The 34th Annual Barrel Tasting will be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 1-3, and again on March 8 to 10, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
More than 100 wineries
There are 123 wineries participating on the first weekend and 107 on the second. See the map of wineries centered around the Wine Road in Healdsburg, Northern Sonoma County is the venue for exploring Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys.
How is barrel tasting different than wine tasting?
Wall Street picks aside, here is the chance to pick your grapes portfolio. There's plenty of opportunity to talk to the winemakers, invest in your future wine collection.
These wineries are offering "futures" on their barrel samples. By sampling pourings of new releases from the past couple of years' harvests, visitors have the opportunity to sample and purchase before bottling. These wines will often be available at a discount. Buyers will need to return to the winery when the wine is bottled, typically 12-18 months from now. Many wines are so limited, buying futures is the only chance to purchase them.
Buy a ticket
Online tickets have closed, but tickets, which are a wristband and a wine glass) can be purchased at any of the wineries on the participating list. The ticket price is $50 (plus $5 for a designated driver.)
No dogs, no under 21s, or large groups.