Upcoming wine events around Sonoma County

Cellar doors are open again this weekend for the 37th Annual Wine Road Barrel Tasting.|

SONOMA COUNTY: Wine Road Barrel Tasting Take II

Cellar doors are open again this weekend for the 37th Annual Wine Road Barrel Tasting.

This event is a big draw because it's less expensive than many in Wine Country, and wineries often offer steep discounts on futures, barrel samples that will be bottled typically 12 to 18 months from now.

For those without a spending agenda, this is a chance to connect with winemakers and explore the valleys – Russian River, Alexander and Dry Creek.

The event is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, and people are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, as wineries will not be offering food.

The ticket for a weekend pass is $43.50 and for a Sunday-only pass, it's $32.63. For more information, visit events at

ST. HELENA: Wine-tasting with a twist

Here's a wine tasting with a twist. The Clif Family Winery in St. Helena is offering 'A Bruschetta and Wine Tasting Trio: Three seasonal bruschetta with seasonal ingredients from the Clif Family Farm paired with Clif Family wines. Tastings are in the Clif Family Winery's Velo Vino tasting room Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. No reservations are required, but you need to call 707-968-0625 to confirm availability. The tasting is $30 per person. Clif Family Winery is at 709 Main St.

Peg Melnik

Wine, The Press Democrat

Northern California is cradled in vines; it’s Wine County at its best in America. My job is to help you make the most of this intriguing, agrarian patch of civilization by inviting you to partake in the wine culture – the events, the bottlings and the fun. This is a space to explore wine, what you care about or don’t know about yet.

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