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.
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 www.wdcv.com.
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 mobile.the-best-casinos-online.info 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 TeamTapper.com 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!