TWO WEEKENDS: And over a hundred wineries. Even if you were to jump into the Russian River Wine Road Barrel Tasting for all six days -- those 2011 days being March 4 through 6, and again from March 11 through 13 -- it probably wouldn't be possible to visit all 136 participants (okay, there are 136 participants over weekend #1, and 116 over weekend #2). There is a designated driver ticket, so that is helpful and advisable. Our suggestion? Would probably be anyone's suggestion. Look over the list and choose your must-visit vineyards.
THE LIST: Balletto is on the roster for both weekends; so is Kendall-Jackson Healdsburg. And dozens and dozens and dozens of others. An at-the-door ticket is $30 (that's for a weekend, for a single sipper). Oh, and there's a Riedel seminar, too. And a downloadable map. The words "map" and "weekend" are old friends, we think.