Celebrate the holidays at your favorite wineries during the annual Holiday Open House season along the Wine Road.
The day after Thanksgiving kicks off a series of festive and fun open house events throughout the Wine Road. The list is too long to share all of them, but below are some highlights. If you are like me, you’d rather do your holiday shopping while wine tasting than go to a shopping mall, or spend hours searching the web for those elusive “just-right” gifts.
Black Friday in Wine Country
Eight wineries in Alexander Valley will host a Black Friday event on November 25, 2016, from 11 to 4. It’s billed as “a day of award-winning wines, food & wine pairings, festive fare, shopping for unique wine country gifts & big holiday discounts!” Attendees will receive a keepsake glass and food pairing tickets upon check-in.
The participating wineries are Alexander Valley Vineyards, Field Stone Winery & Vineyard, Hanna Winery & Vineyards, Medlock Ames, Soda Rock Winery, DeLorimier Winery, White Oak Vineyards & Winery, and Stuhlmuller Vineyards.
This is a ticketed event, and very reasonably priced at $30 for wine club members, $35 for general tickets, and $15 for designated drivers and kids under 12. You can purchase early bird tickets in advance, or buy your tickets the day of at the door.
More Post-Thanksgiving Options
ACORN Winery will host their annual holiday open house on Saturday, November 26 from noon to 4. They plan to have light nibbles to pair with their current release wines.
Thanksgiving weekend, Amista Vineyards will toast in the holiday season with their estate grown sparkling wines paired with gourmet popcorn. They will also feature Zinfandel verticals paired with artisan chocolates.
Amphora Winery will be hosting “Bubbles and Oysters” on Friday, November 25 from 11 – 3.
Carol Shelton Wines is offering complimentary tasting and 20% off their highly acclaimed Viognier, Wild Thing Rosé, and Lingenfelder Zin during the holiday season.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Hawley Winery will be offering specials on gift packs, verticals and large format bottles. They will also have handcrafted boxes for sale—perfect to use when gifting wine—and they will be offering flat-rate shipping specials.
For groups of six or fewer, Mazzocco will be hosting a complimentary Black Friday tasting from 11 -5.
Pedroncelli Winery will have local crafters and authors for their Open House on Friday, November 25. On Saturday, November 26, book your reservation for a special chocolate tasting, pairing their wines with Scharffen Berger chocolates. They are also offering 50% off shipping during the holidays, and a special price on their Cabernet Trio pack.
Red Car will host a Pade Vavra Jewelry Truck Show on Saturday, November 26 from 11 -4. They will also be serving roasted chestnuts along with their current release wines.
Route 128 Vineyards & Winery is holding a Holiday Stock Up Sale, with discounts on selected wines.
Siduri’s new Healdsburg tasting room is offering wine and food specials during the Thanksgiving weekend, along with $5 shipping on gifts, and $1 shipping on case purchases.
Stephen & Walker Winery will kick off their holiday sale on Black Friday with $10 shipping through January 10th, plus will be offering large format bottles that are hand painted and etched.
The Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend, West Wines will offer a taste of Scandinavia in their tasting room with Swedish Glögg and traditional cookies, plus handmade Swedish decorations will be available for sale.
December Open Houses
If you can’t make it to the post-Thanksgiving Open Houses, no problem, there are more to come.
On December 3rd, Siduri in Santa Rosa will hold their Annual Winter Open House from 10 -4, pouring many of their critically acclaimed wines.
On Saturday, December 10th, Peterson Winery will offer a chance to see wild cats and taste some delicious lamb stew, plus their current and library release wines. The Wild Cat Conservation and Education Fund shows are at noon and 3. Advance tickets are required, and all the ticket sales benefit the Wild Cat Conservation and Education Fund.
Also on December 10th, Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards will be celebrating the season with Dickens carolers from noon to 4, and they will have wine specials for the holidays as well.
This might seem like a long list, but there are even more. In my next blog, I’ll give you some tips on more holiday specials along the Wine Road, so stay tuned.