Step one: purchase your Passport to Dry Creek Valley tickets for the weekend of April 26th-27th. Step two: start filling out your Passport to Dry Creek Valley itinerary… wait. Just wait…because you definitely want to hold off on finalizing the details until you’ve read about what Forchini Vineyards and Winery, Mill Creek Vineyards, Nalle Winery and Zichichi Family Vineyard have in store for you as part of this incredible weekend!
Each of these wineries will be uncorking their own custom brand of Passport fun with some tantalizing winery themes that are going to catapult them to the forefront of your must-visit list. And with 50 wineries throughout Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County taking part in this landmark 25th anniversary celebration, all of them offering gourmet food and wine parings, your choices of where to go and what to do are going to be limitless. Let your love of food and wine take you places! To purchase Passport tickets, visit here. Now let’s get started:
You’ll be under the Forchini sun this year at Forchini Vineyards & Winery as part of their Tuscany Passport theme. Famed Sonoma Chef Todd Muir will be creating a savory sundried tomato Cannoli dish, stuffed with ricotta, herbs, and prosciutto for Passport guests to savor alongside Forchini wine pairings. The Steve A. Albini trio will be warming the atmosphere with authentic Italian melodies that will have you daydreaming about the Tuscan countryside. Now’s your chance to mull life as it was intended to be mulled… over a chocolate profiterole with a glass of Forchini Zinfandel. To purchase Passport tickets, visit here.
Mill Creek Vineyards will be evoking the glitz and glam of 1920s Tinseltown for their Passport theme “Hollywood Speakeasy” featuring food and wine pairings inspired by this fabulous era. As an added bonus, Passport-goers that keep an ear out for the secret code will be able to sneak into an exclusive, relaxing, sit-down food and wine experience inside a hidden enclave in their famed ”Wheel House,” featuring a four-course meal by Peloton Catering paired with their award-winning wines. To purchase Passport tickets, visit here.
After an eight-year hiatus, Nalle Winery, a five generation Dry Creek Valley winery, is returning to this year’s Anniversary event with a unique and personal Passport theme, one that celebrates their past and points towards the future. “Squirrel World” (inspired by their family crest) and promises to be a whirling derby of down-home fun featuring traditional wines, country cuisine and bluegrass/Americana -style live music. To purchase Passport tickets, visit here.
Zichichi Family Vineyardi heads “South of the Border” for their 2014 Passport theme: “Fiesta Time”. They’re rolling out some of their old vine zinfandel, petite sirah and cabernet sauvignon to be expertly paired with Yucatan specialties from acclaimed Chef Mateo Granados, former executive chef of Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen. Enjoy their tasting room and picnic area overlooking the vineyard and experience barrel tasting their new cellar wines and be welcomed personally by the owners and their staff. To purchase Passport tickets, visit here.