There comes a weekend every April that I longingly look forward to. A weekend like no other in Sonoma County. I hope for nice weather, happy to have a driver and spend time with good friends as we clink our glasses through Passport Weekend in Dry Creek Valley.
Beginning our journey at 10 a.m., we head out to our first destination and to meet the rest of our group.
Selby Winery. Where we check in, pick up our passports and begin a full day of tasting delicious wines, paired with fantastic bites.
Selby always does it right with their Mardi Gras themed party. Alligator Stew, baby cake, Mardi Gras girls, beads, music, magicians and fortune tellers....just about everything Mardi Gras. We were well on our way to a fun and tasty day.
Another favorite on the list of approximately 50 wineries is Mauritson Family Winery. As the saying goes, "Know Your Farmer"....well we are friends with the grape growers for this winery and loved their Rockpile Zinfandel.
Chef Charlie Palmer cooked up some mighty fine cuisine...I could have eaten the shaved beef atop a parmesan crisp all day.
Here's most of our group with wine maker, Clay Mauritson and chef, Charlie Palmer.
Onward we go.
More wine. More food. This is the largest vat of paiaya I have ever seen.
It's a good thing they stamp your passport at every winery because by the end of the day, they all sort of get blended together in my memory bank.
Until next year....