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2018 PASSPORT THEMES – CLASSIC WINE COUNTRY

Whether you’re a new fan of Dry Creek Valley wines or a long-time fan planning your first in-person visit, Passport is the perfect introduction to Wine Country. And these wine country classics are  a perfect place to start. Schedule in a few of these wineries throughout your Passport weekend, and you’ll come away with a broad understanding and celebration of Dry Creek Valley.

We are officially in the final countdown for Passport! Don’t be caught without your ticket – as they will sell out soon!

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Under a Wine Country Spell at Cast Wines

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

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


This Patient Philosophy Pays Off at DaVero Farms and Winery


766 Westside Road, Healdsburg / 707-431-8000

“Grow what belongs here. Be Patient.” This philosophy has made our small family farm one of the most interesting wineries in California. Our Italian varietals belong here, making delightfully delicious wines. Taste the farm as we pair each wine with our legendary olive oils, lamb, pork, and produce. Discover the difference that wild yeast, neutral oak, Biodynamic farming, and patience make — both in your glass and at your table!


Original and Classic Estate at Fritz Underground Winery


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

A Dry Creek Valley original, Fritz Underground Winery has been producing beautiful, estate-grown wines since 1979. Join us at our stunning 120 acre property where you can taste our award-winning wines produced by our unique gravity-flow winemaking system. We are pairing these small production wines with excellent local cuisine specially prepared by Ken Rochioli of KR Catering. Just a short drive from Healdsburg, Fritz Underground Winery is located in the North end of the beautiful Dry Creek Valley and is just a moment away from downtown Cloverdale.


Study Up on Your Wine ABC’s at Pedroncelli Winery

1220 Canyon Road, Geyserville / 707-857-3531

Since you have a ticket to Passport then you a) must love wine, b) are a foodie and c) like to have a good time. Then do we have the experience for you! Chef Brian Anderson of Bistro 29 will once again create a wonderful menu to pair with our wines. Club members: there’ll be Club Ped Lounge for a break from the madding crowds.


Historic and Breathtaking Views at Ridge Vineyards – Lytton Springs

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

Voted the #1 winery in America by the Daily Meal for the second year in a row, and whose zinfandel was featured at President Obama’s final State Dinner, Ridge Vineyard’s Lytton Springs winery is home to century old zinfandel vines interplanted with petite sirah, carignane, mataro and grenache. Enjoy the breathtaking view of this historic vineyard while you taste through exceptional single-vineyard wines, thoughtfully paired with pork belly bao buns, and mini Cubanos.


And that’s it! Those are our 2018 Passport themes. 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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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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2018 PASSPORT THEMES – BLAST TO THE PAST

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.

Days are tickin’ by and Passport is almost here! Don’t be caught without your ticket – you don’t want to miss out on the best of Wine Country all in one weekend!

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HIPPIE UTOPIA AT DAVID COFFARO VINEYARD & WINERY

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

Calling all free spirits! Come explore our hippie utopia where decisions are made according to the “vibes” and the wines will make you feel groovy. Take part in our “Grilled Cheese Meltdown” – Cast your vote for the best creation, and between bites enjoy the sounds of the 60’s, unique estate blends, giveaways and more. Here’s a chance to experience what we do best: A little bit of everything!


DISCO FEVER AT FERRARI-CARANO 

Ferrari Carano Il Terrazzo

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

Get your hustle on in our disco-themed, Boogie Wine Wonderland, sure to be one of your favorite stops during Passport weekend! Located at the north end of Dry Creek Valley, we’ll be playing that funky music as you wind your way through our cellars, tasting delicious wines paired with dishes chosen by Dancing Queen Extraordinaire Rhonda Carano herself. Visit the Wine Shop on your way out, shake your groove thing through our breathtaking gardens and pause on Il Terrazzo for a photo op overlooking the vineyards. It’s sure to be a groovy good time!


HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR AT WILSON WINERY

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

Stroll down the Walk of Fame into Old Hollywood at Wilson Winery!  Our top-billed Zinfandels star in a double act with a Wilson classic- our Famous Tri-Tip!  Producer Diane and Director Alexis have arranged for big band music from the Jazz Hats and a classic car exhibition to transport you back to the Golden Age of Hollywood here in Dry Creek Valley.


GET YOUR GROOVE ON AT TRUETT HURST WINERY

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

Feelin’ Groovy?  Passport at Truett Hurst will the hip place to be for celebrating the 70’s.  The Adam Lieb Band will be on stage to help us get our groove on.   We’ll be chillaxin’ around the property enjoying some wicked chicken, beef or veggie shish-kabobs. It will be a totally awesome event!


ENTER ANOTHER REALM IN OUR SECRET GARDEN AT THE VINTAGE SOIREE

Friday, April 27th at The Duchamp in Downtown Healdsburg

Join us for an enchanted evening, where the wild thyme blows and the vintage wine flows. The Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley invite you to join us for the first annual Vintage Soiree at Passport. Located in downtown Healdsburg, this progressive Friday night event will showcase exquisite Dry Creek Valley wines and beautifully paired cuisine from local Sonoma County chefs. Don’t miss this incredible Friday night soiree and get your tickets before their sold out – click here.


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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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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2018 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 have you counting the remaining days to Passport!

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EXQUISITE PAIRINGS WITH A VIEW AT GUSTAFSON FAMILY VINEYARDS

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

Go the extra mile to experience Gustafson Family Vineyards, set in the beautiful rolling hills above Lake Sonoma. Meet the Owner & Winemaker while enjoying our all-Estate wines including: Riesling, Rosé, Zinfandel and more! Enjoy exquisite pairings by Baci Restaurant, and visit the cellar for barrel tasting of our Estate Petite Sirah. Escape the busy valley and discover Sonoma’s best kept secret up on the mountain!


CHEF CHARLIE PALMER CURATES CREATIVE BITES AT MAURITSON FAMILY WINERY

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

We’re celebrating 150 years of farming in the Dry Creek Valley, and we’re excited to share our exclusive wines with you. Clay Mauritson’s elegant Rockpile Zin? Absolutely. Exquisite eats from Chef Charlie Palmer? Definitely. It’s also your chance to discover what makes our Charlie Clay Pinot Noir so coveted. Don’t forget to have Clay and Charlie sign your bottles of the new 2016 release!


THE QUINTESSENTIAL PASSPORT STOP AT DUTCHER CROSSING

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

The ultimate wine country experience awaits you at Dutcher Crossing. Barrel taste with our proprietor and winemakers and enjoy hearty pairings that highlight our award-winning reds, whites, and limited-production rosé. Come mingle with friends and family, take in the picturesque views of Dry Creek Valley and listen to the sounds of the Carlos Herrera Band!


ZINLICIOUS PAIRINGS 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 renown 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 wines poured.


GOURMET PIZZA AND WINE FROM THE BARREL AT ZICHICHI FAMILY VINEYARD

8626 West Dry Creek Road / 707-433-4410

We look forward to welcoming you at Zichichi Family Vineyard this year. Enjoy the amazing Italian cuisine from Diavola once again as you taste our current releases in the tasting room and then barrel taste the 2017 vintage from our barrel room. Please take in the wonderful view from our back deck as you sample our wine and food.


FRESH AND FLAVORFUL, SIMPLE AND SOPHISTICATED 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.


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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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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2018 PASSPORT THEMES – CELEBRATIONS

Sometimes you justneed to let your hair down and enjoy yourself! We like to celebrate everything here in Dry Creek Valley and think that Passport gives us just the perfect excuse to do so. This next round of Passport themes are throwing parties to celebrate all moments big and small and truly supporting the saying, “the best wines are the ones we drink with friends!”

You better get your Passport tickets quick – they’re selling out!

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LIVE MUSIC, TRI-TIP & WINE SALE 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.


A LATIN CELEBRATION OF DIA DE LOS MUERTOS IN SPRING AT MICHEL-SCHLUMBERGER WINE ESTATE

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

Join us for our Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead celebration at Michel-Schlumberger.  Enjoy live Latin fusion music and taste our authentic Spanish Paella and Tapas (Latin food bites).  Our delicious food will be paired with our ‘La Brume’ Chardonnay, Rosé of Merlot, Malbec, and ‘La Cime’ Cabernet Sauvignon.  Additionally, sample our exclusive Barrel Selections of Cabernet Franc, ‘Platinum’ Syrah, and ‘Bloque Loco’ Cabernet.


