Map Your Course to Winter Wineland

Flying the Wineland Flag

With a collection of more than 150 wineries and 50 lodgings, Sonoma County’s “Wine Road” is a long, winding road, indeed.

In fact, it’s many roads, scattered all across Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Russian River Valley. Happily, it’s easy to navigate. At the wineroad.com website, you can browse the list of participating wineries, and select which ones you’d like to visit. An online map system allows you to easily plot your course, and even send it to your phone.

Then, with a simple click, you can choose nearby lodging, too, and browse special deals at B&Bs, inns and hotels.

All this will come in handy as you make plans to attend the 21st Annual Winter Wineland Jan. 19 and Jan. 20, 2013, when more than 100 wineries will open their doors, offering tastings of limited production wines, new releases, library wines and opportunities to meet the winemakers.

One ticket covers all your tasting fees, and many wineries offer special Winter Wineland-only discounts on bottle and case purchases. With the winemakers on-hand, you can learn more about how your favorite wines are made, get peeks at the barrel rooms, and perhaps even score some barrel tastings.

Many of the wineries will offer extras, too, such a food samplings, live music and art displays. Look for everything from homemade chili at Amista Vineyards, to Cabernet Franc barrel blending seminars at Merriam Vineyards.

Details: Winter Wineland, Jan. 19 and Jan. 20, 2013. Purchase tickets online through Jan. 14, 2013 at winterwineland.eventbrite.com/#, or purchase tickets at the door of each winery during the event weekend. Advance online ticket prices are $45 Weekend/$35 Sunday Only/$5 for Designated Drivers. At-the-door prices are $55 Weekend/$45 Sunday Only/$5 for Designated Drivers.

Tip: Beat the traffic by leaving the travel to Pure Luxury. Settle back in a private Town Car and enjoy the view, while having your own personal designated driver.

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