This past weekend was a very special weekend in Sonoma Valley.  It was Heart of the Valley Barrel Tasting.  Barrel Tasting weekend is the biggest single event in Sonoma Valley.  The only other event that even comes close is the Holiday Open House right after Thanksgiving.  The number of visitors in the valley triples and the normally calm and pleasant tasting rooms take on a more festive atmosphere.

What's the big deal?  Well, for Sonoma Valley wine lovers this is a time to get be treated as a VIP without having to write for an internationally distributed wine magazine.  All the participating wineries will make barrel samples of an upcoming release available for people to taste.  On top of that, most wineries will sell futures for those wine and pair their existing wines food.  Barrel Tasting weekend always happens over the third weekend in March every year and it is a very hectic, energetic weekend.