SEATED PAIRINGS AT A WINE COUNTRY GARDEN PARTY AT MILL CREEK VINEYARDS

1401 Westside Road, Healdsburg / 707-431-2121

Come celebrate spring in Dry Creek Valley at a playful Garden Party set beside the Mill Creek water wheel. Rest those tired feet as you luxuriate in garden-side seated table service. Enjoy delectable new release Mill Creek wines sumptuously paired with tasty small plates created by Peloton Catering. While you nibble and sip, tap your toes to the upbeat sounds of the Susan Comstock Swingtet.


FESTIVAL DRY CREEK VALLEY AT MOUNTS FAMILY WINERY

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

It’s a Wine Country Festival here on Mounts estate! We’ll have live music, games, and the most delightful culinary food and wine experience that will leave you wanting more!  Don’t forget to grab a Golden Pass – your ticket into the “Future”! Seventy-two years, three generations, family owned, family farmed, family proud.


NEW ORLEANS JAZZ FEST – A PASSPORT TRADITION 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 as requested by our fans. 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!


20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT WEST WINES

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

It’s a milestone year at West Wines as we celebrate our 20th anniversary with a carnival! Come play carnival games and spin the Fortune Wheel to win a prize. Enjoy traditional fair food with a wine country twist, accompanied by live music. Enjoy new releases of our Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (2011), Sauvignon Blanc (2017), and other varietals and blends. Don’t miss this exciting birthday celebration!


SADDLE UP AND MEET THE CELLAR 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.


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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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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SPRING IN DRY CREEK VALLEY – A PHOTO BLOG

Spring is such a gorgeous time to be in Dry Creek Valley – Sonoma Wine Country. Spring welcomes endless seas of yellow mustard flowing parallel with nearly-budding vines , crisp and fresh air and tasting rooms tempting you with their newest rosé releases featuring pink hues rivaling the Valley’s cherry blossom blooms.

Make sure you’re tagging your Dry Creek Valley adventures with #drycreekvalley to be featured in our next photo blog! And follow us on Instagram – because you can never have too many sweeping vineyard views,  wine tasting secrets and Wine Country updates in their feed.


A sturdy old vine stands tall among the mustard at @DryCreekVineyard‘s Beeson Ranch


@SbragiaFamilyVineyards newest wine & cheese pairing on their patio is our dream way to spend the afternoon


@DryCreekValleyWines highlights the hard work that takes place in spring featuring @ned_horton, vineyard manager at @quivira_vineyards with this beautiful pic of some late winter zinfandel pruning.


@DutcherCrossing only made 100 cases of this gorgeous rosé set to release late April – aka Passport weekend!


Humans aren’t the only ones who love #DryCreekValley in spring so does @rubyluwinedog!


Which winery to choose – how about all of them! @SonomaWineLife captured this beautiful dilemma at one of Dry Creek Valley’s crossroads.


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2018 PASSPORT THEMES – POP CULTURE

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, 2018 is a NOT to miss year. What are you waiting for?

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EXPLORE THE KINGDOMS OF GAME OF RHONES at AMPHORA WINERY

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

Journey to Amphora  and explore the kingdoms of our Game of Rhônes: from dark and brooding Syrah in the North, to the sunlit realm of Grenache in the South, with the bastard prince Petite Sirah and the awesome alliance of GSM—all vying for the coveted throne. Feast now, for remember: Harvest is Coming!


CADDYSHACKIN’ at ARMIDA WINERY

2201 Westside Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-2222

“Cinderella story. Outta 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 hole! It’s in the hole!”

BUSHWOOD COUNTRY CLUB. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON THIS RARE PASSPORT WEEKEND.

Voted #1 Zinfandel Producer of the Year by the North Bay Business Journal. Tomales Bay Oysters. Willowside Meats. The Pulsators. FORE!


