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Get a Taste of Dry Creek Valley at the 10th Anniversary of Outside Lands

Outside Lands & Dry Creek Valley Wineries

Concerts and music festivals have evolved far past the ordinary wine and the pretzel cart. Nowadays, music festivals are just as much about the food and drinks as they are about the headliners. Many festivals see this as a chance to get their own culinary and libation rock stars involved and Outside Lands is the perfect example. This festival has had music legends on their stage, such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, Radiohead, Tom Petty and many more. This weekend, The Who, Gorillaz & Metallica take the reins and will entertain thousands in Golden Gate Park.

A Bay Area celebration wouldn’t be complete without a fabulous wine component. And we just so happen to have a few of our own Dry Creek Valley winery members participating!

Going to the festival? Plan ahead and check out these pairings and get the whole #DryCreekValley, Sonoma Wine Country experience in Golden Gate Park.


Dry Creek Vineyard

(Photos from Dry Creek Vineyard’s Instagram)

When you think of Dry Creek Vineyard you think classic. Celebrating 45 years in Dry Creek Valley, they have become a flagship winery & champion for the entire AVA (American Viticultural Area). Daughter of founder and now President of Dry Creek Vineyard, Kim Stare Wallace, has a clear vision for Dry Creek Vineyard, “honor the past while striving to produce wines of outstanding distinction that consistently over deliver and provide great enjoyment to wine drinkers worldwide.”

With this vision in mind, we choose to pair Dry Creek Vineyard wines with the Bay Area Classics found at this decennary celebration of Outside Lands.  Grab your glass of Dry Creek Vineyard wine and stop by the Tartine food stand for a Mortadella Hoagie from this prominent bakery. Or for a classic, nautical pairing visit “Outside Clams,” where legendary Woodhouse Fish Company will be serving up BBQ oysters, clam chowder and lobster rolls.

 

Preston Farm & Winery

(Photos from Preston’s website & Instagram)

Preston is one of the best known family-operated, organic and biodynamic property in Dry Creek Valley. At the roots of biodynamics is a community that works to create ecological harmony. Preston embraces the spirituality, organic treatments and respect for nature as a means to achieve what they believe to be their duty as farmers. Their mission? “A dedication to the protection and enhancement of this dynamic through the practice of enlightened farming, the honoring of tradition, and the sharing of agrarian experience.”

It only seems just to pair Preston wines with one of the many organic food stands at Outside Lands. Pair with the aptly named, The Farmer’s Daughter, for a Sausage, Avocado & Kimchi Melt and bond with Mother Nature, or simply stroll through the Farmer’s Market area at the festival and grab a giant watermelon slice to pair with your Preston wine and bring you back to earth.

 

Reeve Wines

(Photos from Reeve Wines’ Instagram)

Reeve Wines was created by wine lovers, Noah & Kelly Dorrance as their gateway to creative winemaking. Their ‘passion-project,’ as they call it, is a winery that crafts composed and sophisticated wines all while mining the best of what California grapes can produce.

It is rightfully so that you pair Reeve Wines with a food that pars a creative level and affection for California diversity. We’d suggest an “Ethnic Confusion Burrito” from Festival newbies & San Francisco locals – Dabba or a Lamb Sloppy Joe from the 7-year vets at Azalina’s.


Even if you’re not attending the festival this year, we encourage you to be adventurous with your wine pairings! Try a varietal you’re unfamiliar with. Pair your favorite with a new ethnic cuisine. It may surprise you.

And be sure to share with us on social media if you’ve tried any of the above pairings using the hashtag #drycreekvalley. We may even choose your photo to be featured to our 25k+ fans.

 

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Passport to Dry Creek Valley 2016 Photo Recap

We had an amazing weekend celebrating the 27th annual Passport to Dry Creek Valley with you and 48 wineries! Each year, our community of vintners and growers come together – eager to share the best of our agricultural bounty with you. We are honored to serve guests from all over the country and take pride that you share your weekend with us. We hope you had as much fun as we did.

We loved seeing all your photos using the hashtag #DCVPassport and wish we could highlight them all as we received hundreds of tags over the weekend. We’re reminiscing in pictures to tide us over until next year’s festivities. We can’t wait to see you in 2017. Here are some highlights from the event:

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We’re still craving these Sriracha Shrimp from Dutcher Crossing.

 

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Passport is the perfect occasion to catch up with friends and mingle with winemakers!

 

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Did ye follow the bagpipes to Fritz Underground Winery to party with these tartan clad lassies?

 

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Stop for a #selfie at beautiful #Fritz – Best #DCVPassport yet!

 

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Time to head over to Martorana for more Passport tradition and fun.

 

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Your’s and mine glasses filled with Dry Creek Valley Chardonnay & Zinfandel.

 

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A little rain on Friday, but other than that the weekend boasted perfect weather for all the festivities.

