Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Dry Creek Valley Passport Weekend – a sold-out success

The Dry Creek Valley Passport Weekend, held this past weekend April 28-29, was another sold out success drawing visitors from California, the U.S. and the world to share in the hospitality of the Dry Creek Valley winemakers.  This Passport is one of the best with winemakers going all out to welcome visitors with great food, entertainment, barrel tasting and fun.

Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves definitely set the standard with a “Once upon a vine…” theme.  Fairies in the courtyard entertained while visitors to this enchanted land sample the new 2011 Ten Acre Rose of Pinot Noir and the 2008 Ten Acre Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.  After you fill your glass with the 2010 Maple Vineyards Zinfandel you will enter the cool wine caves checking out the wicked stepmother before encountering a harpist playing enchanting tunes echoing through the caves as you spot the giant’s huge storybook.  Stroll down to the mad hatter’s tea party while sampling the 2009 Lily Hill Estate Zinfandel.  Bella Winery really knows how to get with the program with great wines and great entertainment.

West Wines just opened their new tasting room this year and it was their first time in Passport.  Here you were taken back to the 70’s with tie-died t-shirts, long hair and bellbottoms while listening to 70’s pop songs from The City Lights.  The friendly owners, winemaker and staff were there to welcome you with their delicious 2009 Viognier, 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve and Chardonnay.

Dry Creek Vineyard gave an “Ahoy Matey!” as you sailed off to an adventure of fine wine and food while listening to The Seadogs singing a variety of Sea Shanties.  They paired up the 2011 Dry Chenin Blanc with a tangy shrimp cocktail, the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc with clam chowder and their 2007 Soleil with a delicious vanilla mango pudding.

Over 50 wineries were participating in this largest Dry Creek Valley Passport Weekend ever.  This is a great wine country with many small boutique wineries tucked in the surrounding hillsides and along the valley.  A few of these wineries are only open by appointment only except during Passport Weekend.  One visitor stated that she came to Passport Weekend ever year for the past five years and it is definitely one she and her friends will not miss.  The winemakers were there at every winery to welcome the visitors and share their wine and hospitality.

For more information:  Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley

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