Brendan Aiello

Passport To Dry Creek – My Favorite Wine Tasting Event!

Good Morning Everyone!

For those of you who know me well, you may know that I am a bit of a wine snob  enthusiast. I’m often known for finding good deals on some of my favorite wines or being a go to guy when planning trips to Napa, Sonoma or Paso Robles.
Passport To Dry Creek Wine Event Logo
Last year I went to my first “Passport to Dry Creek” event. While many vineyard-plentiful regions hold this type of event I’m going to tell you why this is my favorite one. Dry Creek Valley is located primarily in Healdsburg, CA — Sonoma County. This is an area known primarily for its amazing Zinfandels. However, many wineries in the Dry Creek Valley also produce award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir.

I vowed I would never publicize this event because of how hard it normally is to obtain a ticket. Normally you have to know someone, be a highly active wine club member of a participating winery (all participating wineries are members of Winegrowers of the Dry Creek Valley) or be one of the limited few who acquires tickets through a raffle system. However, tickets don’t be seem as hard to come by this year, maybe because of the economy, or maybe because of the awesome new first come, first sever system that the winegrowers office set-up this year? Tickets run $120 for the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) or $70 for Sunday-only. Saturday is considered the best day to attend (and most crowded) but they do not offer a Saturday only ticket.

Want tickets for the event? (being held April 24th & 25th) Visit

My Favorite Stops/Wineries:

Zichichi – Love their Cabs., Zins., and there new limited production Sauvignon Blanc.

A. Raffanelli – Oh My Goodness Amazing Zin. and their Cab. is pretty good too. This winery limits the amount of wine you can buy from them (if it’s even available) so, that tells you something. They also have an amazing food spread – they fly William Hill Launch an iPad VersionIt was Onavo who uncovered the sterling work made by William Hill around the front following a 12 , 2012 study says 38% of British customers preferred the Hillsides site over it’s rivals (Paddy Energy 32%, Bet365 24%, Ladbrokes 9%, Betfair 7% and Betfred/SkyBet 6%). in a great chef all the way from Hawaii!

Sbragia – This winery features wines from most of their appellations (Dry Creek, Alexander, Napa and Sonoma valleys). My favorite was their bad-boy Napa Cab!

Ridge – A bit out of the way (compared to the others on Dry Creek, or West Dry Creek Roads), all the way up Lytton Springs, but totally worth heading out there– Ridge is predominantly known for their Monte Bello appellation in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Last year I really enjoyed a newly released Syrah and some yummy Paella… looking forward to what they have this year!

Brogan Cellars– is not a participating winery on the Passport event, but you should try their wines – Their Pinot Noir is awesome, and it’s what they’re really known for… I wonder why?? Maybe it’s because she is the daughter of Burt Williams formerly of Williams-Selyem.

If you’re thinking of, or planning on participating in Passport to Dry Creek this year; bring a designated drive or hire a limo…Drinking and driving is not worth it!

Want play-by-play happenings of the event? Follow me (@BrendanAiello) on twitter  or follow the Hashtag: #PassportDryCreekValley.  If you can’t follow, come back to for a follow-up post with reviews, pictures, and maybe even some video!

Want even more info? Check out the 2010 Passport To Dry Creek Valley Activity Brochure!


Be Sociable, Share!


62 Responses to “Passport To Dry Creek – My Favorite Wine Tasting Event!”

  1. Bradly@Types of UK Home Insurance Policy on April 19th, 2013 5:30 am

    Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an really long comment but
    after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.

    Anyways, just wanted to say wonderful blog!

  2. Joel@christopher on April 19th, 2013 6:01 am

    Hi! This is kind of off topic but I need some help from an established blog.
    Is it very hard to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I’m thinking about creating my own but I’m not sure where to begin. Do you have any tips or suggestions? Cheers

  3. on April 19th, 2013 10:24 am

    Nice post. I used to be checking continuously this weblog and I am impressed!
    Very useful information specifically the closing part :
    ) I deal with such info much. I was seeking this
    particular info for a very long time. Thank you and best of luck.

  4. Ruben@Osmosis spa coupon code on April 19th, 2013 10:57 am

    An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a coworker who has been doing a little research on this.

    And he in fact bought me breakfast because I stumbled upon it for him.
    .. lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!

    ! But yeah, thanx for spending the time to talk about this subject here on your site.

  5. Chasity@Tnt coupons on April 19th, 2013 10:58 am

    This is a topic which is near to my heart.
    .. Take care! Where are your contact details though?

  6. Monica@Monica on April 19th, 2013 10:20 pm

    Fantastic site. Lots of helpful info here. I am sending it to several friends ans also sharing in delicious.
    And of course, thank you for your sweat!

  7. Clark@ on April 20th, 2013 1:27 pm

    Hi there friends, pleasant post and nice urging commented here, I am in
    fact enjoying by these.

  8. Chasity@Chasity on April 20th, 2013 7:37 pm

    Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thanks, However I
    am going through issues with your RSS. I don’t understand why I cannot join it. Is there anybody getting similar RSS problems? Anybody who knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanx!!

  9. on April 20th, 2013 7:47 pm

    Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed!
    Extremely helpful info specifically the last part
    :) I care for such info much. I was looking for
    this certain info for a long time. Thank you and good luck.

  10. Roberta@Nobel Peace Prize on April 20th, 2013 8:12 pm

    However, his detention has not stopped Xiaobo from acting as an outspoken critic of Chinese authorities.
    “Let each one of us build bridges rather than barriers, openness rather than walls. Earlier today, the Norwegian Nobel Committee declared Liu Xiaobo the winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

  11. on April 20th, 2013 10:04 pm

    My brother suggested I may like this website. He was once totally right.
    This post truly made my day. You cann’t imagine simply how so much time I had spent for this info! Thanks!

  12. Aubrey@sell on April 21st, 2013 2:53 pm

    What i do not understood is in truth how you’re not actually much more smartly-favored than you might be right now. You are so intelligent. You recognize thus significantly in relation to this subject, made me personally imagine it from numerous varied angles. Its like women and men are not interested until it is something to accomplish with Woman gaga! Your individual stuffs outstanding. At all times take care of it up!