POSTED ON May 5, 2009 | IN Dry Creek Valley, Organic Winery, Russian River Wine Country - Sonoma Cty., Wine Information | BY Joe Becerra

We recently blogged about Montemaggiore and Quivira wineries, two biodynamic wineries in the Dry Creek Valley. There are at least four other wineries practicing sustainable and organic farming in the Dry Creek Valley. If you are interested in touring the sustainable wineries of the Dry Creek Valley, I have outlined a suggested two-day tour of these wineries on One thing that is very nice about visiting wineries in the Dry Creek Valley is that most of the wineries are small and family-owned. If you visit during the week, you might even find the winemaker or owner in the tasting room.

I’m in the final stages of testing my Trip Planner. It is a very cool database of wineries in various wine regions of California. But the Trip Planner is much more than a database. You can search for wineries alphabetically or by region. When searching for wineries by region, you can select wineries that are family owned, offer tours, have Bocce courts, or have picnic areas. The coolest part; you can create directions and a Google map for yourself. This is a very handy wine country planning tool. Please try the Trip Planner.

The late Robert Mondavi and his wife Margrit 40 years ago started a tradition at the Mondavi winery bringing famous performers for summer festival concerts. This year, the summer series begins on June 27.

This year, The B52s, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Natalie Cole and KC and the Sunshine Band, among others, will perform for the 40th anniversary of the winery’s summer festival concerts.

FESTIVAL LINEUP 2009 (All concerts begin at 7:00 p.m.)
Ticket prices: Ticket prices are in four tiers: general admission lawn seats; reserved lawn seats; a limited number of Dinner Seats which include a family-style dinner accompanied by Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley wines plus reserved concert seating; as well as Premiere Seats, which include dinner seating with their Napa Valley wines then center-stage lawn seating at concert time. Prices vary by concert and are listed below.

Tickets can be purchased online at the Robert Mondavi Website. Net proceeds go to support arts in Napa Valley.