Celebrate Spring this Weekend at 'April in Carneros'! And (of course) a ticket contest! (2 pairs)

Its a glorious time in Wine Country this time of year (well heck all year) but the warm weather has brought on bud break – that glorious time when grapevines awaken and begin their annual journey of growing wine.I can hardly get wine reviews or other stories written with so much going on!

The last few weekends have been here in North Sonoma Wine Road country, time to venture out a bit to an event and a region I always enjoy – Carneros. Carneros is one of Sonoma’s county’s 12 AVAs and unique in that is is both in Napa and Sonoma.

What is April in Carneros?

Twice a year the Carneros wineries hold a gala where they open their doors, bottles and hearts for 2 days of fun wine, food, entertainment and smiles. Wineries range from the Spanish sparkling house Gloria Ferrer, to the dynamic Ceja Family, Rhone pioneers like Cline, to small grower winemakers like Parmalee Hill. (You had me at Grenache Blanc – yes thats a white wine.)

Twenty wineries will be participating including:

Adastra, Anaba Wines, Bonneau Wines, Ceja Vineyards, Cline Cellars, Enkidu Wine, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Homewood Winery, Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, Keating Wines, Larson Family Winery, McKenzie-Mueller Vineyards & Winery, Meadowcroft Wines, Michael Mondavi Family Winery, Parmelee Hill Wines, Richardson Vineyards, Robledo Family Winery , Schug Carneros Estate, Talisman Wines, Tin Barn Vineyards, Ty Caton Vineyards.

Plan Your Weekend!

If you love wine and food, for $35 for one day ($40 at the door) this is the entertainment value of the season, for two its a steal. Even if you can make it both days, you’ll need to plan your day and route. They make it easy with a 4 page Event guide (click here) and a participant map (click here.) Pick a theme – maybe its a food one. (Yucatan catering at Anaba, and Ceja amazing Mexican pairings.) Or make it a Pinot focused morning and a Rhone (Cline, Anaba, Parmalee Hill) afternoon. Hunt out new Zin releases. You’ll find your weekend more enjoying and with a sense of accomplishment. And go for quality stops and experiences instead of a race to see how many you can visit, and chug in one day!

The guide is well done and detailed, do take the time to read it, print out the map, and sketch out your route. Save $5 and buy your tickets online here.

Win Tickets! Two Pairs Being Given Away, Enter Both Ways.

Read carefully – TWO ways to win and yes you can enter both ways!

(1) Post in comments:caner

Have you visited Carneros before? Tell us your favorite participating winery and why.


If you have never visited any, which would be your top choice to visit, and wine(s) to try.

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Winners will be drawn this Thursday night–  get on it! And don’t forget to take advantage of specials to stock up, buy local, and support your local small artisans! The weather looks to be great load up the cooler to keep your purchases safe and throw a few bottles of water in as well!

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9 Responses to “Celebrate Spring this Weekend at 'April in Carneros'! And (of course) a ticket contest! (2 pairs)”

  • Laura Coy:

    I have driven through Carneros for years (on my way to work in Napa or out to the central valley), but have never stopped to “smell the roses” or drink the wines! I am familiar with many of these wineries but have not had the chance to imbibe in their tastes. (I feel ashamed to say that given my love of wine and ability to visit them anytime I want!)

    I love Gloria Ferrer and bubbles are the best so that would definately be a place I would look forward to….but also Ceja and the history it has in developing this area as a wine region. Its such a beautiful area and I could pick up an incredible sandwich from the Carneros deli to top off the day!

  • Nikkol Baldwin:

    I have, believe it or not, NEVER tasted in the Carneros area! I’ve passed through and have drooled quite a bit, but have never made it into any of those fab and well-known wineries, mainly due to my affection for the Healdsburg and Geyserville area! In particular, Gloria Ferrer and Ceja interest me, but Cline’s been calling my name for some time now. Also, a few years back I met a member of the Robledo family who gave me a bottle of Cab that was divine (so divine that I can’t remember that night very well!), so those are my top FOUR.
    I’d LOVE to visit this event and finally make the time and effort to get to these acclaimed locations. The beauty of that area calls to me as I mentioned, but I just haven’t, regretfully, made it a point to get there specifically to visit these spots. And the idea of Mexican food with great wines, well, that just melts my queso.

  • Yes! Cline! Great Zin, great variety!

  • Steven:

    My favorite is Ceja Vineyards. Such a wonderful family and their events always have great food and wine!! Second favorite would be the Pinot Noir at Talisman.

  • Come over to visit us at the Michael Mondavi Family Estate. We pour seven different labels in our Taste Gallery that are all connected with Michael Mondavi and family. We will have Adam Traum playing music both Saturday and Sunday. Our wine is fabulous, we are very friendly and we not only have amazing views with front and back decks, but we have a warm and wonderful Taste Gallery as well.

  • Tom Cutts:

    I’ll join the bandwagon and say my favorite is Ceja Vinyards. I was shocked to find some stunningly wonderful wines from a winery I had never heard of until last year. They always present equally delicious food to pair with their wine. Ceja is truly a hidden gem… Which is becoming more discovered with each passing day.

    Icing on the cake is that they great people as well. So inviting and gratious, the perfect hosts for a wine experience to remember.

  • Elizabeth Chessmar:

    I have been to Carneros before, but only to Gloria Ferrer and Cline. Both were lovely, but during that trip I fell in love with the 2007 Cline Big Break and Live Oak zins, so I will say that Cline is my favorite participating winery. I suppose their 2007s are long gone by now, but excited to try the current vintages. I am taking my little sister on her first wine tasting trip this weekend! Yay!!

  • Cynthia Caballero:

    I love living in the Carneros region. There are so many wonderful wineries so it makes it difficult to pick just one but I’d have to say my favorite would be Gloria Ferrer. I love the sparkling wine. The still wine is very good, also. The staff is always friendly, making each visit a special one. Cindy, Alan and Helen are my favs! The view from the desk is spectacular, especially when the planes are flying. Great place to picnic and bring guests from out of town.

  • Laura Gauthreaux:

    My favorite Carneros winery is Schug Carneros Estate. The staff is really friendly, and they have really great “Club Member” events… the Pinot picking in September is lots of fun. They always have great pairings with their wines at the “April in Carneros” and “Holiday in Carneros” events.

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