This one is for you, wine lovers! You can sample wines from the barrel, talk to winemakers and explore the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys during the 36th Annual Barrel Tasting at the Wine Road. It’s not a food pairing or even a themed event. It is truly all about the wine!
The Barrel Tasting event will run for two full weekends, from February 28th through March 2nd and from March 7th through the 9th. Each day you can visit between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The list of wineries is long, but we wanted to share a few of the participants. During the 36th Annual Barrel Tasting, you sample wine from ACORN Winery/Alegria Vineyards, The Meeker Vineyard, Merriam Vineyards, Alexander Valley Vineyards, Mill Creek Vineyards, Moshin Vineyards, Mounts Family Winery, Balletto Vineyards, Armida Winery, Bella Vineyards, Optima Winery, Paradise Ridge Winery, Benovia Winery, Coffaro, David Vineyard, Davis Family Vineyards, Pech Merle Winery, De La Montanya Winery, Pezzi King, DeLoach Vineyards, Portalupi Wine, DeLorimier Winery, Desmond Wines, Porter Creek Vineyards, Premonition Cellars, Dom Whitney Wines, Quivira Vineyards, Field Stone Winery, Forchini Vineyards, Ramazzotti Wines, Roadhouse Winery, Robert Rue Vineyard, Fritz Underground Winery. And these are just a few! View the full list of more than 100 wineries here.
Many of the participating wineries will be offering “futures” on their barrel samples. You’ll be able to purchase the wine on site and then come back to the winery when the wine is bottled, which is usually in about 12 to 18 months. Buying futures is often the only chance to purchase them because many wines are so limited.
So if you’re ready to get in on the Barrel Tasting action, here are the details. You’re encouraged to pack a picnic for the event and advance tickets are on sale now. From February 1-24, prices are set at $40 per weekend, plus a service charge and sales tax. Advance ticket sales will end on February 24th at 9 p.m. If you choose to purchase at the door, weekend tickets are $50, $40 for Sunday only, and $5 for designated drivers. Just remember, that ticket does not include any wine tasting at all. Regular ticket pricing includes the opportunity to sample wine from the barrel and in most cases also the chance to try a limited number of current release wines. Wine Road is an hour away from the Golden Gate. While you now have ideas for things to do, let us help you find a place to rest your head! We want you to experience the Select Registry difference. The most distinct difference between a Select Registry member inn and any other is the system of quality assurance. We don’t rank our members with diamonds or stars because members of Select Registry are the cream of the crop!
We have a few members we’d love for you to check out and consider staying with during your visit to the Wine Road. The Inn at Occidental was named a "hidden treasure" by Wine Spectator, and the innkeepers will assist you on a private tour of a local winery. Milliken Creek Inn & Spa is located in Napa, California. It’s tucked away on three idyllic acres overlooking the Napa River, truly a place unlike any other. Another option is The Honor Mansion, a Wine Country Resort. It is the only AAA 4-Diamond property in Healdsburg, the heart of Wine Country. And last but not least is the Applewood Inn Restaurant and Spa in Guerneville, California. This inn is an enclave for romance in Sonoma County.
If you’d like to learn more about the Select Registry, don’t hesitate to contact us!
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