Each spring wine lovers flock to Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County California for Passport to Dry Creek Valley, a weekend packed full of live music and gourmet cuisine paired with the BEST wines California has to offer! Dry Creek Valley is MY FAVORITE region in Sonoma; you will find everything from bold zinfandels and beautiful fruit forward pinot noirs to buttery chardonnays and dry rosés. Over 45 wineries participate so there is something for everyone!
There are just a few things you need to know. Most importantly, stay safe and hire a driver as you will be drinking A TON. I always use Sonoma Sterling Limousines; their fleet of cars are so luxurious and their drivers are always so nice and incredibly knowledgable about the area and wineries. TIP: make sure to book your driver well before Passport because Sonoma Sterling Limousines gets booked up quickly!
Second, stay hydrated! Water is key to making it through the whole day. Third, make sure you eat enough food to avoid the dangerous mix of an empty stomach and too much wine. Eat a healthy breakfast and then enjoy the amazing food pairings at each winery.
I always start at Papapietro Perry (I’ve been a member of their wine club for 8 years). Their Pinot Noir and Zinfandels are AMAZING! It is really nice to begin here because there are a cluster of five really great wineries all right next to each other. Another favorite is Truett Hurst: they have an incredible outdoor garden to sit and relax in AND adirondack chairs you can lounge in by the river. As an added bonus, their wine is fabulous!
For the foodies in your group, stop by Mauritson Winery. Each year they partner with Charlie Palmer (the brilliant creator behind Dry Creek Kitchen located in Healdsburg) who serves the most incredible food pairings to compliment their delicious wine. Plus they have a great outdoor seating area to enjoy the food and wine.
We always end at Wilson Winery because they are open later than most wineries and it is a party with dancing and a dj!
Go to http://www.drycreekvalley.org to stay up to date for next years Passport to Dry Creek Valley!