Sonoma, CA: Dry Creek Valley Passport Event
A couple of weekends ago we went up to Sonoma with some friends for the Dry Creek Valley Passport (#DCVpassport) event. It's a three-day affair but we just partook in the Sunday festivities. We mapped out our itinerary and visited the below wineries:
Blanchard Family Wines
Blanchard Family Wines has a tasting room near downtown Healdsburg and has a variety of wines. When we did our tasting, I was a fan of their 2015 Grenache. For #DCVpassport, they had a Beatles cover band perform. Apparently they regularly let you draw on their barrels with chalk. It was the first time my husband and I were back in Sonoma since we got married, so I felt compelled to take advantage and leave our mark!
Amista Winery, known for their sparkling wines, had a "Great Gatsby" theme which got me very excited! The staff was all dressed up and greeted us at the entry. They had a cute outdoor area with some gorgeous views making for some scenic backdrops for photos.
Dutcher Crossing had the best of everything - a beautiful outdoor area with food stations (and they really went all out on food!), barrel tastings, and music. We probably spent the most time there and walked away with 6 bottles of their 2016 Winemakers' Cellar Grenache Rosé, 3 of their 2015 Proprietor's Reserve Zinfandel, and a 2009 Port. It helped that our friends are members there.
Papapietro Perry Winery
Papapietro Perry’s tasting room had a New Orleans-Jazz theme. We generally like Papapietro Perry for their pinot noirs. There are a number of other tasting rooms in the surrounding park so we hopped around from one to the other for a little bit.
Trattore Farms had amazing views and a great patio to enjoy them from with patio furniture and fire pits (great for those winter visits!). They are also known for producing olive oils. We didn't get to try any this time but it would be fun to go back and try!
We ended the day with dinner at Campo Fina in Healdsburg. We considered doing our rehearsal dinner there until we decided on Lococo instead. Campo Fina has a cute back patio and a bocce court that you'd never know was there when you first walk in. They have delicious wood-fired pizza and you can play bocce while you wait. Little do people know that I was in a bocce league when I lived in DC.
Hope this gives you a few ideas of places to visit while in Sonoma!