Barrel Tasting Weekends Video
Barrel Tasting Weekends
More than 100 wineries in the Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys will participate in the annual Barrel Tasting Along the Wine Road. This is the largest wine tasting event in Sonoma County, and due to popular demand has been stretched to two weekends (with Friday optional for wineries, but many do participate). Barrel tasting is a unique opportunity to taste barrel samples (and often the same wine already in the bottle, from an earlier vintage) at the wineries, enjoy music, entertainment, and lots of great local food.
Barrel samples are a mixed lot, remember this is not finished wine, it's wine in process. Sometimes it tastes really good, sometimes less so. Either way, don't let that stop you from attending, as all the wineries have plenty of finished wines to sample. Barrel Tasting is not a food or themed event. It's main focus is on wine "futures". Tasting out of the barrel gives you a glimpse into how the wine will taste once fully aged. The Wine Road Barrel Tasting Weekend gives you a chance to purchase wine now, typically at a discount. Once the wine is aged and bottled, typically 12-18 months from now, you can pick it up or have it shipped to you. Many of the participating wineries are very small and make extremely limited productions. This may be your only chance to scoop up the good ones BEFORE the word is out.
Absolutely no one under 21 years of age (including infants and young children). Wine Road requests that you please taste responsibly. Wineries cannot continue to serve anyone that appears intoxicated.
NEW FOR 2016 - Enjoy a Breakfast with the Winemaker (2 each weekend) March 5 & 12, 2016. Each limited to 40 people. More details to come.
Please do not bring dogs to the wineries during the Barrel Tasting Weekends.
TICKETS: (plus sales tax and service charge)
Advance tickets go on sale January 22, 2016
January 22-Feb 29 $50 per weekend | $35 Sunday Only | $5 Designated Drivers
At The Door $65 per weekend | $45 Sunday only | $10 Designated Drivers
Please check here for a list of participating wineries.