One of the best of the many passports to wine country starts today outside the small, charming town of Healdsburg. The Passport to Dry Creek Valley begins in earnest today, with BBQ, sculpture gardens, bocce ball, tight ropewalkers, music, and of course barrel samples, and newly released wines. Set in the steep-sided valley west of the village of Healdsburg, the wineries of the Dry Creek Valley are generally not as big or as famous as their cousins in Napa, but that's part of their charm. Vist today or tomorrow and you'll find that nearly every winery features live entertainment—belly dancers to blues, jazz or 50s rock and roll—and fabulous food.
Participating winery locales are dotted throughout the Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County (get a complete winery list at http://www.wdcv.com.)
I'll be going tomorrow. Stay tuned for my full report.
DETAILS: Passport to Dry Creek Valley™—A First Class Journey activities begin at 11am, lasting until 4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday, April 24 & 25, 2010. Tickets for the two-day event cost $120; for Sunday only, $70. For more, click here. For info on where to stay, dine, click over to the Sonoma County Tourism website.