What is a “Wine Road” one might ask … & where can I get on?
The Wine Road: A treasure map to the many jewels nestled among the hills and valleys of a region where fresh air, fine wine and exquisite cuisine await those who traverse it.
Get your glass ready.
Celebrating it’s Ruby Anniversary at 40 years in 2016… Sonoma County’s Real Wine Road is an association of wineries and lodgings in the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys of Northern Sonoma County.
From its modest beginning as an organization of nine wineries, it has grown into a spirited constellation of 197 wineries and 54 lodgings.
A wine for all tastes.
On February 24, 2016, The Wine Road will be hosting a LIVE Conversation on Twitter using hashtag #SonomaChat from 5-6pmPST @SonomaChat & @TheWineRoad.
Join the conversation LIVE or ask questions of the organization early and get answers to your questions.
We will be chatting about The Wine Road’s upcoming event Magical Mystery Tours in June of 2016.
The #SonomaChat crew was honored to find ourselves on our own Magical Mystery Tour this past week to experience what the event has to offer…
Follow the LIVE Chat HERE.
WHAT is a Magical Mystery Tour in Wine Country?
THE WINE ROAD – SONOMA COUNTY
Pick a valley to explore or set out about town to discover a more urban winery.
- Get picked up at the Healdsburg City Hall parking lot, whisked away in beautifully appointed buses from Pure Luxury for a day of magical wine and food pairings. —- Each tour will visit five wineries, only 40 people per tour.
- The Mystery ~ is where you will be stopping! Just sit back, relax and enjoy
- The Magic ~ is the wines you will be enjoying throughout the day.
- Select from Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River or Urban Wine
- Entertaining captain on each ship (bus) to keep you energized between stops AND some fabulous goodie bags for you to take home at the end of the day.
- This event is for those 21 and over, no children or babies. Dogs are not allowed on this bus tour.
Recently, the #SonomaChat crew had the pleasure of experiencing what it would be like to go on a tour… Cork & Fork in Hand.
THE #SONOMACHAT MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR ~
Reserve Sparkling Wine & Cheese Pairing with the Winemaker: Celebrate the best of wine country living! Join in a toast with newly released Sparkling Blanc de Blanc followed by a tasting of reserve wines specially paired with local artisan cheeses. Learn the secrets behind the making of these wines from your host, Winemaker Ashley Herzberg. Discover a bounty of flavors – Amista’s hand crafted, single vineyard wines specially paired with local artisan cheeses. Relax in the warm tasting lounge and experience wine country living at its finest.
Food & Wine Pairing In The Caves with The Winemaker: Enjoy tasting wine in the cave among the barrels with food pairings created right on premises in the Simoncini kitchen. Chef de Cuisine pairs five wines with five courses of family recipes. Enter the Cave for a tour of a working underground winery while you sip from a Champagne flute, vintage Pinot Rouge Sparkling wine from the Russian River Valley, and taste the Chef’s surprise of the day. You are then seated in the cave where each course is china and linen service.
An Estate Vineyard Tour with Picnic Lunch & Wine Tasting: A tour and tasting of the estate as the winery shares their wine making philosophy and style. This is truly a “Grape to Glass” experience. Spend time on the observation deck or another unique location as the knowledgeable crew brings to the table sips of Estate wines and an antipasti platter of cured meats, artisan cheeses, marinated olives, Jimtown Spicy pepper jam and house made baguette crostini. The ingredients for a “Quintessential Alexander Valley” experience.
Barrel Tasting Samples, Small Bites & Blending Lessons: The family makes wines from small lots from carefully selected California grapes. Colagrossi wines is a micro-winery located in the heart of the Sonoma County Wine Country. It is available for tastings by appointment only where guests can experience barrel tastings, current wine releases and small bites all in a relaxed atmosphere in an urban winery setting.
Current Release Wine Tasting & Vineyard Education: Experience a sit down expert led wine tasting of several of the current Benovia release wines. The tasting room is available by appointment only. Learn more about fruit sourced from estate vineyards in Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, and Sonoma Coast with grower partners in Sonoma Mountain & Ft. Ross-Seaview during this guided tasting.
HEALDSBURG VINO TOURS
Our Driver for the Day, Aaron Costa
Luxury Wine Country Transportation for the Day: Healdsburg Vino Tours is here to help you explore the wide variety of wineries in Sonoma County while riding in style and luxury. There are hundreds of wineries spread out over 2,000 square miles, therefore making it a necessity to have a tour guide with you to navigate through the valleys from winery to winery. Have a Certified Tourism Ambassador to lead the way.
The Organization who put it all together…
Wine Road – Northern Sonoma County: is an association of 200 wineries and 50+ lodgings throughout the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys. Join us for our annual events, Winter WINEland every January, Barrel Tasting in March and A Wine & Food Affair every November. At each event, Wine Road wineries open their tasting rooms to share their favorite recipes paired with the perfect wine, winter decor and special winter wine sales or barrel samples and the opportunity to purchase futures. Spend these special event weekends tasting and sipping along the Wine Road.