Wine Club Appreciation weekend along Route 116 near Santa Rosa is a great time to get reacquainted with an amazing group of boutique wineries. A recent sunny Sunday found us with our commemorative wine glasses in hand and club medallions around our neck. Our next winery to savor: Dutton Estate Winery.
Wine Club Appreciation Weekend is a big deal along California Route 116 in the Russian River AVA near Santa Rosa, California. The concept is simple: any member of a participating winery receives, for this one weekend, membership privileges at ALL participating wineries. An incredible way to learn about new wineries! Step one: check in at your club winery. For us that meant another fun visit to Balletto Vineyards.
Many of the wineries in the Russian River area along Route 116 reward their wine club members in a wonderful and inclusive way. Their Wine Club Appreciation Weekend extends club priveledges from any participating winery to ALL other participating wineries. What an amazing event!
The coming of fall brings many things. One of our favorite fall things is the Korbel fall champagne club release. Cool weather, autumn foliage, and the prospect of a case of Korbel’s latest. A great way to say goodbye to summer!
Maya Angelou said “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” Rare is the charitable event that causes more cheerful giving than a wine tasting event. The recent Pinot on the River event raised both money and spirits.
Good wines, good people, good times… all benefiting a very good cause. That’s just around the corner with a fun “Pinot on the River” charity event on Sunday, October 23, 2016. As autumn comes to the Russian River, an amazing fundraiser will bring together area winemakers in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County. […]
It was pouring rain in Santa Rosa! That may have kept the amateur wine tasters away, but our tasting tour was in full swing. Our next stop? The picturesque tasting room for the Hanna Winery.
The Hook & Ladder Winery has been on our “must taste” list for several years, but a series of events have conspired to keep us away. We recently braved the savage (for California) rains to visit their tasting room. Not even pouring rain could dampen our enthusiasm!
We love visiting small wineries! Sometimes these small wineries come with big reputations. That was certainly the case when we visited Carol Shelton’s winery. She is widely regarded as the most awarded winemaker in the United States. A few tastes later we understood.
Sometimes the name says it all: vineyards, restaurant and farm. Located in the Russian River area, this remarkable winery is simply called Russian River Vineyards, Restaurant and Farm. Our Taste Route 116 tour took us to RRV and all the elements came together beautifully!
Exploring new wineries is one of our great joys. A full day of visiting previously undiscovered wineries was before us on this gorgeous autumn day in the Russian River area. We were “Tasting Route 116” and our next stop was Graton Ridge Cellars!