 

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Flamenco at Mazzocco – what a combination!

 

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This spicy Cajun jambalaya was the perfect pairing with Wilson’s award winning Zinfandel.

 

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We saw so many picture-perfect opportunities at Passport and couldn’t miss this one.

 

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A textbook photo-bomb at Wilson – we see you!

 

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And we’ll be seeing YOU next year for Passport!

 

SAVE THE DATE: PASSPORT 2017 is APRIL 29th & 30th

To view the entire gallery – visit our Passport to Dry Creek Valley page!


Last Round of Winery Themes for 2016 Passport

Passport to Dry Creek Valley – Last Round of Themes Revealed!

We made it! With this round of themes we feature our wineries and tasting rooms in the town of Healdsburg. You now are fully prepared to plan your Passport Weekend.

Download all of these descriptions in this printable PDF and then head over to our Interactive Itinerary Planner to start planning. Don’t forget to schedule in a Vineyard Tour either!

 

Manzanita Creek Winery

Sip and savor award-winning wines paired with tapas, Spanish style small plates, at Manzanita Creek!  Enjoy our great our wines, warm hospitality, and exclusive specials on current release and reserve wines.   Our warehouse winery will be your getaway to Spain for Passport – join us at our friendly and fun filled tasting room!

Manzanita Creek

 

Seghesio Family Vineyards

Get your Passport stamped at Seghesio Family Vineyards where you will be transported to the largest islanda in the Mediterranean… Sicily!! Just off the toe of Italy’s boot. Celebrate with us in our historic grove with live music, bocce ball, and of course a Sicilian inspired food and wine extravaganza!

Seghesio

 

Want to win a large format bottle of Seghesio’s Old Vine Zinfandel?

Purchase a $5 raffle ticket for a chance to win this and other great Passport prizes!

 

Selby Winery

Indulge your senses down on the Bayou!  Join us as we reveal the mysteries of the swamps, marshes and “joie de vivre” of Louisiana.  Fest-goers will experience cuisine prepared by famous Chef Donelon of New Orleans who will pair our Dry Creek Valley Reserves with Crawfish Cornbread, Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya, and Alligator Sauce Piquant.  Included in your adventure is Cajun music, magic, dancers and fortune tellers.  Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Selby

 

Roadhouse Winery

Join Roadhouse as we roll back the decades to the 70’s & 80’s with our fully equipped Disco! The Fog billows between the barrels the music thumps and the Disco lights flash to the classics from our local DJ! Put on your dancing shoes jump on the stage and sample our lineup of Gold Medal 90+ point Pinot Noirs, Dry Creek Zin & Cab along with gourmet Mac & Cheese . You Should Be Dancing!  Open Late!

Roadhouse

 

Malm Cellars

Come join us as we celebrate another great year with passport. Bring your cowboy boots and a big appetite as we fire up the grill just outside the Healdsburg square. With a live country band playing enjoy some great wine and good old fashioned bbq.

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Blanchard Family Wines

Take a trip back with us to the British Invasion of Rock and Roll, as we welcome Sonoma County’s own, the Pepperland band, as they explore the music of the greatest pop group of all time, the Beatles! We will be pouring our exclusive wines, new releases and even unfinished wines out of the barrel.  And keeping in theme, the wines will pair with delicious British Pub Grub treats.

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Any of the above themes seem spark a “don’t miss” in your book? Add them to your virtual planner where you can map out your entire Passport adventure in one place. You can find our virtual itinerary planner here.


 

To read more about Passport to Dry Creek Valley visit our events page!

 

There are still a few Prelude to Passport lunches and dinners left – don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to meet your favorite winemakers over a great meal. Learn more here.

 

Sunday only Passports are sold-out and the remainder of 2-Days are going quickly! Be sure to buy your tickets soon so you don’t miss out on this amazing event! Click here for tickets.


Fifth Round of Winery Themes for 2016 Passport

Passport to Dry Creek Valley – Fifth Round of Themes Revealed!

We’re almost done. This round features the last of the wineries out on Dry Creek & Westside Road. We’ll finish next week with our wineries located in the town of Healdsburg! Download your map of this year’s participating wineries, click here.

 

Lambert Bridge Winery

Join us for the perfect wine country escape all whilst enjoying great wine and food, warm hospitality and a game or two of beanbag toss.  A relaxing and fun experience at Lambert Bridge creates the perfect environment to savor small-lot artisanal wines and enjoy a hidden gem in the heart of Dry Creek Valley.  Feast Catering will be handcrafting fresh and local food, focusing on the amazing bounty of Sonoma County.

Lambert Bridge

 

Wilson Winery

Get your passport stamped at Wilson Winery as you travel to New Orleans for Mardi Gras!  Join the Wilson Krewe led by our Queen of Carnival, Diane, in a parade of gold medal-winning Zinfandels.  The party continues with authentic Cajun cuisine provided by Lisa Boisset of The Cook And The Drummer, and of course, musical entertainment from DJ FizNik Rick.  Laizzez les bons temps rouler!

