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.
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!
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!
Cheers and thanks for reading Simple Hedonisms Wine Blog!