Hey check it out! A new and different kind of wine event is hitting the airwaves this weekend in Sonoma Valley. Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 2011 Sonoma Valley Reserve will host the newly coined Reserve (which replaced Passport to Sonoma Valley) with a series of themed daytrips that will showcase rare offerings and hidden gems of Sonoma Valley wine destinations, many of which are seldom open to the public. “Our vintners have teamed up to create an upscale event that provides a passport to Sonoma Valley,” said Maureen Cottingham, Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance Executive Director, “It would otherwise be impossible for people to visit many of the stops on the daytrips.” The motor coaches seat only thirteen to twenty-four people per vehicle, so the groups are small. Sixty-one wineries are participating in the event featuring the twenty-three unique tours. Examples of some of the tours include: Meet the Winery Rock Star Tour – Behind every benchmark Sonoma Valley winery, there’s a leader whose vision helped create its worldwide reputation. On this tour, participants will meet some of Sonoma Valley’s most charismatic and creative personalities, and taste the wines for which they’ve gained global acclaim. Bridal Tour – Seeking the perfect Sonoma Valley spot for your wedding day? From panoramic views to vineyard vistas, this tour will help find the wedding location of a lifetime. All Access Tour – An exclusive opportunity to gain access to wine destinations rarely open to the public and others that are accessible by appointment only. This tour provides the chance to find those wineries known only by the most experienced Sonoma alley isitors. Food and Wine Pairing Tour – Embark upon a tasting tour unlike any other. Wineries will reveal the complex and magical art of pairing wine with food. Palates will be thrilled with perfect pairings created from the fresh and abundant local foods of Sonoma Valley. I’m personally looking forward to the awesome food that will be paired with the Cannihan 06 & 07 Pinot Noir and Syrah, by gelato fiend and sometimes chef Jason Mancebo. Sip now and sip often! Participating wineries include Sonoma faves Loxton, Kaz, and Gundlach Bundschu to name a few. Each winery tour takes you to 4 uniquely themed destinations, including lunch. You could tour some of the small family wineries, or perhaps focus on zin. You decide! Tickets for Sonoma Valley Reserve are extremely limited and on sale now at $85 for one day or $135 for two days. Sonoma Valley Reserve ticketholders can opt for the $30 round trip transportaiton from Sonoma, Mill Valley orSan Francisco. which frees you up to do the drinking. I’ll see you up there at Cannihan!