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Comstock Wines

As our estate vines begin to wake and the growing season begins, Comstock Wines celebrates all that is new this spring with fresh farm-to-table bites paired with special new release wines.  Fantastic food, fabulous wines and new friends – Comstock Wines can’t wait to celebrate spring and share our new winery with you!

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West Wines

Grab your passports and cruise back in time to the 60’s. American Graffiti comes to West Wines with fabulous cars, fun clothes, memorable rock ‘n’ roll and more! Savor our European-style wines next to our Certified Sustainable vineyards. Our small family winery specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, French and Italian style red blends, crisp white Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier and dessert wine.

West Wines

 

DaVero Farms & Winery

Come taste what happens when you work with Mother Nature and embrace natural winemaking. Enjoy remarkable, 100% natural wines from Italian varietals – Sangiovese, Barbera, Sagrantino, and more – most grown right here on our Biodynamic farm and paired with our own lamb, pork, fresh produce and legendary olive oil. You’ll quickly understand why our motto is; “Grow what belongs here. Be patient.”

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Geyser Peak

Join Geyser Peak Winery and our “Taste of the Rat Pack” – Close your eyes and be transported back to the swingin’ days in the Copa Room of the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas.  Can you dig it?

Sample some of Frank, Sammy, and Dean’s favorite tasty bites paired perfectly with our wines.  We are also featuring a “signature themed cocktail” served on our patio overlooking Dry Creek Valley.  Come swing to live music on the lawn area.  See you soon!

 

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Armida Winery

CADDYSHACK. “Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac……  It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!   It’s in the hole!”  Relax in the luxurious amenities of the Bushwood Country Club, along with the Head Pro Menu, the PULSATORS, Barrel Tasting, and of course….. the best Zinfandels in Dry Creek Valley. FORE!

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De La Montanya Winery

“Keep on driving south to the last stop in Dry Creek Valley.  If you have visited us before you know we are hard to find but worth the effort.  If you haven’t, we then what are you waiting for?  Food, wine, music, and who knows what other antics will ensue.  Featuring unique varietals in limited quantities that are best enjoyed with friends.”

De La Montanya

 

Next post we reveal our wineries in town: Manzanita Creek Winery, Seghesio Family Vineyards, Selby Winery, Roadhouse Winery, Malm Cellars & Blanchard Family Wines.

 

Any of the above themes seem spark a “don’t miss” in your book? Add them to your virtual planner where you can map out your entire Passport adventure in one place. You can find our virtual itinerary planner here.


To read more about Passport to Dry Creek Valley visit our events page!

There are still a few Prelude to Passport lunches and dinners left – don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to meet your favorite winemakers over a great meal! Learn more here.

 

Sunday Passports are SOLD OUT! Be sure to buy your 2-day Passports soon so you don’t miss out on this amazing event! Click here for tickets.


Fourth Round of Winery Themes for 2016 Passport

We’re almost there! We’ve got another round of Passport themes that include some of our most popular stops  in central Dry Creek Valley.

Download your map of this year’s participating wineries here!

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Gold in the Hollywood Hills

She grew up with the children of the stars in the Hollywood Hills, on the Boulevard. Her parents threw big parties. Everyone was there. They hung out with with folks like Dennis Hopper and Bob Seger and Sonny and Cher.

Stroll along the Sunset Strip and meet your favorite “stars”.  Feast on our chef’s award-winning food while enjoying a selection of our star-studded wines right in the heart of Tinseltown.

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Mounts Family Winery

Let us take you on a journey through Mounts history.  We will be featuring the best purveyors and products from Sonoma County paired with our estate wines.  Each pairing will take you on a flight from our past into present day.  It is important for us to share with you our passion for winemaking, the respect for our heritage, and the love we have for Dry Creek Valley.  Live music, amazing food and a unique and memorable experience!

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Quivira Vineyards & Winery

Inspired by our Biodynamic wines and garden, Quivira Vineyards brings a bit of Provence to the Dry Creek Valley.  Try your favorite Quivira Rhône wines paired with food inspired from Southern France. Leisurely stroll through our artisanal market sampling Quivira estate grown products then bask in the beauty of our gardens and vineyards.  Quivira Vineyards – Intentional Wines, Naturally.

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A. Rafanelli Winery

Take an early spring picnic with the Rafanelli Family into the countryside of Umbria.  Here you can “Pic Nic a Trevi” where  the olive and olive growing traditions are celebrated in this hillside town.  Delight in this spring time festival that fuses the flavors of olives and herbs with local foods.   Enjoy Italian inspired dishes prepared with our own olive oils and deliciously paired with our new wines.

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Ridge Vineyards – Lytton Springs

Join us for another amazing Passport to Dry Creek Valley celebration.  We’ll be featuring a selection of our legendary single-vineyard Zinfandels paired with delicious culinary creations from chef Jesse McQuarrie.  Special Passport Weekend-only discounts will also be available.  Looking forward to seeing you here at Ridge!

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Mazzocco Sonoma

Mazzocco Sonoma Winery is bringing Spanish flare to Dry Creek Valley! Join us as we make the sights, sounds and smells of Spain come alive.  Gather around giant paella pans prepared by the famous Gerard’s Paella, while sipping on award winning wines. Stay for an authentic live flamenco show and taste a sneak peak of our 2015 vintage from barrel!

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Dry Creek Vineyard

Chart your course and join the celebration at Dry Creek Vineyard.  There will be delicious fish n’ chips, salty shanties by The Seadogs and a stem to stern selection of fabulous wines!  Whether it’s Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Zinfandel or Cabernet you desire, we will help you navigate your way through an incredible tasting experience.  Become a DCV deck hand and join the crew at Dry Creek Vineyard.

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Mauritson Family Vineyards

Winemaker Clay Mauritson’s superb Dry Creek Valley and Rockpile Zinfandels + chef Charlie Palmer’s sublime cuisine = a weekend of perfect wine and food pairings. Plus, don’t miss the highly anticipated release of our 2014 Charlie Clay Pinot Noir. Want signed bottles? Clay and Charlie will be happy to oblige.

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Photo Source – CHARLIE PALMER INDUCTED INTO AAC CULINARY HALL OF FAME – CELEBRATED CHEF. Web. 25 Mar. 2016.

 

Amista Vineyards

You’re invited to a Flamenco Fiesta!  Let us transport you to sunny Spain where we’ll raise a glass of our estate grown sparkling wine in celebration of friendship.  Chef John Franchetti will be firing up our pizza oven and creating Spanish Tapas that pair beautifully with our Dry Creek Valley wines.  Your friends at Amista can’t wait to see you!  Amista ~ making friends

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Next post we reveal: Lambert Bridge Winery, Wilson Winery, Comstock Wines, West Wines, DaVero Farms & winery, Geyser Peak, Armida Winery & De La Montanya Winery!

 

Any of the above themes seem spark a “don’t miss” in your book? Add them to your virtual planner where you can map out your entire Passport adventure in one place. You can find our virtual itinerary planner here.

 

To read more about Passport to Dry Creek Valley visit our events page!

There are still a few Prelude to Passport lunches and dinners left – don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to meet your favorite winemakers over a great meal! Learn more here.

 

Be sure to buy your tickets soon so you don’t miss out on this amazing event! Click here for tickets.

 


Third Round of Winery Themes for Passport 2016

We’re half-way there with this round of themes! This week we’re featuring Peterson Winery, Amphora Winery, Collier Falls, Kokomo Winery, Papapietro Perry, Kachina Vineyards, Rued Winery & F. Teldeschi Winery.

Download our 2016 map here! Then head over to our Interactive Itinerary Planner to begin planning your Passport Weekend.

We’d like to start this round of themes with a very special theme from Peterson Winery.

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Please plan on joining us for Passport.  In addition to enjoying our top releases from our select and soulful Dry Creek and Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyards with local Mexican cuisine you can support a great cause.  Peterson Winery is hosting a fund raiser for the Cal Fire firefighters and their families directly impacted by the Valley Fire in Lake County last September.  We will have a silent auction, as well as a Cal Fire commemorative Zinfandel bottling, with all proceeds going to this worthy cause.  Firefighters and equipment from Cal Fire and the local fire departments, including Geyserville Fire, will be on hand to educate as well as to share their experiences with attendees.

In recognition of this great cause, the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley have donated 2 Passport tickets for our 2017 event.  You’ll be able to bid on these tickets and many more amazing items this year at Peterson Winery. Please make this a MUST stop on your itinerary as it is sure to be an amazing time for an even more remarkable cause.

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Amphora Winery

Winemaker Rick Hutchinson chose the name Amphora to reflect his passion for the art of pottery, and the ancient history of the art of winemaking. Visit us see our prized Tuscan amphorae, and a display of Rick’s hand-burnished and pit-fired amphora art pieces, crafted with the same intensity and focus as his wines. For Passport, we’ll be pairing a selection of those luscious wines with the creative cuisine of Ariel.

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Collier Falls Vineyards at Family Wineries Dry Creek

Join us for our Four Course Mediterranean Wine & Food Pairing. Zinfandel with Canneli Bean and Rocket Salad (Vegan) – Primitivo with Pasta with Sweet Italian Sausage, Artichokes, Roasted Garlic and Tomatos – Petite Sirah with Rustic Italian Braised Short Ribs – Cabernet Sauvignon with Blackberry Gelato and Collier Falls Raspberry Chocolate Sauce.

