34th Annual Wine Road Barrel Tasting

FOR:                        WINE ROAD NORTHERN SONOMA COUNTY                    
                                    498 Moore Lane, Suite B / P.O. Box 46
Healdsburg, CA 95488
                                    Marla McLaughlin/Keelin Czellecz
Sonoma county wineries roll out their wine barrels FOR EXCLUSIVE TASTING WEEKENDS this march
Wine Road Northern Sonoma County Hosts Its 34th Annual Barrel Tasting
WHAT:                       For the first two weekends in March, visitors to Sonoma County have the opportunity to experience young, unfinished wines still in the barrel at Wine Road Northern Sonoma County’s annual barrel tasting. Over the weekends of March 2-4 and 9-11, 2012, wine lovers can meet winemakers, sample wines from the barrel, and purchase “futures” at a substantial discount. Enthusiasts can taste and then purchase the wine at the event at a 25-30% markdown, and receive their case lot 12-18 months later. Many of the wines sampled throughout the weekend are produced in such limited quantities that they are sold exclusively as “futures.” 
WHO:                         Over 100 wineries open their cellar doors as they celebrate this year’s Barrel Tasting. Members of the Wine Road are located in the Dry Creek, Russian River, and Alexander valleys in Northern Sonoma County, California. A complete list of participating wineries is available at www.wineroad.com.
WHEN:                      Friday – Sunday
March 2-4, 2012
                                    March 9-11, 2012
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
COST:                         Advancetickets will be available for purchase online beginning January 31, 2012 for $30 per person for one entire weekend, including Friday. Advance tickets will be available for purchase through February 27, 2012, at www.wineroad.com.
                                    Tickets will also be available for purchase at participating wineries beginning on the Friday of each weekend for $40 per person.
ACCESS:                    Please be aware that large buses will not be allowed at this event due to limited space. In order for wineries to be responsible hosts and provide a worthwhile experience, smaller groups of people are highly encouraged to attend. 
The Wine Road is a travel resource for those looking to visit the region, which is famous for its renowned wine producers and cuisine, scenic beauty, and wine country lifestyle. The association hosts three celebrated wine events throughout the year, “Winter Wineland” in January; “Barrel Tasting” in March; and “A Wine and Food Affair” in November. Made up of 190 vintners and 50+ lodgings throughout the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys in Sonoma County, something is always going on along the Wine Road. To plan your next trip, please visit: www.wineroad.com. For additional information, or to request a free map, contact Beth Costa at 800.723.6336 or via e-mail at info@wineroad.com, or visit the Wine Road on Twitter and Facebook
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