FOR:                WINE ROAD NORTHERN SONOMA COUNTY             

498 Moore Lane, Suite B / P.O. Box 46

Healdsburg, CA 95488




Charlotte Cleary/Marla McLaughlin



Sonoma county wineries roll out their wine barrels FOR EXCLUSIVE Barrel TASTING WEEKENDS

Wine Road Northern Sonoma County Hosts Its 37th Annual Barrel Tasting


WHAT:                       For two weekends, beginning March 6–8 & wrapping up March 13-15, 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 event. Over the two weekends, 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, typically 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 120 wineries open their cellar doors as they celebrate this year’s Barrel Tasting. Members of the Wine Road are located in the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys in Northern Sonoma County, California. A complete list of participating wineries is available at


WHEN:                       Friday – Sunday

March 6-8, 2015

March 13-15, 2015

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


COST:                        Advance tickets are available now through March 2, 2015 for $40 per person for one entire weekend, including Friday. Designated Driver tickets are $5 per weekend, from which the proceeds will be donated to the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Tickets are available for purchase online through the Wine Road website.


Tickets will also be available at the door of participating wineries for $60 per weekend; Designated Driver tickets are $10 at the door.


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 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: For additional information, or to request a free map, contact Beth Costa at 800.723.6336 or via e-mail at, or visit the Wine Road on Twitter and Facebook.


For more information, please contact Charlotte Cleary or Marla McLaughlin at Wagstaff Worldwide: