By Emma Krasov, photography by Yuri Krasov
You don’t really need a passport to explore California Wine Country, but you have to get to
to fully enjoy it – preferably on a Passport weekend, that’s been happening every Spring since 1990. Dry Creek Valley
This year, Passport to Dry Creek Valley® brought about an unprecedented bounty of wine, food, music, and even – as if specially ordered for the event – sunshine.
Sold out to the more than 5,000 wine and gourmet food enthusiasts, the festivities spread to the 50 wineries of
within the Healdsburg-Geyserville-Cloverdale triangular. Sonoma County
Each winery featured a special theme, and some very special chef’s creations to pair with the sought-after wines.
Amista Vineyards chardonnay was complimented by artichoke aioli on grilled crostini by Chef John Franchetti of Rosso, and the famous Amista syrah paired nicely with lemon-parsley lamb garnished with red pepper potatoes.
Ridge Lytton-Springs Winery teamed up with Feast catering to create a scrumptious mini-feast of Zinfandel and lamb osso bucco with a side of mascarpone polenta.
At Mazzocco Sonoma, the guests were treated to an exciting pairing of limited production zins with spicy beet salad and Neapolitan-style pizzas coming straight from a Tuscan wood-burning oven.
Mauritson Family Winery created its own gourmet adventure with food and wine samplings from fish course to dessert. Winemaker Clay Mauritson’s single-vineyard wines were lavishly complimented by Chef Charlie Palmer’s crab cakes and beef brisket sliders. Rose verjus sorbet in an ice-cream cone was fittingly paired with 2011 Mauritson Rockpile rose.
Surrounded by a beautiful oak grove, Canadian-themed Kachina Vineyards had full-uniformed Mounties and horses on premises, and paired its excellent cab with elk/boar sliders, each equipped with a maple-leaf mini-flag.
Forchini Vineyards and Winery poured its estate reds – Papa Nonno Tuscan Red, Dry Creek Zinfandel, and BeauSierra to be consumed with mushroom and spinach crepe lasagna and double chocolate cake.
is a brainchild of the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley – an association of more than 60 wineries and 150 winegrape growers of the region. Dry Creek Valley is known for its signature varietal, Zinfandel, family-owned wineries, and the beauty of the valley. For more information, visit www.wdcv.com; www.amistavineyards.com; www.ridgewine.com; www.mazzocco.com; www.mauritsonwines.com; www.kachinavineyards.com; www.forchini.com; www.bellawinery.com. Dry Creek Valley