It’s that time of year again – warm sunny days, cool rose, and wine events galore. One of the best events in Dry Creek is Passport, which takes place April 26-27 in Dry Creek Valley, part of the Sonoma County region.
This year, the region celebrates 25 years of Passport to Dry Creek, where 50 wineries open thier doors and welcome wine lovers.
Saturday and Sunday, special vineyard tours are offered to give visitors an insider peek at the grape to glass experience. This year, you can choose from Pasternick, specializing in Rhone style wines, Grey Palm Vineyard, who is home to the newest member winery – Cast Wines, or on Sunday, head over to Palindrome Vineyard where you can dig in the red bench soils, or – finally – Hawley Winery high up on Brandford Mountain. These tours are a once in a lifetime opportunity to get a deep dive in to a particular area of Dry Creek, and worth the price of admission alone!
I love the themes, the music, and the fun atmosphere of this event. I also love that there are many wineries that are not open to the public, and this is my best chance to taste the wines and visit the properties.
Check out some of my favorite wineries along Dry Creek Valley:
- Frick is serving up Rhone style wines in a quiet secluded spot with gorgeous views
- Kokomo Winery – with so many options, it’s hard to choose which is my favorite wine, but the pinot and the grenache rose are very special. Take a taste of some fusion cuisine, and enjoy the new age bluegrass band
- UNTI – always amazing, will be shucking oysters to pair with thier rose, as well as food from local fave Spinster Sisters, all to the tunes of the Healdsburg High School band
- Ridge Lytton Springs will have southern confort food to go with their stunning zinfandels and rhone blends
- Mounts Family Winery is a hidden gem on the west side, with a circus theme of magical elixirs to quench your thirst
With over 50 wineries participating, and musical, food, and winery experiences, why not spend the weekend in Dry Creek Valley! Sunday only tickets are sold out but you can book your full weekend pass for $120 now Many of these wineries are not open to the public on a regular basis, so this is your to check them out!
I plan on visiting my favorites, but also a few new stops along the way. I’ll be sure to report back after the event with some top stops along the wine road.
My passport is stamped and I’m ready to go!
My visit was provided by the Winegrowers of Dry Creek, but my picks and thougts are my own. Follow along on Twitter for updates during the weekend at #DCVPassport and be sure to follow @DryCreekValley and @luscious_lushes on twitter!