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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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.


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!


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!


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.


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.


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!


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


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.

What are your favorite Dry Creek Valley pairings to share with friends? Share with us on our social channels for a chance to be featured on our page!

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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:

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

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.



Chelsea Kurnick
McCue Marketing Communications
[email protected]
(213) 985-1011 ext 5

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


Get a Taste of Dry Creek Valley at the 10th Anniversary of Outside Lands

Outside Lands & Dry Creek Valley Wineries

Concerts and music festivals have evolved far past the ordinary wine and the pretzel cart. Nowadays, music festivals are just as much about the food and drinks as they are about the headliners. Many festivals see this as a chance to get their own culinary and libation rock stars involved and Outside Lands is the perfect example. This festival has had music legends on their stage, such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, Radiohead, Tom Petty and many more. This weekend, The Who, Gorillaz & Metallica take the reins and will entertain thousands in Golden Gate Park.

A Bay Area celebration wouldn’t be complete without a fabulous wine component. And we just so happen to have a few of our own Dry Creek Valley winery members participating!

Going to the festival? Plan ahead and check out these pairings and get the whole #DryCreekValley, Sonoma Wine Country experience in Golden Gate Park.

Dry Creek Vineyard

(Photos from Dry Creek Vineyard’s Instagram)

When you think of Dry Creek Vineyard you think classic. Celebrating 45 years in Dry Creek Valley, they have become a flagship winery & champion for the entire AVA (American Viticultural Area). Daughter of founder and now President of Dry Creek Vineyard, Kim Stare Wallace, has a clear vision for Dry Creek Vineyard, “honor the past while striving to produce wines of outstanding distinction that consistently over deliver and provide great enjoyment to wine drinkers worldwide.”

With this vision in mind, we choose to pair Dry Creek Vineyard wines with the Bay Area Classics found at this decennary celebration of Outside Lands.  Grab your glass of Dry Creek Vineyard wine and stop by the Tartine food stand for a Mortadella Hoagie from this prominent bakery. Or for a classic, nautical pairing visit “Outside Clams,” where legendary Woodhouse Fish Company will be serving up BBQ oysters, clam chowder and lobster rolls.


Preston Farm & Winery

(Photos from Preston’s website & Instagram)

Preston is one of the best known family-operated, organic and biodynamic property in Dry Creek Valley. At the roots of biodynamics is a community that works to create ecological harmony. Preston embraces the spirituality, organic treatments and respect for nature as a means to achieve what they believe to be their duty as farmers. Their mission? “A dedication to the protection and enhancement of this dynamic through the practice of enlightened farming, the honoring of tradition, and the sharing of agrarian experience.”

It only seems just to pair Preston wines with one of the many organic food stands at Outside Lands. Pair with the aptly named, The Farmer’s Daughter, for a Sausage, Avocado & Kimchi Melt and bond with Mother Nature, or simply stroll through the Farmer’s Market area at the festival and grab a giant watermelon slice to pair with your Preston wine and bring you back to earth.


Reeve Wines

(Photos from Reeve Wines’ Instagram)

Reeve Wines was created by wine lovers, Noah & Kelly Dorrance as their gateway to creative winemaking. Their ‘passion-project,’ as they call it, is a winery that crafts composed and sophisticated wines all while mining the best of what California grapes can produce.

It is rightfully so that you pair Reeve Wines with a food that pars a creative level and affection for California diversity. We’d suggest an “Ethnic Confusion Burrito” from Festival newbies & San Francisco locals – Dabba or a Lamb Sloppy Joe from the 7-year vets at Azalina’s.

Even if you’re not attending the festival this year, we encourage you to be adventurous with your wine pairings! Try a varietal you’re unfamiliar with. Pair your favorite with a new ethnic cuisine. It may surprise you.

And be sure to share with us on social media if you’ve tried any of the above pairings using the hashtag #drycreekvalley. We may even choose your photo to be featured to our 25k+ fans.



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Planning a Girls Weekend in Wine Country

“Planning a girls’ weekend in wine country can be fun. Loving wine goes beyond the bottle — all the way back to where it starts in the vineyard. Long rows of vines cut through valleys and coastal hillsides to set the scene. Throw in a cast of seasoned confidantes and trusted sisters and you’ve got the makings of a weekend to remember.” – California Winery Advisor

Get social with your favorite winegrowing region and share your Dry Creek Valley Wine Country adventure with us . We may even feature you in our next post!

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Need some help getting started?

Check out our Itineraries for some inspiration.

Get social with your favorite winegrowing region and share your Dry Creek Valley Wine Country adventure with us . We may even feature you in our next post!

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As summer approaches, we thought it might be best to recap on our Wine Country Etiquette, because as our parents told us growing up, “manners matter.” Use this blog to freshen up on your tasting skills or perhaps prepare for your first time out in the Valley.


