May 2, 2016 by Joe Kukura

One of NorCal wine country’s biggest weekends!

One of the biggest weekends in northern California wine country is approaching fast, and wine enthusiasts are already making plans. The North Coast wine country of Lake County, a burgeoning wine region about 100 miles north of San Francisco, is getting ready to pop the cork on the 12th annual Lake County Wine Adventure from May 20 to 22. A rollicking, three-day wine lover’s experience, the Lake County Wine Adventure features more than 25 different wineries busting out all the stops with their own theme parties featuring live music, gourmet food and, of course, their finest wine country varietals. Last year, more than 1,300 people attended, with even more expected this year. At just $55 for a two-day passport, the Lake County Wine Adventure weekend offers a magnificent value for wine, food, music and celebrations for all varieties of wine connoisseurs.

The Lake County Wine Adventure weekend gets shaken (not stirred) when the Casino Royale theme party launches on May 20—a Friday evening VIP kickoff gala at the Twin Pine Casino & Hotel Event Center. VIPs will mingle like 007 with tastings of award-winning Lake County wines, live music and casino gaming at the tables. Tickets are $65 and come with a commemorative wine glass, a special keepsake photo and more.

Lake County Wine Adventure

All are welcome to join the Lake County Wine Adventure fun!

On Saturday and Sunday, guests grab their passports and head out to 28 different locations and tasting rooms serving distinctive Lake County wines. Each winery has an elaborate themed party, all trying to outdo each other with food, live music and decor that they’ve been planning for months. Guests get to vote for the winning theme parties in the categories of best food and wine, best hospitality and best overall experience.

A single Lake County Wine Adventure passport is good for all 28 locations, and adventurers can revel and wine-taste their way around magnificent Clear Lake at their own pace. Two-day passports are $55 in advance, while a Sunday-only passport is just $40 in advance. Designated drivers get to tour for free, plus a number of designated driver options are available so you can let loose and tour in style. Or make it a Wine Adventure weekend with an overnight stay with one of the nearby local hospitality partners.

The food, fun and theme parties will be unforgettable, but the wines are the real highlight of the Lake County Wine Adventure. In particular, the sauvignon blanc winegrapes of Lake County are the finest in California wine country and among the very best in the world. Lake County wineries cleaned up at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, taking home 91 wine awards and winning several best-of-class and double-gold awards.

Where else can a wine lover find such a great value? At just $55 for a two-day Lake County Wine Adventure passport, wine enthusiasts are treated to an endless parade of elaborate parties, terrific live music and entertainment, oodles of delicious dishes and, of course, an incomparable array of award-winning Lake County wines. Make plans to indulge your sense of adventure at the 2016 Lake County Wine Adventure, where more than 25 wineries will stamp your passport to a world of world-class wine.

The 2016 Lake County Wine Adventure is May 20-22, with each participating winery open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Casino Royale kickoff event is Friday, May 20, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit