The group of wineries that are part of Northern Sonoma’s Wine Road are hosting the 21st annual Winter WineLand this weekend, January 19 and 20. It’s distinct from the annual — and increasingly shitshow-y — barrel tasting weekends that happen in March, and therefore offers a more civilized time to tour the 100+ wineries in the area. Some will have food pairings, others will be hosting special parties and giving tours, and there will be some limited production and library wines on offer too. Here’s a Google map to guide you through the various individual events in the three valleys, Russian River, Dry Creek, and Alexander. The tickets, available at the door of any of the participating wineries, are $55 for the weekend, or $45 for Sunday only, with special $5 tickets for designated drivers (who will not be allowed even to share tastings, or have “just a sip”). And make note that the event is ongoing from Saturday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Shh. They're sleeping. Photo: Courtesy of the Wine Road