-During summer, many wineries in Dry Creek Valley are open to the public seven days a week. But there are some places where this isn’t the case. Use our Winery Map and plan your route ahead by amenities, varietals, location or even dog friendly locations. On this map, you’ll also find contact information to call ahead to schedule a personalize appointment for a more exclusive moment with the winery. If you are travelling with a group larger than 6, your best bet is to always call ahead. Especially with the smaller, family owned wineries, accommodating a large group is sometimes difficult if unexpected.


-With a 16-mile long Valley and 60+ wineries, you’re bound to see some places along the way that weren’t on the original itinerary and want to drop in. There is no problem with stopping by and sending a representative from your group in and explaining your situation, you could say something along the lines of, “we saw your winery on our route to XX winery and would love to taste here. We are a group of XX – would you be able to accommodate us now? Or we can come back after our next stop.” Respect the host if they say they are unable and simply plan to schedule ahead on your next trip.


-Plan for someone in your group to be a Designated Driver or hire one of your own. Cell service is limited throughout the valley so rideshare apps can be difficult to use to their full potential.


Bring your lunch & snacks. Unless you are visiting a winery specifically for their food & wine experience (again, reserve these ahead of time!), then plan on bringing your lunch in a cooler. Before you bring out the cooler, ask the winery if it is okay if you can picnic there after your tasting. Do not bring outside alcohol. Some wineries offer selections of cheese, salami, bread and snacks but it’s best to be prepared for a day of tasting.


-Taste in the suggested order of the tasting menu. Feel free to skip varietals if you have a strong aversion, but your palette will thank you for sticking with the winery’s tasting menu.


-Ask questions! If you’re unsure what a varietal is, where a region is, or what that one red fruit note is that you’re tasting, feel free to ask! There are no silly questions when it comes to wine.


-Swirl your glass. Sniff the aromas. Taste the wine. And don’t be embarrassed to ask for a spit cup from the winery. They will not be offended if you spit out wine. This is the responsible way to taste especially if you are tasting at multiple wineries. Same goes for pouring out wine into the dump buckets.


-Make room for other guests at the tasting room bar. Some tasting rooms can get crowded very quickly. When in duos, you can line-up behind each other or if you are in a group you can back away from the bar after receiving your taste to make room for others.


Avoid wearing perfume, scented lotions or cologne while tasting. Smells strongly effect how you taste wines. Wearing additional scents will only impair this for yourself and for the entire tasting room.


-A standard pour at wine tasting is an ounce to ounce-and-a-half. This is plenty to decipher the nuances. Don’t expect a full glass of wine of each varietal on the menu. Many wineries offer sales by the glass if you are interested. Typically at the end of your tasting your host will ask you to “revisit” any wines. This is your chance to taste again and see if there’s anything you want to bring home with you!


-Clear your palate between tastes with either a sip of water, a bite of bread or other neutral foods.


-The best way to taste wine is to use four out of five senses – notice the color and hue, sniff for any distinct aromas, taste for flavors and feel the texture it leaves on your tongue and in your mouth. Tip: if a wine makes your mouth feeling like it’s dry – that’s the tannins playing around!


(Want to learn how to taste wine from the experts themselves? Join us at Winemakers in Conversation this July for an incredible summer food & wine experience. Use the code EMAIL25 for 25% off! Click here to learn more.)


-To learn more about the technique behind tasting wines – visit Wine Folly’s guide!


-Make notes as you taste. You’ll usually be provided with a tasting menu and pen for this very reason. This will be a great reference when you are looking to purchase wine or join a new wine club.


-Tipping your tasting room host is not so much an obligation as if you were going out to eat, but it depends on the experience. If someone at the tasting room has gone out of their way to make your visit incredible, a tip is appreciated but not expected. When tastings are private, seated or if a food component is involved you should plan on tipping your associate.


-If you have an experience above and beyond hospitality – remember and send a review to the winery via mail or email.


-Remember – have fun! Wine is fun, social, delicious, and not to mention the wine country views are not to be beat. Each winery has its own personality and style for you to experience. And it’s all waiting just for you, here in Dry Creek Valley.


Share your pics from tasting in Dry Creek Valley using #DryCreekValley for a chance to be featured across our social media channels!

Wines for Graduation

It’s the Pomp & Circumstance of the wine world! Whether you’re celebrating your own graduation or coping with your child graduating school. Here are some Dry Creek Valley wines to celebrate this important milestone in your life.

The Pre-Ceremony Lunch

Kokomo Rosé – Pauline’s Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

“The subtle hue and aromas of watermelon and strawberry introduce the senses to this wine.  Melon, peach and strawberry juice explodes on the palate with hints of minerality, vibrant acidity, and a long mouth-watering finish.” – Kokomo Wines

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This not so traditional Rose has received high-praise for its summer qualities. This wine is perfect to drink with lunch pre-ceremony as it is light, refreshing and tastes like celebration in a bottle.


