Nothing could be finer than to be on the Sonoma wine trails for a warm, sunny weekend in the Russian River Valley, Dry Creek or Alexander Valley! The annual Winter Wineland event, held January 18-19, 2014, treated wine aficionados to new releases, barrel tastings and food pairings at over 130 wineries and tasting rooms. Each winery celebrated the the Winter Wineland theme with festivities and elaborate wintery decor.
The biggest decision for me was where to start! Being a huge Pinot Noir lover, I chose to concentrate my wine tasting primarily in the Russian River Valley, but did venture out to Dry Creek late on Sunday afternoon. The weather was perfect ~ mid-70’s, sunny and dry. So dry, in fact that the creeks were non-existent and the fields were dusty and in dire need of a rain shower; talk filled the air about what the drought meant for future vintages.
Surprisingly though, the crowds were small and fairly spread out–no buses or wild parties of 20-something-year-olds to ruin the day. Children were not allowed, nor were there many dogs which made for a pleasant tasting experience all the way around. [Read more…]