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2019 Passport Themes – Wrap Up!

Alright! All of our Passport themes for the 30th Anniversary celebration are announced – so get to planning! Here’s a quick list of the theme groups and what wineries fall into each category. No matter where you stop, it’s sure to be an unforgettable weekend full of incredible wine, food, and fun!

If you don’t have your Passport tickets yet, you’ll want to grab those ASAP. Tickets won’t last much longer. Click below to get your tickets.

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Including: Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery, Mounts Family Winery, Quivira Vineyards & Winery, Wilson Winery, Martorana Family Winery, and Mazzocco Sonoma.

View themes here.


Americana Themes Include: Amista Vineyards, Comstock Wines, Kokomo Winery, Malm Cellars and Collier Falls Winery.

Family Inspired Themes Include: Mauritson Wines, Pedroncelli Winery, Rued Winery, and Zichichi Winery.

View themes here.


Culinary Creation Themes Include: Geyser Peak Winery, Michel Schlumberger

Wine Estate, Trattore Farms & Winery, Preston Farm + Winery and Selby Winery.

Musical Celebration Themes Include: Blanchard Family Wines, Dutcher Crossing, Papapietro Perry Winery, and F. Teldeschi Winery.

View themes here.


Great Outdoors Themes Include: Bella Vineyards + Wine Caves, Dry Creek Vineyard, Truett Hurst Winery, Zo Wines.

Throwback Themes Include: David Coffaro Vineyard + Winery, Sbragia Family Vineyards, Seghesio Family Vineyards and West Wines.

View themes here.


Milestone Celebration Themes Include: Armida Winery, Forchini Vineyards + Winery, Fritz Underground Winery, Talty Winery and Mill Creek Vineyards.

Wine Country Classic Themes Include: Cast Wines, DaVero Farms + Winery, Gustafson Family Vineyards and Ridge Vineyards – Lytton Springs.

View themes here.

It’s officially 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.

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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2019 Passport Themes – Milestone Celebrations & Wine Country Classics

Throughout the years, our wineries have built a legacy on the foundation of Dry Creek Valley. In honor of them, we are announcing our new #DCVPassport themes, commemorating wine country classics and milestones! As we celebrate our 30 year anniversary, these wineries are celebrating 25, 30, 40 and 45 years in Dry Creek Valley. And the others have become so classic that a trip to Sonoma Wine Country wouldn’t be complete without stopping by!

If you don’t have your Passport tickets yet, what are you waiting for? There are only a limited amount of tickets left!

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Milestone Celebrations

Silver Gala Celebration at Armida Winery

2201 Westside Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-2222

Armida’s 25 year Silver Gala Celebration! Please join our family for a huge celebration of everything that makes us a Dry Creek Valley favorite for 25 years. Barrel taste small lot Old Vine Zinfandel with our winemaker. Enjoy a Maple Vineyards vertical tasting. Feast on Tomales Bay oysters and lots of barbeque tri-tip. Rock and Roll with the amazing PULSATORS. PoiZin- the wine to die for

Evolution of  a Winegrower at Forchini Vineyards & Winery

5141 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-431-8886

Celebrate “Evolution of a Winegrower.” As a young engineer, Jim Forchini started from scratch in 1971 to begin a second career as a winegrower. See the history of their development from grower to wine producers, winery production equipment display, gallery of awards and feast on a delicious buffet prepared by renowned chef Todd Muir while enjoying Italian classical music by the Steve Albini band.

Forty Years of Gravity Flow Winemaking at Fritz Underground Winery

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

As Passport to Dry Creek Valley turns 30 this year, Fritz Underground Winery will also be celebrating an anniversary – Forty years of gravity-flow winemaking at our family-owned 120 acre estate. We will be ringing in this milestone by pairing our estate-grown wines with a variety of delicious sliders. This will be followed by a decadent combination that’s become a Fritz family tradition… sparkling and donuts!   

Thirty Years of Just Zin with Talty Winery

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

Come help Michael celebrate 30 years of winemaking with a visit to Talty Winery. Taste rich, elegantly styled, single vineyard Zinfandels produced by owner/winemaker Michael Talty. Producing Zinfandel from his estate vineyard since 1997, Michael is looking forward to sharing his wines with you. Pairing Ken Rochioli’s famous Cherry Chipotle Lamb Tacos with current releases, library wine and barrel tasting. Discounts on all wines poured.   

A Founding Celebration of 45 Years at Mill Creek Vineyards

1401 Westside Road, Healdsburg / 707-431-2121

Always a top-rate Passport experience, come to Mill Creek to celebrate 45 years of Dry Creek Valley winemaking with the founding Kreck Family! With three generations of family participation, we celebrate all that is special about wine, family and the Valley. Relax as you enjoy seated table service with award-winning wine, perfectly combined with mouthwatering pairings as you listen to music.

Wine Country Classic Celebrations

Breathtaking Views at Cast Wines

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

Join us as we celebrate our expansion! We’ve grown and created some new visitor spaces and places!  Take in the hillside view that Cast a spell upon the owners while enjoying estate wines, live music and award winning barbecue served up by our owners. Delight in a refreshing splash of “bubbles,” taste our distinct Sauvignon Blanc, try our newest creation, “Invocation” a proprietary red blend, and experience multiple vintages of our Dry Creek Valley Zins.  

Celebrate Biodynamic Farming at DaVero Farms and Winery

766 Westside Road, Healdsburg / 707-431-8000

Join us to celebrate the bounty of our 100% biodynamic farm and gardens, focusing on Italian wine varietals and other delicious estate products. We use native yeast fermentation and age all our wine in neutral oak barrels for a premium, natural, authentically Italian style wine that accentuates the beauty and potential of the Dry Creek Valley and that stands the test of time.

On Top of the Valley at Gustafson Family Vineyards

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

Come celebrate Gustafson’s 10th anniversary of Passport! Set in the beautiful rolling hills above Lake Sonoma, meet our owner & winemaker and taste our Estate grown wines, including Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc & bold mountain-top reds! Enjoy exquisite food pairings by Baci Restaurant & visit the cellar for a barrel tasting of our Petite Sirah. Escape the busy valley and discover Sonoma’s best kept secret up on the mountain!

A Dry Creek Acclaimed Classic at Ridge Vineyards – Lytton Springs

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

Join us as we celebrate the arrival of the cherry blossoms and the return of Spring with our Lytton Springs zinfandel, one of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2018. Ridge Vineyard’s Lytton Springs winery is home to century-old zinfandel vines inter-planted with petite sirah, carignane, mataro and grenache. Enjoy the breathtaking view of this historic vineyard while you taste through our single-vineyard wines paired with Moroccan Lamb Lollipops with couscous and Cherry Rad El Hanout.

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.

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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2019 Passport Themes – Great Outdoors & Throwbacks

Wine tastes better when it’s paired with gorgeous views and what better way to celebrate Passport to Dry Creek Valley’s 30th anniversary than in the great outdoors. Roast some marshmallows at a backyard campout, hunt for some pirate treasure or simply soak up springtime in Dry Creek Valley before you travel back in time for the next group of themes.

These next wineries are on trend with the throwbacks! Revisit the ‘80s, the summer of love or go way back with your toga in tow to Ancient Rome. No time machine required just some valid ID.

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Celebrate: The Great Outdoors

Carefree Days at the Campsite at Bella Vineyards + Wine Caves

9711 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg/ 707-473-9171

Come join us at Camp Bella in celebrating The Great Outdoors! Check in at our rustic lodge where we will guide you through a day of hiking, fresh air, chirping crickets, and delicious wine.  Explore our secret underground forest and join us under the stars while we sing some campfire favorites. We will be serving smoldering barbecue fit for a grizzly bear and a lineup of wines to keep the fish jumping! End your journey with a mouth-watering s’more and get transported back to those easy, carefree days of skipping stones and canoe trips down a lazy river.

X Marks the Spot at Dry Creek Vineyard

3770 Lambert Bridge Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-1000

Chart your course and celebrate the treasures of Dry Creek Vineyard! Navigate your way through the desert island selfie station and sample the jewels of Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Bordeaux varietals along your quest. Follow the map to where ‘X’ marks the spot to find an incredible tasting experience, hidden treasures, prizes and more!

Spring has Sprung at Truett Hurst Winery

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

Experience a Celebration of Spring with a romp through our biodynamic farm in the heart of the Dry Creek Valley. Join us for a taste of the newest releases of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Rosé, paired with a variety of succulent spring rolls. Then wander the garden, say hello to the farm animals or chill to the sounds of “The Coolers” rock, r&b and jazz.

Get Your Farmstay On at Zo Wines

3232 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-794-6060

ZO wines is celebrating the launch of their Farmstay Winery! One of their missions is to educate about enology through interactive wine and food experiences. Enjoy award-winning wines while participating in a Farmstay Wine Sensory Workshop and expand your appreciation of wine farming. Stay, Taste, Learn & Explore!

Celebrate: Throwbacks

Get Groovy with David Coffaro Vineyard & Winery

7485 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville / 707-433-9715

Celebrate our love of all things Groovy at our Summer of Love Revival! Down on the corner of Haight-Ashbury, you’ll be transported to a far-out party with wine, food, music & games. Chill out on our brand-new spacious deck and fully-enclosed wine bar. Back by popular demand – the GrilledCheezGuy serving a nifty array of cheese toasties. Barrel tasting and Passport discounts, too. Can you dig it?