The Toast

West Wines Seafoam Sparkling Wine, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

“Made from our estate grown Chardonnay grapes, this elegant sparkling wine has aromas of green apple and Asian pear which contribute on the palate in addition to fresh citrus and rounder tones of brioche.” –  West Wines

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Skip the name-brand for the toast on graduation day and go with something unique and as rare as the graduate! West Wines new Seafoam Sparkling is the perfect fit for that toast you’ve been working on for weeks (or minutes!)


The BBQ Dinner

Gustafson Zinfandel – Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

“Bright strawberry, ripe bing cherries, an enticing hint of sweet vanilla, and a delicate floral note that contributes to the wine’s delightful buoyancy. The palate is smooth with soft tannins and an inviting touch of spice, and the finish is clean and pleasantly lingering.” – Gustafson

Gustafson’s Zinfandel is a crowd pleaser. It epitomizes Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel and is perfect to pair with anything grilled. This is the wine that will impress all of your family and friends!


The Gift

A. Rafanelli – Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

“A well-structured wine with the inviting flavors of black cherry and plum, shaded by a touch of toasted oak. The rich flavors wrap around the fine tannins to coat the palate and end with a measure of finesse and grace. Sip on this Cab with a slice of decadent mocha cake.” – A. Rafanelli

Who not love Cab from Dry Creek. Wonderful day to walk into the vineyard.

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This wine is one for the new (or seasoned) collector’s cellar. This aging-worthy wine is one to get your hands on and not let go of. You’ll be tempted to drink it now, but trust us when we say let this wine take it’s time.


Something Sweet

Bella Winery – Late Harvest Zinfandel

“Late Harvest zinfandel is a beautiful blend of fruit and spice. On the nose, savory herbs interlace with blackberry cordial. Aniseseed and dark fruit lead into a lingering, full mouthfeel.” – Bella

This tasty sip is the perfect way to end a celebration. Without being cloyingly sweet, it’s the holy grail of late harvest wines. Pair this with a dark chocolate peanut butter cake – and you’ll be ready to take on whatever the world has for you (or your graduate) after graduation day!

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2017 Passport Photo Blog

Passport photos are here! And the 28th Annual Passport was one for the books. The weekend boasted incredible weather, out-of-this-world wine and food pairings (still dreaming about Ahi Skewers at DaVero with Vermentino), and of course, an incredible group of people. We were so fortunate to share the weekend with all of you.


Take a look at some of our favorite photos from the weekend.


This group started their day at Comstock Wines and had a (masquerade) ball!


Our newest winery, Reeve, set sail on their maiden voyage with a killer yacht rock theme.


Vineyards are THE perfect backdrop for any photo.


With all of these great themes it takes some hard work to figure out where to go next.


Lambert Bridge winemaker, Jennifer Higgins (left) was so excited to meet everyone who stopped by at Passport!


Passport is the perfect place to catch up with friends and family especially with a bottle of Dutcher Crossing wine.


Skewers of goodness! The whole weekend was full of one next level food and wine pairing after the other.


A stroll through the gardens at DaVero is just what the doctor ordered.


Diane Wilson and vineyard namesake, Molly, are all smiles at their Vineyard Designate Tour.


Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc pair unbelievably well with a gorgeous, sunny Passport weekend!


Cheers to another Passport and here’s to looking forward to the 29th!

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

Click here to view the entire Passport photo gallery.

2017 Passport Themes – Sweeping Views

Searching for the perfect backdrop for that perfect #DCVPassport weekend Instagram post? Then look no further. Our last round of themes promises views that can (and will!) take your breath away. These Passport stops are the ultimate Sonoma Wine Country settings. Trust us, it’s really okay to stop & stare.

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Incredible Views & Sustainability in Style at Fritz Underground Winery

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

Tucked away in the hillsides of Dry Creek Valley you will find Fritz Underground Winery’s unique subterranean facility. Our family owned 112 acre estate specializes in small production estate bottlings made using sustainable gravity flow wine-making. Meet proprietors Clay and Natalia Fritz as you taste our home-grown bottlings expertly paired with cuisine using ingredients sourced locally by Peloton Catering.

No buses, please.

Looking for more Fritz? Join owner, Clay Fritz, for a Vineyard Tour on Saturday morning before Passport – purchase your tickets today! 


Go The Extra Mile to Gustafson Family Vineyard

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

Go the extra mile to experience Gustafson Family Vineyards with breathtaking views of Lake Sonoma and beautiful rolling hills surround our Estate. Meet the owner and winemaker while enjoying Estate grown wines, including: Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé and Zinfandel. Enjoy exquisite food pairings by Baci Restaurant, and visit the cellar for barrel tasting of our 2015 Petite Sirah. Escape the busy valley and discover Sonoma’s best kept secret.


