Passport is the perfect weekend for so many things and once you’ve attended you know why we and all of our community gets so excited for it each year. It’s the ultimate celebration of springtime, of rosé and sauvignon blanc releases, the perfect reason to get your family together and reunite with old friends, the time to stock up your cellar with wine and so much more.
To celebrate our 30th, we want to ultimately celebrate you and all of the attendees who make this event possible each year. So we reached out to the loyal attendees who have been visiting us since Passport was in its earliest years and here is what they have to say about this beloved event.
TIM AND EMILY S. – 27 YEARS OF PASSPORT
Where are you from? La Jolla, CA
Who Do You Usually Bring to Passport? We come with friends and family, old and new. Emily’s sisters, Becka and Dorothy attend each year. They are the infamous Dyson sisters of Passport Weekend. And now the next generation, our kids and their friends, are starting to attend with us.
Your Favorite Things About Passport: It is a great venue for meeting up with friends that you haven’t seen all year. No matter how busy your lives are, jobs and kids and “life”, you can always meet up with friends at Passport.
What’s one of your favorite Passport memories? We have so many amazing memories from Passport. In 2002, I was the officiant at my brother- and sister-in-laws’ wedding, and we did it at Passport! Imagine 20 people with glasses of wine and tears of happiness in their eyes, celebrating the union of dear friends. It was a flash-wedding. We didn’t have a specific place in mind. We just did it when the moment felt right. And Passport was a built-in reception and honeymoon. Best wedding ever.
ELIZABETH J.E. – 29 YEARS OF PASSPORT
Where are you from? Glen Ellyn, IL
Who Do You Usually Bring to Passport: My sister and two brothers
Your Favorite Things About Passport: The wine and food but also being treated like family. Love staying at Camellia Inn.
What’s one of your favorite Passport memories? My brother David, won a drawing at Passalacqua winery for a helicopter ride for the 4 of us. We were flown to the middle of one of their vineyards and served wine by Mr. Passalacqua! What a glorious experience!
AIMEE B. – 25 YEARS OF PASSPORT
Where are you from? Pasadena, CA
Who Do You Usually Bring to Passport? My husband Bruce and I meet up every year with friends from New York (David O.), Chicago (John G.), Seattle (Jim and Sally S.), and the San Francisco Bay area (Alex J., and Muriel K.). This is our annual get together and a great way to rekindle our long lasting friendship. Unfortunately both John and Alex have lost their wives in the last couple of years, so the get together has more meaning than ever.
Your Favorite Things About Passport: Trying new wineries for the first time, plus the food and music – not to mention the spectacular wines. We used to be able to hit every winery when there was only 20 on the list, so now we go to the ones we love, plus try out a couple new ones each year.
Your “Never Miss” Winery to Stop At: There are too many good wineries to pick, but we love David Coffaro, Mauritson, Sbragia, and Wilson, and last year discovered the great wines at Mounts.
ED S. – 30 YEARS OF PASSPORT
Where are you from? Walnut Creek, CA (30+ years, PA originally)
Who Do You Usually Bring to Passport: Spouses, friends, mostly solo of late (sad smiley face).
Your Favorite Things About Passport: EVERYTHING! vistas, wineries, music, food, wine and of course – all the amicable people.
Your “Never Miss” Winery to Stop At: Too many to cite, but Rued, Mill Creek, Fritz, and the group on the hill with Family Wineries.
What’s one of your favorite Passport memories? The Fargo Brothers at Teldeschi in 2013.
LISA AND BEN D. – 29 YEARS OF PASSPORT
Where are you from? Marin County
Your Favorite Things About Passport: Zinfandel, above all. Creative food and wine pairings that we then try to match at home. Introducing new people to the hidden gem that is Dry Creek.
What’s one of your favorite Passport memories? Having all of our family members together at Passport for most of those 29 years.
JUDY & WALLY T. – 19 YEARS OF PASSPORT
Where are you from? Southern California.
Your Favorite Things About Passport: love the food and wine pairings and reconnecting each year.
What’s one of your favorite Passport memories? We used to play in a contest at the end of the day at Seghesio years ago. Dancing at the last stop of the day.
ROBERT R. – 25 YEARS OF PASSPORT
Where are you from? Frederick Maryland
Who You Usually Bring to Passport: Right now, my wife and 6 of her friends. But over the years I brought over 40 from Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio and New Jersey. At one time we also had an additional 20 from Florida and Virginia.
What’s one of your favorite Passport memories? All this started because of my interest in Sonoma, the wines, the charm of the day and the winery , and the hype and enthusiasm over and about the event. Prior to the event we have had parties to make beaded wine holders, and the ladies hats much like you would see at the Kentucky Derby. Our enthusiasm was contagious and we met oodles of like-minded souls at the wineries. Over the years we can count of many from the bay area recognizing and partying with us. Oh, and we purchase lots of wines and became favorite sons at some wineries.
Your Favorite Things About Passport: The wines, the atmosphere, spring like temps, and the many people we meet and chance to drink and indulge in our favorite winery and wine
What’s one of your favorite Passport memories? The wine, food and entertainment. It is world class and other regions have tried to copy but to no avail.
A huge thank you to these attendees for taking the time to share with us why they love Passport and for sending along these great photos for us to use in our blog! We truly love hearing all of your Passport stories.
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