Monthly Archives: May 2018

Passport 2018 Photo Blog

Another picture-perfect Passport weekend! Our 29th Annual event weekend boasted classic Sonoma County weather, out-of-this-world wine and food pairings (still dreaming about the Viognier Poached Shrimp at Mounts Family Winery), 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 year began with a set of amazing Friday events for those who wanted just a little more Passport in their weekend!

The A. Rafanelli Prelude to Passport lunch welcomed guests with dramatic skies, sweeping views and woodfired pizzas.


The inaugural Vintage Soiree kicked-off Friday night with an oyster welcome and grand tasting featuring 15+ Dry Creek Valley vintners downtown at the Duchamp Healdsburg!


A magical welcome into the food & wine pairing portion of the evening.


Confession time – we probably ate more than our fair share of the whole-roasted pig porchetta from Campo Fina.


There was no shortage of delicious wines to choose from – what would you pick?


A picture-perfect evening with gorgeous floral everywhere – thanks to our partners American Grown Flowers & Venn Floral!

We started off our morning at the Pritchett Peaks Vineyard Tour, hosted by Cam Mauritson and his fellow winemaker friends.


“Wow,” is all that comes to mind whenever we see this view!

Our first winery was Truett Hurst for their groovy theme complete with vintage Volkswagen – where’s your favorite place to check-in?


These ladies are all smiles up at Kokomo Winery.


Wilson serving up their famous tri-tip for Passport weekend.


Seghesio’s vintage baseball theme was a grand slam! Gourmet corn-dogs with zinfandel mustard – yes, please.


A pairing (almost) too beautiful to eat. But now for the tough question – sauvignon blanc or zinfandel?


And that’s a wrap on the 29th Annual Passport. We will see YOU for the 30th Anniversary in 2019!

CLICK HERE for the full photo gallery from Passport.


Mark your calendars for our 30th Anniversary on April 27 and 28 in 2019!

Tickets go on sale to the public every year on February 1st at 10am pst.

We want to see your photos from the weekend! Use the hashtag #DCVPassport for a chance to be featured on our social media channels!


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Thank you for an AmaZing Weekend from AmaWaterways

Dear Dry Creek Valley Wine Enthusiasts:

On behalf of the AmaWaterways family, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude for the warm and welcoming spirit shared by all who attended the Passport to Dry Creek Valley Wine Festival. It was a truly wonderful weekend visiting incredible wineries in the breathtaking countryside.

As proud sponsors, we were thoroughly impressed with how this beautiful festival created such an inviting atmosphere everywhere we went. Organizing an event of this magnitude was surely no easy feat and AmaWaterways was deeply honored to be involved with a weekend so unforgettable.

A decade ago, AmaWaterways began our Wine Cruise program and over the years it has grown to 50 departures this year, with more than 60 scheduled for the season ahead. The demand for Wine Cruises is a testament to their popularity and we are delighted that they bring so many amazing people together to enjoy memorable—and fun—journeys.

We are proud to work with the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley and so many local wineries and would love nothing more than to welcome you all on board one of our Wine Cruises with Dry Creek in 2019 or beyond. For inspiration on planning your next cruise, please visit our website at and contact WDCV’s preferred travel agency, Expedia CruiseShipCenters Petaluma, or contact your local travel agent.

Thank you all, again, from the bottom of our hearts. We look forward to celebrating your 30th anniversary next year and to many more years of partnership!

Warm regards,

Kristin Karst

Executive Vice President & Co-Owner

Liz Barrett

Manager, Sales & Business Development, Wine Cruises

Both our upcoming Rhone & Bordeaux cruises are SOLD-OUT! But we still have limited availability on our Douro cruise through Portugal & Spain.

Learn more here.