WILLY WONKA AND THE VINO FACTORY at SBRAGIA FAMILY VINEYARDS

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

Grab your golden ticket and enter a world of pure imagination at Sbragia, where Willy Wonka and his oompa loompas have taken over the winery! Your favorite characters from this classic story will be pouring our award winning chardonnay and zinfandel, paired with savory Wonka inspired bites along with some sweet treats to take home.


BATTER’ UP AND LOAD THE BASES at SEGHESIO FAMILY VINEYARDS

700 Grove Street, Healdsburg / 707-433-3579        

Batter up! Come out to the ball game and celebrate America’s heritage grape paired with America’s favorite pastime. Round the bases to taste distinctive Zinfandels and Executive Chef Peter Janiak’s twists on classic ball game fare, then step up to the mound to show off your pitching skills (for prizes of course)! Complete with a rock-n-roll band, your visit is sure to be a grand slam!


ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE (AND WINE) at BLANCHARD FAMILY WINES

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

Once again it’s time for a British Invasion in the Dry Creek Valley. Local, legendary Beatles cover band, Pepperland, will be rocking out our barrel room. An exclusive selection of our wine will complement the music and pair with British pub food. And all the while, guests can be artists themselves by creating chalk art on our barrels.


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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2018 PASSPORT THEMES – AROUND THE WORLD

Where else can you visit Italy, Spain and France all in one weekend? Anything is possible at Passport to Dry Creek Valley! Hop on the Comstock airlines to start and then get your Passport stamped as you visit these amazing and diverse destinations all within the stunning Dry Creek Valley. No visas required – just your Passport.

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

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FIRST CLASS FLIGHT at COMSTOCK WINES

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

Join our crew for a First Class Flight at Comstock Wines.   Fly our friendly skies and experience premier wine and food pairings, music and sky-high fun.  We invite you to earn your wings with us, and enjoy the extra leg-room our winery estate has to offer. You’ll love the way we fly!


SPARKLING ANDALUSIAN AFFAIR at AMISTA VINEYARDS

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

This year, Amista pays tribute to the Spanish roots of our property with an Andalusian theme. Guests will be greeted with a splash of one of our three signature sparkling wines before immersing themselves in the friendly nature of Amista Vineyards and the Andalusian region of Spain. We will pair tapas with our range of red, white, and of course, sparkling wines.


LES CRÊPES DE LA DRY CREEK VALLEY at COLLIER FALLS AT FAMILY WINERIES

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

Join us for a French Bistro Party with Crepes and music; paired with Collier Falls 90 point wines rated by Robert Parker and Wine Spectator. Wines included are Dry Creek Valley appellation Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Primitivo and Zinfandel.


VOYAGE DOWN THE RHINE at DRY CREEK VINEYARD

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

Chart your course and join the celebration at Dry Creek Vineyard! We’ll set sail down the Rhine River to the sounds of the Sea Dogs with stops along the way for the perfect selfie scenery in Amsterdam, delicious bites by The Wurst in Germany, and a sweet treat in Switzerland. Come navigate your way through an incredible tasting experience!


SICILIAN PICNIC IN PALERMO at MARTORANA FAMILY WINERY

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

We are celebrating our Sicilian roots in 2018 with a Picnic in Palermo! Enjoy our incredible organically grown wines paired with authentic Italian fare – each dish prepared with our organically grown olive oil from the Martorana estate. Our lush vineyards and olive trees will transport you to the Italian countryside for an unforgettable afternoon. Raise a glass with us at Martorana Family Winery! Salute!


SOUTHERN FRANCE FARM TO TABLE at QUIVIRA VINEYARDS & WINERY

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

Provençal Marketplace at Quivira Vineyards. Enjoy an afternoon at Quivira Vineyards, a la Provençal. We practice the highest levels of organic farming, and our expansive garden will be your backdrop. Explore stations of artisan goods throughout our picturesque property. With an estate that mirrors southern France and wines that echo the region, Quivira will transport you there.