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Kokomo Winery

Join us in our cellar for some Midwest fun with a California twist!  Here at Kokomo we’ll be kicking comfort food up a notch and pairing it with some blue grass music.  Enjoy our limited production, estate grown wines paired with gourmet savories specifically prepared to highlight our reserve wines.  So swing on by for our best vineyard designates and some Midwest hospitality!

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Papapietro Perry Winery     

Join us as we celebrate all things New Orleans and Jazz Fest, our Passport tradition for many years. You’ll be greeted with traditional beads; munch on authentic New Orleans fare; dance to the fabulous Bluestate Band and taste through a selection of our highly acclaimed Pinot Noirs and Zins. Laissez les bon temps roulez!

 

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Kachina Vineyards

Calling all foodies! We are serving up grilled cheesy goodness-Raclette and other specialty cheeses! Blissful days spent creating and perfecting THE best grilled cheesy goodness that pairs with our Bubbly and Cabernet! Unveiling our new Charbono release as well! No foodie experience is complete without dessert! Decadent dark chocolate port-infused truffles paired with out Zinfandel Port. A sweet ending to a foodie experience!

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Rued Winery             

Step back in time and experience Dry Creek Valley as it once was. The Rued Family invites you to join them in celebrating the rich agricultural history forged by the early settlers. Stroll through our country store, step up to the bar and sip our handcrafted wines, chow down at the cookhouse, tap your toes at the hoedown and enjoy our famous ice cream treats.

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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 Terranova, Petite Sirah. Taste Zinfandel and Terraluna. Available to purchase, library verticals of Terranova, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Large and small format bottles also.

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Next post we reveal: Michel-Schlumberer, Mounts Family Winery, Quivira Vineyards & Winery, A. Rafanelli Winery, Ridge Vineyards – Lytton Springs, Mazzocco Sonoma, Dry Creek Vineyard, Mauritson Family Winery and Amista Vineyards.

 

Any of the above themes seem spark a “don’t miss” in your book? Add them to your virtual planner where you can map out your entire Passport adventure in one place. You can find our virtual itinerary planner here.

To read more about Passport to Dry Creek Valley visit our events page!

There are still a few Prelude to Passport lunches and dinners left – don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to meet your favorite winemakers over a great meal! Learn more here.

 

Be sure to buy your tickets soon so you don’t miss out on this amazing event! Click here for tickets.


Second Round of Winery Themes for Passport 2016

Time for a second round of winery themes for this year’s Passport to Dry Creek Valley.

We’re working our way up North with our friends at Pedroncelli Winery, Talty Winery, Zichichi Family Vineyard, Chateau Diana, Truett Hurst Winery, Gopfrich Winery, Forchini Vineyards & Winery and Martorana Family Winery.

Download our Passport Map and when you’re ready check out our Itinerary Planner to start scheduling your Passport Extravaganza!

 

Pedroncelli Winery

Pedroncelli is Bistro 1220 this year. Chef Brian Anderson, Bistro 29, will be creating Brittany-inspired fare to complement our wines. Bistro 29 hearkens to the Finistére, Department 29 in France, and is translated as Land’s End. Pedroncelli hails from the eastern-most area Department 1927 (our founding year). A perfect pairing. Featuring our favorite wines where you’ll enjoy a feast for all five senses!

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Talty Winery

Calling all Zin fanatics! This is your opportunity to taste rich elegantly styled zinfandels. You will experience single vineyard designate wines, grown and produced by owner/winemaker me… Michael Talty. My focus is to truly represent the characteristics of each vineyard, recognize their unique qualities and reap the benefits. As a small, family operation I have the freedom to craft wines I love to drink and feel you will too. Come for a taste, have a bite, listen to music and join me for a glass of Zinlicious Talty. See you there!

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Zichichi Family Vineyards

Welcome to Zichichi Family Vineyard! We are barrel tasting our luscious 2015 Zinfandels and Petite Sirah. These delicious wines are being paired with the incredible cuisine from Chef Dino Bugica of Diavola Pizzeria & Salumeria. Savor your experience while enjoying the beautiful views from our deck overlooking the valley. We are offering special savings exclusively for Passport attendees this weekend.

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Chateau Diana

Flower Power! Chateau Diana is going back to the 60’s!

Dust off your bell bottoms, break out your Fringe, head bands and grab your love beads! Dancing, munchies, photo booth and rainbow wine slushies! We will be groovin’ with our exclusive 707 Estate Zinfandel, Estate Petite Sirah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and don’t forget our sweet whites!

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Truett Hurst Winery

Celebrate Passport Weekend on the bank of Dry Creek with the friendliest hosts in the Valley.  Enjoy the cool blues groove of Brother Cat.  Savor the locally sourced, explosive flavors of the Spanish/Caribbean fusion food created by F.A. Ninos, the Godfather of Sauce.  Our new wine releases are the best yet, barrels will be open for sampling the future and we will have some special case specials.

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Göpfrich Winery

Visit Göpfrich Winery! This is one of the few times in the year that we are actually open to the public. We will be pouring our Dry Creek Valley Estate wines which are only available at the winery since there is no outside distribution of our wines. Enjoy the relaxing ambiance of a small family winery. Why not visit a little piece of Germany this weekend!

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Forchini Vineyards & Winery

Nothing is better than an Italian experience!  Your travel destination is Italy–welcome to “Under the Forchini Sun!”  In our garden enjoy stunning views and Italian melodies while sipping Papa Nonno, our Tuscan Red.  Chef Muir will serve Cannelloni stuffed with spinach and meat topped with two sauces.  End your Tuscan visit munching glazed chocolate bites, delicious with our Zinfandel and Cabernet.  Special Passport pricing.  Benevenuti a Forchini!

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Martorana Family Winery

Our family has enjoyed the beauty of Dry Creek Valley and growing grapes since the 1980’s; producing our first vintage in 2005.  In 2007, we built our environmentally friendly underground winery.  Our commitment to nature extends to our farming practices and we are CCOF certified.  We produce 2000 cases from our Estate Vineyards; Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rose, Zinfandel, Merlot, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon.  Besides excellent wines and EVOO, we promise you warm hospitality.  Play a game of Bocce, or take a walk along beautiful Dry Creek; we look forward to meeting you.

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Next post we reveal: A special theme from Peterson Winery, Amphora Winery, Collier Falls, Kokomo Winery, Papapietro Perry Winery, Kachina Vineyards, Rued Winery and Teldeschi Winery.

 

Any of the above themes seem spark a “don’t miss” in your book? Add them to your virtual planner where you can map out your entire Passport adventure in one place. You can find our virtual itinerary planner here.

To read more about Passport to Dry Creek Valley visit our events page!

There are still a few Prelude to Passport lunches and dinners left – don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to meet your favorite winemakers over a great meal! Learn more here.

Be sure to buy your tickets soon so you don’t miss out on this amazing event! Sunday-only tickets are almost sold-out. Click here to purchase tickets.


First Round of Winery Themes for Passport 2016

Passport to Dry Creek Valley – First Themes Revealed!

It’s Passport Season and about time to start revealing our wineries’ themes for this year’s event.

This year we’re starting in the most northern part of Dry Creek Valley and working our way down south. To download your map of this year’s participating wineries, click here!

Gustafson Family Vineyard

Go the extra mile to experience Gustafson Family Vineyards, set in the beautiful rolling hills above Lake Sonoma. Meet the Owner and Winemaker while enjoying our all-Estate wines, including Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, and Zinfandel. Enjoy five exquisite food pairings by Baci Restaurant, and visit the cellar for barrel tasting of our Estate Petite Sirah. Escape the busy valley and discover Sonoma’s best kept secret. This location opens early on Passport weekend (at 10:30a) to accommodate the extra distance.

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Fritz Underground Winery

Ye outlanders are in for a treat.  Follow the bagpipes to the highlands of Dry Creek Valley and Fritz Underground Winery. Hidden away in the hillside of our 112 acre estate is our unique subterranean facility. Join the lads and lassies of the winery clad in their finest tartan as you feast on potato cakes with smoked salmon and herbed creme  fraiche with our Estate Sauvignon Blanc and a hearty beef stew with our  bonnie Estate Zinfandel. Aye. Ye Ken ye don’t want to miss it.

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Sbragia Family Vineyards    

Ed Sbragia has always had one foot in Sonoma and one in Napa. After 32 years of making wine in Napa Valley, he returned home to Healdsburg to start a small family-owned winery located at the northern end of Dry Creek Valley with breathtaking 10 mile valley views. Ed makes limited, individual lots of wine from his favorite Sonoma and Napa vineyards. Join us down at the Sbragia Farm and celebrate Dry Creek Valley’s farming heritage with local farm to table cuisine, country western music, dancing and games!

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Cast Wines

Take in stunning views from our outdoor tasting terrace at one of Dry Creek’s newest wineries. Taste wines hand crafted by Mike Gulyash. We will be pouring our signature Sauvignon Blanc and Estate Grey Palm Zinfandel, followed by our robust 2013 Watson Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel. Pause for a moment in our relaxing setting, an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the day.

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Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery

Located at the north end of Dry Creek Valley, Ferrari-Carano is sure to be one of your favorite stops during Passport weekend! Wind your way through the cellars tasting our delicious wines paired with dishes especially chosen by Rhonda Carano. Visit the Wine Shop in the beautiful Italianate Villa Fiore, and stroll our breathtaking gardens with waterfalls, bridges and thousands of brilliant flowers.