Ain’t No Party like a 1989 Party with Sbragia Family Vineyards

9990 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville / 707-473-2992

It’s Passport’s 30th Anniversary and Sbragia Family Vineyards is partying like it’s 1989! To take your experience to the max, our Estate Chef will be preparing culinary favorites from this era to pair with our totally rad wines from Dry Creek Valley and surrounding areas. Enjoy favorite tunes from the 80’s performed live by musicians local to Sonoma County. Join us in celebrating the good times, come on!

Take it Back to the Battle of the Bay at Seghesio Family Vineyards

700 Grove Street, Healdsburg / 707-433-3579

Celebrate Passport’s 30th Anniversary with a throwback to the 1989 World Series – a “Battle of the Bay” between the Oakland A’s and the San Francisco Giants. Enjoy ballpark-themed fare from Chef Peter Janiak, round the bases to taste award-winning Zinfandels, and hit a grand slam with our Passport wine specials. America’s heritage grape + America’s favorite pastime are the perfect combination for a home run hit!

All Dry Creek Roads Lead to Rome West Wines

1000 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-2066

Come celebrate the wine god Bacchus and enjoy Ancient Rome, Dry Creek style! Enjoy Truffle Mushroom Risotto paired with new release 2013 West Tuscan Cuvee (Cabernet Sauvignon/Sangiovese) and other wines and tasty bites by Ken Rochioli Catering.  Wear your toga, or come as you are to listen or dance to the live band “Rock on a Roll”!

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.

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 Events: What’s the Best Fit for You

We love wine and it’s pretty obvious that that’s our thing. But we understand the initial thought you may have that wine events might not be for everybody – we disagree. We think that there’s a perfect wine event fit out there for you. Whether you’re not keen on crowds, you’re looking to see the world, get outdoors or focusing on purchasing wines there’s a niche for you. That’s what’s amazing about Sonoma Wine Country and Dry Creek Valley, is celebrating the diversity of what there is to offer.

There’s a reason that Passport and wine events become an annual tradition for many (like these longterm attendees) and it’s because they’re fun, celebratory ways to bring everyone together and enjoy doing what you love in a beautiful setting. Here’s what we’d suggest for your next wine event …

Intimate + Low Key

If crowds aren’t necessarily your thing, you can still do wine events! For example, some of our Prelude to Passport lunches are limited to just 20 seats like at DaVero Farms & Winery. And don’t rule out Passport weekend either. While some wineries are definitely a hustle and bustle, there a handful that keep their wine country pace and charm over the weekend.

Travel Focused 

If you are all about getting out and seeing the world – you should definitely be considering a wine cruise! The newest trend in travel feature amazing destinations along a scenic river or on a larger ocean scale, but with an incredible twist and emphasis on wine regions. Dry Creek Valley was the first to bring our local vintners on-board to pair with these itineraries. You’ll explore famous wine regions by day and enjoy your favorite Dry Creek Valley wines at night. Coming up this June, we’ll be heading to Bordeaux and, in 2020, we’ll be cruising the Mediterranean with an incredible itinerary.

Active & Outdoor

Wine is good for your heart and there are studies to prove it! But when you want to be a bit more active and feel that you’ve “earned” your wine then you’ll love our Vineyard Tour options for Passport. Many of our gorgeous wineries offer these tours year round and can include tastings and picnics. Learn about which of our wineries offer tours here or check out our events page to see what’s going on the valley.

Cellar Stocker – For the Case Special Seeker or Cult Chaser

Want to stock up on cases of wine or come across the hard to find bottle to add to your collection? The Passport to Dry Creek Valley is the perfect wine event for you. Many wineries offer specials on wines, are selling futures or feature their newest releases. Passport also opens to the doors to many smaller wineries that you may not be able to access on any other day thereby giving you the “in” to their unique, limited production and hard to come by wines. If you’re looking to buy wine – then Passport is the ticket for you.

All About the Fun

If you’re focus is maximizing your fun then sounds like you need to mark your calendar for our Friday evening birthday celebration, The Vintage Soiree. This year’s event will be held up at The Ranch overlooking Lake Sonoma and Dry Creek Valley. Our Pre-Passport, 30th Anniversary celebration welcomes you with a reception of diverse Dry Creek Valley wines paired with appetizers from local chefs, oysters and charcuterie. Then join us at our family table for a wine country casual sit down dinner prepared by local favorite Chef & Owner Liza Hinman from The Spinster Sisters.

Both cocktail dresses and cowboy boots are appropriate. Dancing and live music are complemented by gourmet s’mores and soul warming fire pits under the stars after dinner. The Vintage Soiree is the perfect way to kick-off Passport weekend and is sure to be a good time.