UNDER THE FORCHINI SUN at FORCHINI VINEYARDS & WINERY

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

Nothing is better than an Italian experience! Here at Forchini our travel destination is Italy, as we welcome you to “Under the Forchini Sun!” In our rose garden enjoy stunning views and Italian popular music while sipping Pappa Nonno, our Tuscan Red. Chef Todd Muir has created Classic Cannelloni stuffed with a spinach-meat filled topped with two sauces. End your Tuscan journey munching glazed chocolate bites delicious with our Zinfandel and Cabernet. Special Passport pricing. Benevenuti a Forchini!

 


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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2018 PASSPORT THEMES – USA

In the spirit of the Winter Olympics, we’re feeling some patriotic pride for the good ole US of A! So we’re starting off our Passport theme announcements with the wineries who are celebrating all with themes from sea to shining sea (and island!) These Passport stops take a playful approach and celebrate America’s culture and bounty.

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FLOURISH IN AMERICAN GROWN FLOWERS at GEYSER PEAK WINERY

2306 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg / 707-857-2500

Spring is in the air and we are celebrating in style with a festive garden party! Come join us at our interactive build your own floral “flourish” stand (otherwise known as a boutonniere or corsage) or for a sensory flower & wine tasting sponsored by our friends from American Grown Flowers. Sample our new Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc releases, and on Saturday, get your groove on with special musical guests Junk in the Trunk.

Learn more about our partner American Grown and their Field to Vase dinner series here.

MIDWESTERN FUN & A CALI TWIST at KOKOMO WINERY

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

Join us in our cellar for some Midwest fun with a California twist!  Here at Kokomo, we’ll be kicking comfort food up a notch and kicking the dust off our boots to some bluegrass music.  Enjoy our limited production, estate-grown wines paired with delicious savories, specifically created to showcase our reserve wines. So swing on by for our best vineyard designates and some Midwest hospitality – we can’t wait to host you!


GOING STRAIGHT TO THE WILD WILD WEST at MAZZOCCO SONOMA WINERY

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

Mazzocco Sonoma Winery is bringing the Wild West to Dry Creek Valley! Be on the lookout for wine bandits and barrel thieves as you stroll through our wine tasting saloon. Enjoy award-winning Zinfandels paired with BBQ classics and sample a sneak peak of the 2017 vintage straight from the barrel!


FUN IN THE SUN WITH A LUAU at NALLE WINERY

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

Aloha! Hula on over to Nalle and join our family as we kick back Hawaiian style in the vineyard! Enjoy a luau feast paired perfectly with our estate old vine Zinfandel and Cabernet, as well as our Russian River Pinot Noir and a few more surprises. Sweet Hawaiian tunes will be performed by the band Maile Swing AND we will have the cellar open for exclusive Passport wine sales. So put ‘fun in the sun’ on your To-Do list and come see what we are about: small lot, dry-farmed, old vine, family owned goodness.


SOUTHWESTERN FLAVORS at RUED WINERY

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

Savor the flavors and music of the great Southwest. The Rued Family invites you to join them as they explore the culture of the Southwest, and in celebration of 136 years farming their Sonoma County vineyards. Enjoy handcrafted wines from the Rued estate vineyards, duck tacos, ice cream treats and music by Boot Jack 5.


DOWN ON THE BAYOU 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 Chef Donelon of New Orleans who will pair our Dry Creek Valley Reserves with Shrimp & Grits, Red Beans & Rice, and Crawfish cornbread. Included in your adventure is Cajun music, exotic dancers and a fortune teller. Leissez les bon temps rouler!


OFF TO THE RACES at TRATTORE FARMS

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

We’re off to the races! Wear your best hat and join in the festivities. We’ll be serving our Estate Rhone varietals along with our 100% Extra Virgin Olive oils. We’re serving a Kentucky favorite out of our kitchen!  Cheers!


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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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 Paired With Life: Fall Night-In

Fall Night In Image Dry Creek Valley

With October being a busy month for all – sometimes we think the best way to relax is in the comfort of your own home, turn on your new favorite tv show and enjoy the company of your longest friends. This removes the hassle and hustle of going out. While we’re 100% in support of ordering your favorite Chinese take-out for your friends to pair with a refreshing Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc, why not try something new! Here are a few quick, easy recipes to help you look like a pairing-pro and that are sure to delight even your pickiest of friends (looking at you, Karen!)

