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San Francisco — By kleland on May 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm
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The Ultimate Wine Country Experience

In just a few weeks over 50 Sonoma Valley wineries will open their doors to pass holders for the Passport to Sonoma weekend. The weekend held on Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16 from 10:30 am – 4:00 pm featurs over three hundred exceptional wines with delicious food pairings and entertainment, along an eighteen mile drive through the Sonoma Valley. Here are just a few of the participating wineries.

Anaba Wine
Join Anaba for samples of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and artisanal Rhone-style blends and dessert wines. Marking their one-year anniversary, Anaba is pleased to offer Passport guests wine samples, food pairings and special discounts of 10-25% on wine purchases. 60 Bonneau Road, Sonoma, anabawines.com

Blackstone Winery
Blackstone will offer Passport-holders the opportunity to sign up for Winery tours or a Blending Seminar featuring you as the gifted winemaker. The Blending seminar is going to be held on Saturday and Sunday at 11am. Secure a place at these seminars -  since reservations are essential. Blackstone Winery will also feature barrel samples paired with an assortment of cheeses all weekend for passport guests. (For the Blending Seminar reservations, contact blackstoneevents@cwine.com or call 707.833.1960)
8450 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood, blackstonewinery.com

Chateau St. Jean
Celebrate the flowering of the vine with Chateau St. Jean all weekend long for the annual “Fete de la Fleur”. Enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean gardens in full bloom; partake in the sensory classes highlighted by the renowned Reserve Malbec and the fragrant Estate Viognier. Wine pairings with seasonal local foods and take 25 % off select wines just for Passport guests!
8555 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood, chateaustjean.com

Eric Ross Winery
Join Winemaker and Proprietor, Eric Ross as he features barrel tastings and exclusive sales of their futures, the Tempranillo, just for Passport weekend! Try the newly released Alborino, paired with savory bites for you to enjoy. Also – buy a case of wine on Saturday and Eric will arrange for a professional photography session with you and the winemaker in the beautiful Eric Ross Vineyards! Space is limited on this exclusive offer, so make Eric Ross your first stop!
14300 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, ericross.com

Highway 12 Vineyards & Winery
Stamp your passport at Highway 12 Vineyards & Winery on the Historic Sonoma Plaza! Guests will be treated to reserve tastings, including the 2006 Highwayman Limited Release and the XII Reserve Chardonnay. Enjoy pairings of Highway 12 red wines as they take on the delectable and festive Carnitas from plaza neighbors, Maya Restaurant. Discounts of 25% will be extended to all purchases during passport weekend! Continue your Highway 12 tasting with a bottle purchase and head to the plaza to enjoy Sonoma in the sun!
498 1st Street East, Sonoma, highway12winery.com

For a complete list of all participating wineries go to: Passport to Sonoma

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