Rutherford Wine and Food Passport to Fiesta

Sawyer Cellars Harvest

In honor of Cinco de Mayo the Rutherford Appellation Wineries will hold their spring passport event, a “Rutherford Passport to Fiesta,” on the weekend of May 5 & 6, 2012. Eleven wineries will offer special tastings and comidato those who purchase a two-day passport for $75 or a Sunday-only passport for $60.

Saywer Cellars and Napa chef Jonathan Bodnar will be teaming up with a head-turning pairing of Saywers’ stylish 2008 Merlot and Bodnar’s Mole-Style Chili.  You can find the recipe here.  You can find the Merlot review here.

Each winery will offer a unique tasting experience such as barrel samples, limited edition wines, or tastings with the winemaker, all accompanied by festive Cinco de Mayo fare. Participating wineries include Alpha Omega, Beaulieu Vineyard, Conn Creek Winery, Honig Vineyard & Winery, J. Moss, Peju Province, Piña Napa Valley, Raymond Vineyards, St. Supery Vineyards &  Winery, Sawyer Cellars and Tres Sabores.

“Who doesn’t love a fiesta?” says Regina Weinstein, Director of Marketing and Retail for Honig Vineyard & Winery. “This should be a good weekend for guests to come to Rutherford in the heart of the Napa Valley and enjoy great wines paired with wonderful food. We’re ready for a party!”

As always, profits from the event will be donated to a local charity.

Passports may be purchased online and will be available for pick-up at the Rutherford Grange on Saturday, May 5th. For more information or to purchase a passport please visit

About Rutherford Appellation Wineries ~ Rutherford Appellation Wineries was established as the direct to consumer marketing arm of the Rutherford Dust Society ( to educate the public about the significance of the Rutherford appellation as Napa Valley’s preeminent grape-growing area. This consumer-focused organization was created to promote the uniqueness of the area and encourage visitors to experience personally the quality of the wines produced in this special place.