 

Rhone Whites & Cheesy Pumpkin Chickpea Croquettes

There’s no doubt that the Pumpkin is the ultimate icon for October, so let’s celebrate with this crunchy take on classic fall flavor. Pair these bites with a medium-bodied Rhone white wine, such as Marsanne-Roussane, Viognier or a blend and let the stone-fruit and nutty flavors complement the cheesy goodness of your croquettes.

We suggest these Dry Creek Valley Rhone Whites:

Trattore Farms & Winery – MR (60% Marsanne, 40% Roussanne), $35

Mounts Family Winery – Verah Blanc (52% Roussanne, 37% Grenache Blanc, 6% Picpoul Blanc & 5% Marsanne), $28

West Wines – Viognier, $23

Find the recipe for Cheesy Pumpkin Chickpea Croquettes by clicking here to go to Babble.com

 

Zinfandel & BBQ Turkey Meatballs

We know that turkey doesn’t take center stage until the end of November, but why does turkey only get Thanksgiving in the sun? This versatile and healthy meat works so well with the spices from your favorite BBQ sauce making it a perfect pairing for Dry Creek Valley’s signature red wine – Zinfandel! We won’t tell your friends how many of these you ate before they actually showed up…promise.

Try pairing any of these Dry Creek Valley Zinfandels:

Dry Creek Vineyard – Old Vine Zinfandel, $32

Chateau Diana – Zombie Zin, $9 or $28 for reserve

Seghesio Family Vineyards – Cortina Zinfandel, $40

Whip up a batch of these spicy turkey meatballs with this recipe from Sugar Dish Me.

 

Carignane & Sweet Potato Rounds with Goat Cheese

Carignane comes typically bursting with fall flavors of cranberries and baking spice. Making it one of our favorite wines to drink when the leaves turn. This wine is renowned for is food pairing capability so you are welcome to branch off and try your own special recipe. One incredible pairing we can’t get enough of is this savory sweet combination of sweet potatoes and goat cheese.

Stock up on these Dry Creek Valley Carignanes for Autumn:

Frick Winery – Carignane, $26

Peterson Winery – Carignane, Bradford Mountain Estate, $30

Amphora Vineyards – Carignane, Forchini Vineyards, $35

Check out Ciao Florentina for this tasty Sweet Potato Rounds recipe.


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Remembering Don Carano – Founder of Ferrari-Carano

We are saddened by the loss of Don Carano. He was the pioneering founder of Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery and a wonderful, warm presence in our Dry Creek Valley community.

Don and his wife Rhonda Carano fell in love with Sonoma County in the 1970s, and the marvelous winery they built here has helped create countless more love affairs with the region since.

Our hearts go out to his family. We raise a glass in honor of his legacy.


October 4, 2017; (HEALDSBURG, Calif.)—Donald Louis Carano, founder of Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery, Eldorado Resorts Inc., and McDonald, Carano & Wilson, LLC law firm, passed away peacefully on October 3, 2017, surrounded by his family at his home in Reno, Nevada. He was 85.

A pioneer in the gaming, law and wine industries, Mr. Carano was also an entrepreneur, hotelier, restaurateur, husband and father. Mr. Carano is celebrated as a family-oriented, compassionate leader in his businesses and communities, which included both Reno, Nevada, and his wine country home in Geyserville, Alexander Valley, California. Ever passionate about Sonoma County, Mr. Carano said, “This is a very special way to live.”

A second-generation Italian-American, Don Carano was born in Reno, Nevada, on October 17, 1931. He completed an undergraduate degree at the University of San Francisco, followed by two years as an officer in the United States Army. Returning to USF, Mr. Carano attended law school, graduated with honors and began his law practice in Reno. He was a founding member of the prestigious McDonald, Carano & Wilson law firm, and was proud to maintain an “of counsel” relationship with the firm until his passing. Mr. Carano’s legal career in Nevada made him an expert in corporate, business and gaming law, and he used his knowledge in those arenas to build his own hotel/casino in 1973, called the Eldorado Hotel and Casino.

In 1976, Mr. Carano hired Rhonda Bevilacqua to work at the Eldorado. She soon became his wife and lifelong partner in love and in business.

