Picnic Time

FOR:                WINE ROAD NORTHERN SONOMA COUNTY              
                        498 Moore Lane, Suite B / P.O. Box 46
Healdsburg, CA 95488
                        Marla McLaughlin
 Healdsburg, CA (June 25, 2014). Tis the season for outdoor drinking and dining–with summer in full swing Northern Sonoma County’s Wine Road has some of the best recommendations for destination picnics. Amongst the 190 vintners throughout the Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Creek valleys, there are a multitude of scenic spots and outdoor dining venues for all to enjoy their favorite regional wines and try new local fare.  
Hawkes Wine
6738 Highway 128 Healdsburg, CA 94448
Alexander Valley
Hawkes Winery boasts three summer picnic spots: experience fun in the sun while playing horseshoe and picnicking at tables alongside the vines, bring a basket to the hillside deck and enjoy sweeping views of Alexander Valley, or for a more private approach, dine under the wisteria covered patio.
Wilson Winery
1960 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Dry Creek
Wilson Winery offers wine aficionados the perfect picnic location with miles of gorgeous grape vine vistas. Relax on the sunny deck, lawn or patio seating or under the shade of the 150 year old oak tree. Munch on a Panini, made at local Dry Creek General Store or Big John's Market, with a crisp glass of Wilson Zinfandel in hand. For a lighter lunch, the tasting room offers a selection of Sonoma County cheeses and meats.
Forchini Winery and Vineyards
5141 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Dry Creek
Enjoy an Italian-style inspired getaway to the premises of Forchini Winery and Vineyards. Picnic surrounded by rose gardens, fountains and modern sculptures designed by Susan Spicer. Enjoy a sampling of Forchini wines from the tasting room while dining on local empanadas, sandwiches and soups made to order from Wild Sage Delicatessen.
JRickards Vineyards
24505 Chianti Rd, Cloverdale, CA 95425
Alexander Valley
Spend a late afternoon or evening sipping J.Rickards hand-crafted Cabernet Sauvignon while watching the sunset over Northern Alexander Valley. Pack a picnic basket or catch a local wine and cheese pairing while dining outside at the vineyard. To make a night of it, catch the Jug July & BBQ event hosted on July 26, 2014.
West Wines
1000 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Dry Creek
Start Saturday morning with a glass of West Wine’s Sauvignon Blanc in hand and a 10:30am tour of the Swedish family-owned vineyard. Learn interesting facts about what makes great wines and how the vineyard protects its grapes, followed with a picnic next to the vines or in the garden with a pre-ordered lunchbox. Select dates offer oysters on the patio and chilled white wine events.
Woodenhead Vintners
5700 River Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Russian River Valley
Set above gorgeous vistas of the winding Russian River Valley, Woodenhead Vintners offers picnic lovers an elegant escape. Perfect picnic locations offer 180 degree views of the magnificent vines, hills, and valley. Indulge in a glass of owner Nikolai Stez’ Pinot Noir or cool off by sipping crystal clear sparkling French Colombard.
Merriam Vineyards
11654 Los Amigos Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Russian River Valley
Merriam Vineyard’s beautiful New England inspired winery is home to a quaint outdoor patio surrounded by lilacs and views of the vineyards and valley. A lovely spot to spend the day, Merriam offers Bordeaux wine varieties mirroring the owners love for France. Bring lunch and dine on the deck. For those looking for a more formal meal, the calendar marks an end of the season New England lobster boil, book in advance, great for friends.
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.
For more information, please contact Marla McLaughlin at Wagstaff Worldwide: