Do not Miss Russian River Valley Passport to Pinot June 9-10. Details AND a Ticket Contest!

While its safe to say I yet to visit

a wine region I haven’t liked, few have captured my heart and changed my life as much as Russian River Valley. Yes, I am all about the Rhones, but as I have said many times, Pinot Noir was ‘my first girl.’ My path

to moving to wine country, that changed my life, started in Russian River Valley, where I now reside with my own small vineyard. (Sorry, not Pinot Noir, Grenache.)


This Saturday and Sunday you have a chance to experience what put RRV on the global wine map – Pinot Noir. Riedel Flow Pinot Noir Glass, pair

The Russian River Winegrowers, of which I am a proud associate member, is holding “Passport to Pinot,” a don’t miss weekend Pinot experience.


What Is Passport to Pinot?

As one might guess Pinot is the center star of the show, but its more than that. Each winery will pull out the stops to showcase it with things like:
• Barrel tastings – get a

glimpse of the 2011 vintage of Pinot Noir before it’s bottled
• Futures purchases – secure your supply of the wines you love in barrel
• Library wines – discover the beauty of Pinot as it ages
• Vertical tastings – compare the past, present and futurye of a specific cheap canadian pharmacy vineyard
• Amazing food pairings – with all the delicious local foods here in Russian River Valley, wine and food are a match made in heaven
• Artist demonstrations – from painters to potters to jewelers and beyond
• Vineyard tours – get out in the vines and learn why we say great wine starts with the grapes
• Entertainment – relax with a glass of wine while checking out fantastic local musicians
• And more!


For a list of participating RRV wineries, and their special offer, click here.

Tickets are $65 for both days, or $40 for Sunday, and are available here.

If you read the food, entertainment, and special purchase discount offers, $40-$65 is a steal!


Quick, Enter and Win a Pair of Weekend Passes – Expires in 48 hours!

One lucky couple will get a full weekend pass. In comments below simply tell us.

If you one participating winery (or pick several) do you want to visit, and why.

A winner will be randomly drawn and announced.


I will be wandering around wineries on Sunday, say hi if you see me – cheers!

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11 Responses to “Do not Miss Russian River Valley Passport to Pinot June 9-10. Details AND a Ticket Contest!”

  • Mark:

    DOH! I screwed up that post completely… wasn’t even Pinot it was Zin & of course Raf is Dry Creek not RR. I apologize. I was a lil delirious last night. If you want to delete so you don’t have one of your followers lookin like a moron… I’ll understand.

    Apparently I need to visit Cartograph bc seems to have lot of buzz recently

  • Jim Montez:

    I would love to hang out with Lee Martinelli on his tractor, sipping a Bondi ranch Pinot Noir.

  • Dutton-Goldfield make the most amazing Pinot’s that I have tried in the Russian River AVA. Have never been to the winery or gone to Passport (always out of my budget) would love to go this year.

  • Larry H:

    There are a number of small producers to whom I would enjoy an introduction and this sort of event serves that goal well: Hartford, Lauterbach, Inspiration, Holdredge are unfamiliar names. But the familiar names call to me also: Iron Horse for the view and bubbly, Joseph Swan for the history, Dutton’s wines and the mentioned salmon-burger sounds like lunch.

  • P Kruse:

    The one winery I would visit will be Holdredge Wines in Healdsburg. I love their pinots as they are very unique and I love their handscrafted style of the pinots. John Holdredge makes small lots of Pinots which are outrageously good. And, this is coming from me, and I am a Carneros Pinot Girl at heart!

  • E. Jensen:

    A lot of nice places to visit. I would put Balletto on the top of my list. Their wines are very well balanced with a moderate alcohol level and a nice price point.

  • Deanna:

    I would especially like to visit Dutton-Goldfield but any Russian River winery would be a treat. My husband and I love Pinot, love living in Sonoma county and would love some mommy daddy time away from our little one :)

    • Hi Deanna, I agree, D-G is awesome. Unfortunately the contest ended Thur. BUT you can buy Sunday passes at the door, only $45 each, not bad for a full day of Pinot! :)

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