With the Eldorado’s emphasis on fine dining, Mr. Carano and his wife Rhonda fell in love with Sonoma County on visits to source fine California wines for their restaurants. His love for the land in Northern California, the vineyards and winemaking forever changed the course of his life.

After taking classes in winemaking and making small lots of their own wines from their home ranch in Alexander Valley, the Caranos purchased additional land in Sonoma County and founded Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery in 1981. Today, Ferrari-Carano is a household name among wine lovers throughout the U.S. The family owns 24 sustainably-farmed estate ranches comprising over 1,900 vineyard acres in six appellations of Northern California. Mr. Carano explained, “After we bought the initial parcel, the bug of wine bit us, so we constantly over the years acquired different properties.” Throughout the brand’s growth, Mr. Carano made his home at the original Home Ranch in Alexander Valley as well as in Reno, Nevada.

In 2000, the Caranos acquired the boutique hotel Vintners Inn and the legendary John Ash & Co. Restaurant, expanding their vision for genuine hospitality and excellent food and wine. In 2008, they acquired Lazy Creek Vineyards, a winery known for their pinot noirs in Anderson Valley, after becoming enchanted with its rustic beauty that reminded them of their first visits to the North Bay, nearly 40 years earlier.

Whilst Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery grew, so too did the Caranos’ casino properties. When Mr. Carano opened Reno’s Eldorado Hotel and Casino, it had 282 rooms and was thought to be a risky investment. In 1992, Mr. Carano entered a joint venture with Circus Circus Enterprises and Mandalay Resorts/MGM, to create the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Today, Mr. Carano leaves behind a thriving legacy, with 19 properties in 10 states. The Eldorado Resorts family employs over 14,000 team members.

Mr. Carano’s business ventures have always been anchored by his belief in teamwork and family values. Integrity and an eye toward posterity have guided him in growing sustainable brands people love. His community contributions have been recognized with many honors, including the Nevada Food and Beverage Directors Association Man-of-the-Year Award, the American Lung Association Distinguished Community Service Award, Hotelier of the Year Award, “Knight in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic” by the Consul General of Italy, University of San Francisco Law School’s Alumnus of the Year, International Restaurant and Hospitality Rating Bureau’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the WIBC Gladys M. Banker Friendship Award, and more. In 2017, University of Nevada Reno recognized Mr. Carano as a Distinguished Nevadan. Mr. Carano was known as a pillar and longtime supporter of philanthropic endeavors throughout his life.

Just a few weeks ago, Don was walking the vineyards in Sonoma County and celebrated the “blessing of the grapes” with his Ferrari-Carano family, a sentimental tradition that kicks off the beginning of harvest every year. Mr. Carano always referred to Ferrari-Carano and the land as a special place; to the many who knew and respected him, Mr. Carano is remembered as a special man who touched their lives in a truly personal way.

Mr. Carano is survived by his wife Rhonda, five children, 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

To see a video of Don and Rhonda Carano telling their winery story, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPm0xs0fQSA

For press inquiries, high resolution images, or interview requests, contact Chelsea Kurnick at 213-985-1011 ext 5 or [email protected]. For more information about Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery, please visit www.Ferrari-Carano.com.

About Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery

Founded initially as a small wine farm in 1981 by hospitality-industry pioneers Don and Rhonda Carano, the Ferrari-Carano family of brands now comprises the very best in hospitality, wine and food experiences in California’s North Bay region. The portfolio comprises destination wineries in Sonoma (Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery) and Mendocino (Lazy Creek Vineyards) counties; three wine production facilities; 24 estate-owned vineyards spanning more than 1,900 acres across three counties; the 44-room Vintners Inn and John Ash & Co. Restaurant; and Seasons of the Vineyard Tasting Bar & Boutique in Healdsburg. Ferrari-Carano is one of the region’s leaders, setting the bar for the highest standard in hospitality, wine quality and sustainability.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Chelsea Kurnick
McCue Marketing Communications
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(213) 985-1011 ext 5

Cheryl McMillan
Director Marketing Communications
Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery
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(707) 433-6700