Sonoma County Wineries Roll Out Their Wine Barrels for Barrel Tasting Weekends

Image by Marc Aviles All Rights Reserved © 2013 GEV MagazineFor two weekends, beginning February 28 – March 2 & wrapping up March 7-9, 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 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
February 28 – March 2, 2014
March 7 – 9, 2014
11 a.m.-4 p.m.

COST: Tickets are available now for $40 per person for one entire weekend, including Friday.  Advance tickets will be available for purchase through February 24, 2014, at

Wristbands and tasting glasses will also be available for purchase at participating wineries beginning on the Friday of each weekend for $50 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.