Ferrari

 

Dutcher Crossing Winery

Schedule a stop at Dutcher Crossing Winery in your Passport itinerary! Don’t miss out on our award-winning wines thoughtfully paired with savory small bites to astound your palate. Experience the perfect blend of gorgeous wine country views and warm hospitality as you mingle with our Winemakers’ while tasting through our future offerings.

Dutcher Crossing

 

Trattore Farms (NEW)

Take in the beautiful panoramic views overlooking Dry Creek Valley at our newly opened winery and hospitality center. Relax on our outdoor patio while enjoying some popcorn and a variety of wood fired pizzas featuring our prestigious olive oils. Sip on our award winning Rhone style wines as well as our Zinfandel and Petite Sirah blends and take advantage of our special offers exclusively offered for Passport.

Trattore

 

David Coffaro Vineyard & Winery

Batter Up! Step up to the plate & help us knock it out of the park at our annual Wine & Food Festival, baseball style! Leading Off: Our brand-new creation, 2015 “Italiano”, a combination of five Italian grape varieties. On Deck: Premier Italian-themed stadium cuisine. In the Hole: A few other of our hearty, full-bodied reds. Come join in the fun – don’t be “caught looking.”

David Coffaro

 

Next post we reveal: Pedroncelli Winery, Talty Winery, Zichichi Family Vineyard, Chateau Diana, Truett Hurst Winery, Gopfrich Winery, Forchini Vineyards & Winery and Martorana Family Winery.

 

Any of the above themes seem spark a “don’t miss” in your book? Add them to your virtual planner where you can map out your entire Passport adventure in one place. You can find our virtual itinerary planner here.

 

To read more about Passport to Dry Creek Valley visit our events page!

There are still a few Prelude to Passport lunches and dinners left – don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to meet your favorite winemakers over a great meal! Learn more here.

Be sure to buy your tickets soon so you don’t miss out on this amazing event! Click here for tickets.


Dry Creek Valley on Tour – A Picture Perfect Event

Thank you, Los Angeles, for a great event!

The wine was flowing and the food pairings were perfect thanks to food partners: Bob Blumer, Baby Blues BBQ, One World Beef, Cowgirl Creamery and Hog Island Oysters. The event started on the Hog Island Oyster patio where southern California’s world famous weather perfectly complemented the sparkling, white wine and oyster pairings. Winemakers mingled with VIP guests, personally presenting their quintessential white wine for pairing with oysters.

Then, the VIP guests moved inside Lightbox at Smashbox Studios, where Dry Creek Valley icons highlighted their library vintages during the VIP hour, moderated by Dan Dunn. Legends such as Ed Sbragia and Julie Pedroncelli highlighted their library vintage and talked about their history farming in Dry Creek Valley. The food continued with passed trays of Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam cheese as well as Catfish Corndogs, Shrimp “on the Barbie,” Steak Au Poivre bites, and many additional tasty morsels from the combined minds of Bob Blumer and Baby Blues BBQ.  20+ wineries poured their signature varietals with a few surprise vintages for our guests. Partners Ian Blackburn and his WineLA team produced an amazing event that raised almost $5k for TJ Martell, an organization dedicated to funding innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS.

Take a peek at all the fun!

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Guests are welcomed with Steak Au Poivre bites

 

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Bob Blumer in the kitchen with Baby Blues BBQ head chef & One World Beef cooking up the amazing food for this event.

 

The outdoor patio was a perfect place to enjoy Sauvignon Blanc and Oysters.

The outdoor patio was a perfect place to enjoy Sauvignon Blanc and Oysters.

 

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Hog Island Oyster Co. wowed LA audiences with 1,000 fresh oysters to pair with our wineries’ Sauvignon Blanc, Sparkling Blanc de Blanc, and Viognier.

 

 

Bill Frick's wines are frickin' delicious!

Bill Frick’s highlighting his scrumptious Grenache Blanc.

 

Another Shrimp "on the Barbie" mate?

Another Shrimp “on the Barbie” mate?

 

Julie Pedroncelli shows off Pedroncelli's Sauvignon Blanc - perfect for a hot day!

Julie Pedroncelli shows off Pedroncelli’s Sauvignon Blanc – perfect for a hot day!

 

Our camera ready Silent Auction raised a generous amount towards the TJ Martell Foundation.

Our camera ready Silent Auction raised a generous amount towards the TJ Martell Foundation.

 

LA loved our friends at Comstock Wines, Dry Creek Valley's newest unmissable winery!

LA loved our friends at Comstock Wines, Dry Creek Valley’s newest unmissable winery!

