Every year, this ten-year-old festival gets bigger and more festive. Think of it as a double-hitter; at April in Carneros you get to toast springtime and one of the most beloved Napa appellations at the same time. This year’s event seems like a must-do for fans of Carneros’ award-winning Pinots, Zins, and Chardonnays.
More than 20 small specialty wineries are participating; for $40 you get your own glass etched with the April in Carneros 2010 logo, a map with directions to all participating wineries, and free tasting at all of them.
Many of the wineries have live music, too; Ceja will be hopping to the pulse of Orquesta Borinquen, a fiery hot salsa band, while Truchard Vineyard will be serving food from Villa Corona passed around to tunes by Richard Bolman.At Adastra on Las Amigas Road they’ll have tapas by Zuzu and an old-time Appalachian band.
Meanwhile, at Cline Cellars they’ll be grilling homemade sausages with gourmet mustards and artisanal cheeses from Carneros Caves. Cline will also have an outdoor marketplace showcasing chocolate truffles, hand-painted glass and artisan jewelry.
Tickets are $40 when purchased on the day of the event; $35 when purchased ahead of time. Many of the participating wineries are also offering two-for-one specials and case discounts as high as 40 percent to event participants, so there’s one heck of an added incentive.
Because the Carneros region crosses the Sonoma-Napa county border, this is one wine event which involves participation by wineries from both regions, giving it a warm fuzzy cooperative spirit. Most of these are small family run boutique wineries that don’t have public tasting rooms, so this is a rare chance to taste their wines. April in Carneros has a really high repeat rate of folks who come year after year; seems like they’re onto something.