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2019 Passport Themes – Culinary Creations & Musical Celebrations

When we think of a good party, two things top our list: food and awesome music!  This week’s round-up focuses on both.

Dry Creek Valley is all about the high-quality wine, and Passport really brings it home with all of the amazing wine & food pairings around every corner. Below we’ve picked a few stand-outs in terms of culinary creations for you. If you’re looking to enjoy some of Sonoma County’s best entertainers while sipping on some Zin, then keep reading for a curated list of stops to add on your Passport Itinerary.

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Celebrate: Culinary Creations

Celebrate the Sea with a Bay Area Classic at Geyser Peak Winery

2306 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg / 707-857-2500

Come “celebrate the sea” at Geyser Peak Winery and tempt your taste buds with a mouthwatering pairing – our limited production Winemaker’s Selection Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel matched with Ken Rochioli’s not-to-be-missed Cioppino. Then sail off to the dance floor or spread out your beach blanket on the lawn and kick back to local Sonoma County band, Junk in the Trunk. Special discounts for event participants!

Strolling through the French Market at Michel Schlumberger Wine Estate

4155 Wine Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-7427

Bienvenue to the Michel-Schlumberger French Market. Taste through Parisian inspired food & wine pairings with our most popular varietals including our Cabernet, Red Blends and Sparkling Blanc de Blancs as you tour the estate and relax in our serene courtyard with your closest friends. Enjoy futures straight from the barrel, soak up the quiet ambience and sip wine while feeling transported into the French Countryside.

Taco ‘bout a Fiesta at Trattore Farms

7878 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville / 707-431-7200

Celebrate Fiesta! at Trattore Farms winery. The party starts at our gorgeous winery perched high on the hill with the best view of Dry Creek Valley below. Enjoy our family owned boutique winery as you sip on estate grown Rhone varietals, paired with Chicken Mole Tacos. Taste through our estate milled extra virgin olive oils as part of your experience with Trattore Farms.

Estate Grown and Sown Pairings at Preston Farm + Winery

9282 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-3372

Preston Farm and Winery celebrates essential Dry Creek Valley. Heritage Zinfandels, pioneering Sauvignon Blanc, Rhone blends the ultimate expression of our soils. Italian culinary maven Gia Passalaqua conjures porchetta and pizza from our home-grown pigs and produce. Heirloom estate-grown wheat sourdough, olive oil from the farm, hard cider from our apples complete the experience of a diverse farm crafted for pleasure.

Southern Staples Straight Outta NOLA at Selby Winery

498 Moore Lane, Healdsburg / 707-431-1703

Experience a fabulous French backdrop while you taste the fine cuisine of famous Chef Donelon, who we are flying in from New Orleans!  Shrimp Remoulade, Crawfish Cornbread and Chef’s signature dish, Andouille Macque Choux, will be paired with winemaker Susie Selby’s DCV French Reserves. The experience will be topped off by burlesque dancers, Cajun music and our amazing fortune teller. Leissez le bon temps rouler!

Celebrate: Music

British Invasion of Pepperland at Blanchard Family Wines

109 West North St, Healdsburg / 630-606-43893

Blanchard Family Wine will once again be transporting our guests into one of the great eras of Rock and Roll, the British Invasion. Our caterer will be serving unique British themed culinary treats to pair with our award winning wines. We welcome back Sonoma County’s favorite band Pepperland to perform live hits from everyone’s favorite rock groups from over the pond. Come join us for exclusive wine sales, and dance the day away with some classic British rock and roll.

Never a Shortage of Delicious Bites, Sounds and Sights at  Dutcher Crossing

8533 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville / 707-431-2700

At Dutcher Crossing we celebrate family every day; from our warm hospitality to our relaxing vineyard views, we invite you to experience Passport with your friends and loved ones. Stroll the grounds listening to the Latin rhythms of the Carlos Herrera band while sampling savory small bites paired with our handcrafted artisan wines. We look forward to having you here and creating memories to last a lifetime!

Here Comes the WINE at Papapietro Perry Winery

4791 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-0422

In addition to great wine, great food and great fun, we’re celebrating the Beatles!! If you know us, you know we love music at Papapietro Perry, and we’re big Beatles fans. So grab your go-go boots and join us dancing to the Blind Barbers playing Beatles tunes, sipping wine that we’re just sure the Beatles would have loved and munching on some tasty treats!

Rock & Roll with the Family at F. Teldeschi Winery

3555 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-6626

Greetings from F Teldeschi Winery! Huge Wine Sale. Live music. Lots of tri-tip, sausage, focaccia and chocolate. Rock & Roll with the Fargo Bros. Taste a vertical of our Petite Sirah, Terranova, Taste Zinfandel and Terraluna. Available to purchase, library verticals of Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Large and small format bottles also.

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.


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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