at the wineries. Over the years we can count of many from the bay area recognizing and partying with us.  Oh, and we purchase lots of wines and became favorite sons at some wineries.

Your Favorite Things About Passport:  The wines, the atmosphere, spring like temps, and the many people we meet and chance to drink and indulge in our favorite winery and wine

What’s one of your favorite Passport memories?  The wine, food and entertainment. It is world class and other regions have tried to copy but to no avail.


A huge thank you to these attendees for taking the time to share with us why they love Passport and for sending along these great photos for us to use in our blog! We truly love hearing all of your Passport stories.

Share your own Passport stories with us on social media using the hashtag #DCVPassport! 


Haven’t been to Passport yet?

Well what are you waiting for? The 30th Anniversary is the perfect year to attend and celebrate anything and everything Dry Creek Valley. Learn more about the event here or purchase your tickets below.

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