This is my first blog entry ever so keep that in mind. Passport April 2013 was in Dry Creek Valley in Northern California. This was our second time going to this event and will probably be an annual occurrence for us. That weekend they open around 50 wineries and you pay about $120 for a 2 day pass that gets you into any of the open wineries. Each winery hosts tasting of their wines paired with food. Usually each winery has a theme and some have music. The Dry Creek area is beautiful and a great place and event to meet up with a group of friends which is exactly what we did.
Most of us showed up the Thursday before Passport. Some flew in and rented a car and drove up about an hour and a half from the Oakland airport. Art and I made it a week long trip and drove up the coast from Las Vegas. gorgeous trip by the way. We went to a couple of winery's on Thursday but most were in downtown Healdsburg.
The rest of the group showed up later in their rented red convertible.
That night we ate in downtown Healdsburg at the Bear Republic. Then back to the hotel for a little dip in the pool and then to bed.
Next morning we all met in downtown Healdsburg for breakfast at Cousteau's.It is a must on the list of to do's. They somehow figured out how to seat our big party and the eating and first drinks of the day began! There is a general store called Big John's market where you can get all the supplies necessary for a picnic lunch. They have an array of homemade sandwiches, a salad bar and multiple desserts.
We hit a few wineries after that and met at Lambert's Bridge for a picnic lunch. This winery in my opinion is the most beautiful of all we saw.
We went to one winery that had bocce ball. Steve and Amish won against Manny and myself.
Another winery and their wine dogs . They have a cave in which they keep their barrels of wine.
A picture of the beautiful country side.
End of Day 2. Tomorrow Passport begins. How many wineries can we hit in 2 days?
So here we are at day one of Passport. How many wineries can we get to in two days? The bus came to pick all 15 of us up so no one had to drive which is a really good thing. We started out at Petersons winery to get our badge and wine glass. This is a great place to start cause there are 5 wineries here. Passport starts at 11 am. So off we go. Each winery lets you taste quite a few of their wines and then there are wonderful food pairings to go with. No point in eating before you go cause there is plenty. We had all different foods including oysters, brick oven pizzas, tacos, corn bread on a stick, etc.
Another group shot atop a hill.
Here we are on our party bus!