Barrel Tasting Attracts Wine Connoisseurs to Sonoma County

Elegant wine contry estate with pool in gated communityFor wine connoisseurs, the annual barrel tasting in northern California’s storied Wine Country is a highly anticipated event. More than 100 wineries on Sonoma County’s Wine Road open their doors for two weekends in March to sample new vintages straight from the barrel. This year’s barrel tasting will take place on the weekends of March 1-3 and March 8-10. Tasting hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Book an elegant wine country estate rental on now and start gathering your friends. This is a unique opportunity to be among the first to sample wine vintages that are still aging and will not go on sale until next year. Debate the developing bouquet of different barrel wines with your friends and decide which merit your investment.

Many wineries offer wine “futures” on barrel samples, allowing wine lovers to purchase their favorite tastings during the event, frequently at discounted prices. Of course, you’ll have to wait 12 to 18 months for the wine to mature and be bottled before you can pick up your order at the winery, but wine connoisseurs say the opportunity to own exceptional vintages is worth the wait. Many of Sonoma County’s finest wines are created in such limited quantities that barrel futures are likely to be your only opportunity to purchase these rare vintages.

Barrel tasting is not your typical wine tasting event. Unlike other Wine Road events, barrel tasting does not include food pairings, wine classes or winery tours. Barrel tasting is all about the wine and just about the wine. But if you’re serious about wine (or looking for an unusual outing with friends), Sonoma County’s annual barrel tasting is a unique opportunity to sample Wine Country’s future stars!