 

Guests enjoy a local Bay Area Favorite - Cowgirl Creamery's Mt. Tam

Guests enjoy a local Bay Area Favorite – Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt. Tam

 

We can't get enough of Cast Wines epic Petite Sirah

We can’t get enough of Cast Wines epic Petite Sirah

 

Eco-chiq Box Water kept DCV on Tour guests hydrated between wine tastings

Eco-chic Boxed Water kept DCV on Tour guests hydrated between wine tastings

 

February in LA is a fine time for watermelon and grilled chicken, delicious with Dry Creek Valley's Rhone-style white wines and, of course, zinfandel

February in LA is a fine time for watermelon and grilled chicken, delicious with Dry Creek Valley’s Rhone-style white wines and, of course, Zinfandel

 

WineLA's Ian Blackburn toasts with Dry Creek legend Ed Sbragia

WineLA’s Ian Blackburn toasts with Dry Creek legend Ed Sbragia

 

Our friends at Dutcher Crossing welcomed a new family member...to their wine library: a large-format bottle of Dry Creek Valley Reserv Cabernet Sauvignon!

Our friends at Dutcher Crossing welcomed a new family member…to their wine library: a large-format bottle of Dry Creek Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon!

 

Our LA friends know how to party!

Our LA friends know how to party!

 

This made us hungry before we even knew what it was! Chef Bob Blumer and Baby Blues BBQ made pulled pork "snowcones" with wonton wrappers.

This made us hungry before we even knew what it was! Chef Bob Blumer and Baby Blues BBQ made pulled pork “snowcones” with wonton wrappers.

 

Cheers to making new friends in Los Angeles! We love bonding over food and wine. See you all again next year!

Cheers to making new friends in Los Angeles! We love bonding over food and wine. See you all again next year!


Our Valentine’s Date – We <3 Steelhead!

imagesJoin us on February 13th at the Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival

Rain or shine, the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley will be pouring your favorite wines at Lake Sonoma. Come celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with the Steelhead and their annual journey up the Creek.

The festival will be held from 10a to 4p at the Mill Brandt Visitors Center at Lake Sonoma. This family friend event will have food trucks, wine (that’s us!), beer (Bear Republic), live music, interactive exhibits, and of course, plenty of fish! Did we mention that admission is FREE?!

Learn more about the 8th Annual Steelhead Festival 

 

A big THANK YOU to the below wineries for their continued dedication in both the Dry Creek restoration process and for graciously donating wine to pour at this event. All proceeds made from wine purchases will be going back to the Friends of Lake Sonoma to help keep this event free and keep fish happy on their adventure up the creek.

Amista Vineyards, Comstock Wines, Dry Creek Vineyard, Ferrari-Carano, Martorana Family Winery, Quivira Vineyards & Winery, Sbragia Family Vineyards and Truett Hurst Winery.


When you come visit our tent, be sure to stop by the Sonoma County Water Agency’s table and learn more about their amazing restoration project and progress. Continue reading to learn a little bit more.


There’s plenty of fish in the sea Dry Creek, thanks to the Fish Habitat Restoration Project!

 

A six-mile habitat enhancement project is being conducted by the Sonoma County Water Agency in cooperation with wineries, private landowners, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in order to provide an enhanced habitat for endangered Coho salmon and threatened Steelhead and Chinook. The project will use boulders, root wads, and logs to create backwaters, side channels, and shady habitats for the young fish that live in Dry Creek during the summer.  The project is intended to restore Dry Creek to its original flow and restore the original ecosystem so that wildlife can thrive.

This project has been in the works since 2008 and is over half way complete! We’ve restored the first mile of Dry Creek, and in the coming years will restore an additional two miles of habitat. You can download a PDF of this timeline if you’re interested in more information.

Many of our wineries border Dry Creek and are an integral part of the initiative to create a friendlier habitat for migrating steelhead and chinook. The restoration process involves two steps – the first involves restoring the gravel beds that are the spawning grounds for salmon and steelhead and the second requires pulling back the steep creek banks and building natural retaining walls using rocks and willow trees.

dt.common.streams.StreamServerAmista Vineyards was one of the first on board with the SCWA’s restoration and have monitored the progress over the past year as the creek banks have been rebuilt at their property. Don Wallace of Dry Creek Vineyards states that, “the project makes good sense. It’s going to be good for our land values. But even more important, it’s good for the environment.” All natural materials are used to create a more stable stream bank and resting points for these fish on their adventures to Lake Sonoma. Martorana Family Wineries has been recognized for their efforts in restoring Dry Creek by The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies in 2014 with the Private Lands Fish and Wildlife Stewardship Award.

In 2010, The Department of Fish & Game worked closely with Quivirdt.common.streams.StreamServer (1)a in a restoration project that released 6,600 juvenile Coho Salmon into Wine Creek, which adjoins with Dry Creek at the winery. The Coho are equipped with a PIT tag antenna that can estimate efficiency and determine the number of migrating Coho and the number of adults returning to the creek. Read more about their other great conservation projects on their website. Quivira’s bio-dynamic friends at Truett-Hurst are no stranger to these efforts. Visit their winery and sit in their classic red Adirondack chairs by the creek with a glass of their Dragonfly Red Blend to appreciate what these efforts have all worked for.

Images pulled from The Press Democrat.