Plan Now for Wine Road’s Barrel Tasting 2017
What’s fun about barrel tasting 2017?
Tasting wine from Healdsburg-area vineyards makes for an enjoyable adventure any time of year, but in spring things really liven up. If you’ve never experienced wine straight from the barrel, you don’t want to miss Wine Road’s Barrel Tasting 2017. This hugely popular event extends for two weekends in March and includes over 100 wineries throughout the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys.
To sample these young wines, you get to go behind the scenes into chilly, musty-smelling cellars where they siphon wine into a glass for you to taste. Be warned: these young wines won’t be what you expect. They will still age for more than a year. But tasting wines before they’re put into bottles is a fun way to get an insider’s view of the wine industry. Plus it allows you to preview the season’s vintage.
It’s an adventure
Bet on your favorites by buying cases of “futures,” often at a discount. It is a gamble. Once the wines are bottled 12 or 18 months later, the balance may have shifted. Still, there’s no question that you can snag some extraordinary wines and limited releases. Tasting straight from the barrel is often the only way to sample wines that are in such limited production that you’ll never see them on the shelf anywhere. They’ll sell out by the end of the second weekend.
It’s a party
Barrel Tasting in March can get pretty intense at times, with so many people seeking out sips of some of the best. Go on Friday for a calmer experience. Take your time to savor the flavor and learn from the tasting room staff. Tickets will go on sale January 17, so mark your calendar. People in the know are reserving their lodging now. Rooms fill up fast, so it’s wise to lock in your Healdsburg digs so you won’t miss out on the fun.
Wine Road Barrel Tasting 2017
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, March 3—5 and March 10—12
Tickets on sale January 17