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2020 Passport Themes: Pop Culture & Throwbacks

Recreate pop culture classics, this time with a beautiful Dry Creek Valley backdrop!  Jump into a world of your favorite throwbacks! Watch as the Dry Creek Valley is transformed into the sets of  movie classics and famous stages. Play your part buy dressing up to follow the themes or kick back and relax while enjoying the live bands. No time machine required just some valid ID.

Keep reading for themes from: Armida Winery, David Coffaro Vineyard & Winery, Mazzocco Sonoma Winery, Mill Creek Vineyards, Papapietro Perry Winery, Truett Hurst Winery, Wilson Winery

Don’t have your tickets yet – well what are you waiting for? Tickets are already over halfway sold-out with just 2-months left!

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“So I Said, What About Breakfast at Tiffany’s…” at Armida Winery

2201 Westside Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-2222

Breakfast at Tiffany’s! Audrey Hepburn, sunglasses,tiaras, pearls, diamonds, Moon River, Truman Capote, and New York City! Enjoy great Armida Zinfandels, and barrel sample with winemaker Brandon Lapides. Feast on Tomales Bay oysters and Willowside Meat Company barbeque. Kick up your heels with local favorite, The Pulsators!

Wines Available: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Red Blend, Barrel Tasting

Dietary Accommodations: Vegetarian and Gluten Free option(s) available 

“All You Need is Love…” at David Coffaro Vineyard & Winery

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

Peace, Love, and Passport! Come check out our bohemian hangout for hipsters, cool cats, and flower children. Converge at the corner of Haight-Ashbury and find yourself transported to a groovy time with retro food remakes like you’ve never seen before. “Turn on, tune in, drop out” with our theater sized concert screen playing the songs that defined the Summer of love experience.

Wines Available: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Red Blends, Barrel Tasting

Dietary Accommodations: Vegetarian option available 

“We are family…Get up everybody and sing…” at Mazzocco Sonoma

1400 Lytton Springs Road, Healdsburg / 800-501-846

The days of disco are back! Come get your funk on as Mazzocco Sonoma celebrates all things 1970’s. Take a trip down memory lane while enjoying our award-winning wines paired with a classic food from the decade. We’ll have live music so bring your dancing shoes and be ready to do the Hustle!

Buses, limos, and groups larger than 8 cannot be accommodated at this location 

Wines Available: Zinfandel, Barrel Tasting 

“Come fly with me, we’ll fly, we’ll fly away…” to Mill Creek Vineyards

1401 Westside Road, Healdsburg / 707-431-2121

Join Mill Creek for a flashback to the music and partying spirit of “The Rat Pack.” Live jazz and pop from their era will be flowing with the wine, while you enjoy your seated experience in the Waterwheel Lounge. All the while, you will feast on individual courses of exceptional wine, and harmonizing pairings, while you hobnob with the Krecks and our wonderful team. 

Buses cannot be accommodated at this location.

Wines Available: Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Rosé, Cabernet Sauvignon, Port

Dietary Accommodations: Vegetarian Option available

“One thing I can tell you is You got to be free. Come together, right now…” at Papapietro Perry Winery

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

Join us as we celebrate the 31st Anniversary of Passport to Dry Creek Valley! What are we celebrating? Well 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 and sipping wine that we’re just sure the Beatles would have loved! 

Wines Available: Pinot Noir, Zinfandel

“I get those goosebumps every time…” at Truett Hurst Winery

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

Escape to “Truchella” at Truett Hurst Winery and celebrate Spring on our Biodynamic estate in the heart of the Dry Creek Valley. Join us for a taste of the newest releases of our Southdown Zinfandel, Burning Man Petite Sirah, and Rose, paired with Sweet T’s brisket chili. Explore the gardens, stop to say hello to our farm animal friends, and sip wine by the creek to catch a glimpse of the salmon run, while you chill to the beats of DJ Chuy.

Buses cannot be accommodated at this location. For groups larger than 12 please contact Kelsey Miller at [email protected]

Wines Available: Rosé, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah

Dietary Accommodations: Vegetarian option available 

“I’m alright. Nobody worry ’bout me…” at Wilson Winery

1960 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg / 707-433-4355

What a Par-Tee! Dust off the clubs and tee off for a round at Wilson Winery. Join Clubhouse Director Diane Wilson in celebrating Passport weekend with live music and a wine & food pairing that is sure to be a hole-in-one. Dress in your favorite course attire and give us your best ‘Caddyshack’ impression while you sip, savor, and swing your way around the links! 

Buses and limos cannot be accommodated at this location.

Wines Available: Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah

Start planning your trip today with our Itinerary Planner!

Passport guests reading the booklet and planning their next stop

You’ll get a sneak peek of all our wineries’ Passport themes.

Plus you’ll be able to save, send and curate the perfect Passport weekend!




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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.

Eventbrite - Passport to Dry Creek Valley - 30th Anniversary


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Event Roundup for Valentine’s & Presidents’ Day Weekend

There are so many amazing things to do the next couple of weekends in Dry Creek Valley that we decided to round them up all in one easy place for you!

Whether you’re celebrating the love of your life or simply overjoyed to have a 3-day weekend, there’s something coming up for everyone at our beautiful wineries. Plus, the photo ops this time of year are some of our favorites. Make sure to tag your photos #drycreekvalley, for a chance to be featured on our social media channels!


Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival (Free Event for Families)

11am-4pm. Don Clausen Fish Hatchery/Milt Brandt Visitor Center, 3333 Skaggs Springs Rd, Geyserville

California’s largest celebration of the migration of Steelhead Trout! A great, family-friendly event for all ages. Enjoy food trucks, Bear Republic beer, wines from the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley, Arts and crafts projects for the kids, archery, live music – and even fishing for the kids. Snag a trout to take home for dinner! Educational tours of the Congressman Don Clause Fish Hatchery, wildlife and conservation exhibits, and more.

We’re pouring some incredible wines from: Amista Vineyards, Dry Creek Vineyard, Ferrari-Carano, Geyser Peak, Gustafson Family Vineyards, Kokomo Winery, Pedroncelli Winery, Peterson Winery, Quivira Vineyards and Truett Hurst.

More details here.

Valentines Day Barrel Tasting & Photo Op at Cast Wines

8500 Dry Creek Road Geyserville, CA

More details here.


Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Release at Comstock Wines

1290 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg

We are excited to announce the release of our first Vintage of Blanc de Blanc Sparking Wine. Reserve a Terrace Tasting, and enjoy some bubbles as part of your flight! Reservations recommended.

More details here.



Local’s Day at Amista Vineyards

11am-6pm. 3320 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 

Join us for our February Local’s Day Event! February isn’t all chocolate, roses and romance! There are still plenty of reasons to celebrate! Think of holidays like Tater Tot Day, Fat Tuesday and Drink Wine Day (our favorite holiday)! So bring your friends to Amista Vineyards and enjoy some bubbles and still wines and celebrate Drink Wine Day on February 15th.

As always, we’ll be pairing something tasty with one of our Amista wines. Come taste, re-stock your cellar after the holidays and enjoy spending time with friends! And, as always, enjoy Wine Club benefits for the day, which includes access to some of our Wine Club only wines.
Please let us know you’re coming!

RSVP to [email protected]


Sweetheart’s Lunch Table at Sbragia Family Vineyards

9990 Dry Creek Rd, Geyserville.

Treat your sweetheart to a special Valentine’s Day experience at the winery. Indulge in Estate Chef Heidi Finney’s four-course wine and food pairing menu to celebrate the special occasion. Taste love inspired dishes with a selection of our award-winning wines. We invite you to join us for an intimate lunch experience held in our Library Room, with limited seating. Taste our wines the way they are intended- with food and loved ones.
Please allow 90 minutes for the experience. Offering two seatings, 11 am, and 2 pm.  $140 per couple / Wine Club $120 per couple.

More details here.

Rosé Release & Hog Island Oysters at Papapietro Perry

4971 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg.

2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Hog Island Oysters & Your Sweetheart. What a way to spend the holiday weekend! Join us as we celebrate the release of our popular always-sells-out Rosé of Pinot Noir. Pair the Rosé with oysters from the world-famous Hog Island Oyster Company. They will be here from 11:00 to 4:00 selling their fresh and grilled oysters, yum, yum! Wine by the glass and bottle available – $8.00 / $32.00 (Other wines available also) Come rain or shine – we’ll be outside if the weather cooperates or in the cellar where it is warm and cozy if it rains. This event is from 11:00 – 4:00. Reservations requested, but not required.

More details here.

Romantic Dinner at Michel Schlumberger

4155 Wine Creek Road, Healdsburg .

Leave the details to us and impress your loved one with a beautiful evening at our romantic Estate! Your night will begin with delicious hors-d’oeuvres and Sparkling wine reception, followed by an exquisite three-course wine dinner in our transformed barrel room. Catered by Laurence Hauben of Market Forays.

More details here.



Wine Lovers Event & Pick-Up Party at Mounts

3901 Wine Creek Rd, Healdsburg

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate…..a divine love affair dating back thousands of years! Join us as we indulge in creative and delicious pairings! 
Our winter wine club package will be featured and can be picked up by members. Two complimentary passes for members, member guest price is $15 per person. Ticket price: $25 per person (non-member) RSVP is required to attend event. Email us at [email protected] to reserve your spot!

More details here.

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:


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



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



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



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



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



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



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



Flamenco at Mazzocco – what a combination!



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



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



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



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!



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!



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!



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.



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.



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!



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!



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.”



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!


Geyser peak correct


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!



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!


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.

Michel Schlumberger


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!


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.



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.

A Rafanelli


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!



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!



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.



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.




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


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.

Peterson Winery  

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.



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.



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.



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!



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!




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!



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.



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.

F. Teldeschi


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!



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!



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.



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!

Chateau Diana


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.

Truett Hurst


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!



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!



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.



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.