Breathtaking Historic Vines at Ridge Vineyards – Lytton Springs

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

Voted the # 1 winery in America by the Daily Meal, and whose zinfandel was featured at President Obama’s final State Dinner, Ridge Vineyard’s Lytton Springs winery is home to 100-plus year-old zinfandel vines interplanted with Petite Sirah, Carignane, a small amount of Mataro and Grenache.  Enjoy the breathtaking view of this historic vineyard while you taste through exceptional single-vineyard wines, thoughtfully paired with two delicious hors d’oeuvres; Sonoma lamb meatball hoagies, zinfandel marinara and Sonoma dry jack & prime rib steaks, cheddar fondue potatoes, au jus and wild cress.

No buses, please.


On the Banks of Dry Creek at Truett Hurst Winery

Photo by Kim Carroll

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

Passport festivities will be in full swing with the big jazzy sounds of BrotherCat and the delectable food prepared by Jimtown Store. As well as enjoying our current vintages, we will be offering barrel samples of the 2016 vintages and incredible case specials. Come and relax on the banks of the beautiful Dry Creek with the friendliest hosts in the valley.

Buses ok but, please contact the winery prior to arrival.


La Dolce Vita at Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery

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

A visit to Ferrari-Carano is all about embracing “La Dolce Vita”. Wind your way through the cellars tasting our critically-acclaimed wines, each paired with a delicious dish especially chosen by Rhonda Carano. Visit the Wine Shop in the beautiful Italianate Villa Fiore and take a leisurely stroll through our breathtaking gardens with its waterfalls, bridges and thousands of brilliant flowers. We can’t wait to see you! Salute!

No buses, please.


A Passport Oasis at Cast Estate Vineyards & Cellar

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

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

No buses, please.

Looking to get some one-on-one time with the owners and winemakers at Cast? Join them at their Prelude lunch on Friday, April 28th for a delectable 3-course vineyard lunch. Seats still available – click here to purchase.

And that’s that! All themes for 2017 Passport have now been announced. What are you waiting for? It’s time to start planning! Keep track of the wineries you’d like to get your Passport stamped at and plan the perfect weekend all in our Passport Itinerary Planner.


Read through all of 2017 themes on our Blog homepage here!


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2017 Passport Themes – Limited & Exclusive Lots

Talk about exclusive opportunities! This week’s themes features highly coveted and sought after wines of Dry Creek Valley – including barrel samples, personalities of zinfandel, rare varieties, and a winery open only the public on Passport!

If you’re looking to add some limited & rare wines to your collections over Passport – be sure to schedule these wineries into your Passport weekend Itinerary.

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Rare & Unique Italian wines at DaVero Farms and Winery

766 Westside Road, Healdsburg / 707-431-8000

At the base of Dry Creek Valley lies our family-owned, biodynamic farm specializing in unique Italian wines and olive oils. With no distribution and a very limited production, Passport weekend provides a rare opportunity to taste some of California’s scarcest grapes typically reserved solely for club members. Enjoy our expertly paired wines with a selection of treats straight from the garden as you visit the farm animals and experience first-hand the ins and outs of biodynamic farming.

No buses, please.


Barrel Taste the 2016 Vintage at Zichichi Family Vineyard

8626 West Dry Creek Road / 707-433-4410

Welcome to Zichichi Family Vineyards where you can be one of the first to taste the 2016 vintage. The talented Chef Dino Bugica of Diavola restaurant will be pairing his flavorful creations with barrel samples of signature Zinfandels and Petite Sirah. Meet the proprietors and winemaker while barrel sampling the wines through the cellar. Taste current release wines while taking in the beautiful Dry Creek Valley view off the back patio.

No buses or limousines, please.


Private Courtyard Oasis at Göpfrich Winery

7462 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-1645

Discover Göpfrich – we are one of the smallest wineries in Dry Creek Valley and this is one of the very few times in the year that we are actually open to the public. Enjoy the ambiance, friendly atmosphere, and some easy listening from Barbados at our family winery. Our wines are all Estate grown and are available only at the winery. We look forward to meeting you!

No buses, please.


A Zinfanantic Destination at Talty Winery

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

Calling all Zinfanantics! Taste rich, elegantly styled, single vineyard Zinfandels produced by owner/winemaker Michael Talty. Come on a magical Zinfandel ride tasting through three famous Zinfandel appellations. Savor Zinfandel/Cherry Chipotle Lamb Tacos prepared by renowned chef, Ken Rochioli. Journey through current releases and then finish with a sneak peek into the future tasting straight from the barrel. Passport discounts on all current releases.

No buses or limousines, please.

We’ll be sending out weekly themes from now until Passport to Dry Creek Valley! Keep track of the wineries you’d like to get your Passport stamped at and plan the perfect weekend all in our Passport Itinerary Planner.

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