What makes Passport to Dry Creek Valley, April 26th – 27th, stand out from so many other wine events out there and keeps wine lovers coming back year after year, for 25 years? Could it be the incredible gourmet food and wine pairings offered at 50 wineries throughout Dry Creek Valley, or the beauty of the Sonoma County countryside in Springtime, when the weather is the most idyllic? Perhaps it’s the execution of unique ‘themes’ that every participating winery chooses that keep Dry Creek Valley wine lovers coming back again and again…or all of the above!
The themes are a beloved aspect of Passport and have been a tradition since the event’s inception, transporting guests to exotic places like Rome, festive events like the Circus or a place in time, like the Wild West. With 50 wineries each showcasing a theme, there’s something for everyone!
This year marks Passport to Dry Creek Valley’s 25th Anniversary, so guests can expect to be dazzled as each winery puts their best foot forward. To give you a preview of what’s in store, we’d like to reveal the themes of four of the wineries- A. Rafanelli Winery, Armida Winery, Chateau Diana Winery, and Selby Winery. Each of these wineries will be going all out for this year’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, exhibiting just the right amount of flair, festivities and charm that will hopefully go a long way towards making this year’s Passport the one you don’t want to miss. To purchase tickets, visit here.
It’s Prohibition – Italian style! Go on the lam with the good folks at A. Rafanelli Winery as they dial back the clock to the days of fedoras and speakeasies. Stroll their terraced hillsides and search for contraband or hide out in their barrel room and sip some of the finest zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, and merlot in the Valley paired with era-inspired, Old World Italian cuisine. Now that’s an offer you can’t refuse!
It’s batter up for Armida Winery’s ‘Spring Training’ theme, where you’ll be able to cheer on your favorite team in the Armida Grape League season opener, sip Hall-of-Fame zinfandels, barrel sample future MVP’s and indulge with your favorite ballpark treats — with a gourmet twist of course. Armida Winery knows how to throw a party and when it comes to Passport, all bets are off.
It’s spooky fun in the Springtime with Chateau Diana Winery’s Passport theme ‘Zombie Zinland’ where they’ll be transforming their serene surroundings into something a little more… frightful. Their trademark Zombie Zinfandel will be celebrated with a macabre display that includes costumed patrons, make-up displays, amazing prosthetics and of course, plenty of wine.
The good times are set to roll at Selby Winery when they transform Moore Lane into Toulouse and Bourbon Street! To help bring that authentic Bayou stamp to this celebration, they’re bringing in renowned Chef Matt Donelon, a true West Bank native, from O’Briens Grille in New Orleans. He’ll showcase his signature dishes, including crawfish etouffé paired sinfully with Selby’s Dry Creek Valley grenache. But the atmosphere doesn’t stop with the cuisine; the air will be alive with authentic Louisiana Zydeco music. Laissez les bon temps rouler!
To purchase tickets to Dry Creek Valley’s 25th Anniversary Celebration!, visit here. See you at Passport!