Rain or shine, it’s Passport time

Kelly Bortolotti, left, and Sara Badillo enjoy wine as they sit by the creek at Jason/Stephens Winery during 2010 Passport Weekend.

Entertainment: Live Music on Saturday by Lauren Ashley and Sunday by David Johnson.

Special pours:

Wine club: 20% off cases, merchandise, winery event ticketing- a minimum of 20% off wine club shipmentsEntertainment: Live Music on Saturday by Lauren Ashley and Sunday by David Johnson.

Special pours:

Wine club: 20% off cases, merchandise, winery event ticketing- a minimum of 20% off wine club shipments

Two days. Twenty-three wineries. Pinkies up!

It’s time for Passport Weekend, an oenophile outing where grape growers open their doors, uncork bottles and host hundreds of visitors – all of them flocking to South County’s treasure trove of wineries in pursuit of fabulous vino, delicious tapas and good company.

Despite gloomy weather forecasts promising an 80 percent chance of rain on Saturday and a chance of rain on Sunday, too, a handful of winery owners say bad weather won’t rain on their purple parade.

“What else are you going to do when it’s raining? It’s a good time to go wine tasting,” said Dhruv Khanna, owner of Kirigin Cellars on Watsonville Road in Gilroy. “We’re grateful for the rain. It’s no reason not to enjoy some wine along with it.”

Other local wineries including Fortino, Martin Ranch, Solis and Sarah’s Vineyard said the predicted precipitation shouldn’t put too much of a damper on festivities. Candy Andrade, tasting room manager at Sarah’s Vineyard on Hecker Pass, said she might have to cancel the band scheduled to perform outside on Saturday (instruments don’t do so well when wet).

Other than that, wineries appear to have a sunny outlook about the weekend.

“We’re good. We have a barrel room, so we’ll have no problems here,” said Fortino’s Administrative Assistant, Dawn Anderson. “Passport will go on.”

Here’s your South County winery-by-winery guide for the weekend. Cheers!

Aver Family Vineyards

Location: 2900 Soma Way, Gilroy; 408-203-8575; averfamilyvineyards.com

Goodies: Catering by Diana

Entertainment: Live music (Saturday: Side of Blues and Sunday: Bluegrass)

Special pours: Pourings at the vineyard tasting area

Wine club: 20 percent savings on wine purchases (up to 11 bottles) or 25 percent savings on wine purchases of 12 bottles or more; priority status on all new releases; invitations and exclusive offers to special friends of the family events; free tasting for wine club members plus two guests

Casa de Fruta

Location: 10021 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister; (831) 637-9170; casadefruta.com

Goodies: Complimentary Casa de Fruta souvenir wine glass

Castillo’s Hillside Shire Winery

Location: 2215 Liberata Dr., Morgan Hill; (408) 776-8200 castilloshillsideshirewinery.com

Entertainment: Vivienne and her acoustic guitar

Wine club: 25 percent off Cab Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Red Table Wines, Syrah for all passport holders and Wine Club Members

Clos LaChance

Location: One Hummingbird Lane, San Martin; (408) 686-1050;  clos.com

Goodies: Food samples and wine tasting

Entertainment: Local R&B artist David Johnson will be performing from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday

Special pours: 17 wines available

Wine club: Three different membership levels, between 20 and 25 percent discount. Free wine tasting for the member and three guests every visit, priority access to wine sales, discounts on tickets and table reservations for select Clos LaChance special events

Creekview Vineyards

Location: 12467 Creekview Court, San Martin; (408) 686-0534; creekviewvineyards.com

Wine Club: 20 percent off wine purchases, free wine-tasting, special members-only events

Fortino Winery

Location: 4525 Hecker Pass Highway, Gilroy; (408) 842-3305; fortinowinery.com

Entertainment: Guitarists: Carlos Padilla on Saturday; John Garcia on Sunday

Wine Club: 10 percent off single bottles, 20 percent off cases, invites to exclusive events and free wine tasting

Guglielmo Winery

Location: 1480 East Main Ave., Morgan Hill; (408) 779-2145; guglielmowinery.com

Entertainment: Live music

Special pours: Barrel tasting

Wine club: 20 percent discount on wine, 15 percent gifts and food; 30 percent case discount, mix/match; 30 percent the day you join the club; club only special events and wines; sign up a friend and get a free bottle of wine up to $25 in value

Hecker Pass Winery

Location: 4605 Hecker Pass Highway, Gilroy; (408) 842-8755; heckerpasswinery.com

Entertainment: Meet the winemaker, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wine club: 25 percent on six or more bottles, 50 percent on 1 or more cases (mixed cases OK)

Kirigin Cellars

Location: 11550 Watsonville Road, Gilroy; (408) 847-8827;  kirigincellars.com

Goodies: Vino de Mocca Ice Cream Sundaes

Wine club: 30 percent off six bottles, 50 percent off cases (12 bottles), and three or more cases are a flat $100 per case

Jason-Stephens Winery

Location: 11775 Watsonville Road, Gilroy; (408) 846-8463; jstephens.com

Entertainment: Live music on Saturday by Lauren Ashley and Sunday by David Johnson.

Wine club: 20 percent off cases, merchandise, winery event ticketing- a minimum of 20 percent off wine club shipments

Lightheart Cellars

Location: 305 Roosevelt Ave., San Martin; (408) 475-8463; lightheartcellars.com

Goodies: Chef Eichelberger will provide gourmet foods paired with our wines

Entertainment: Entertainment playing 1 to 4 p.m. both days with Top Shelf Saturday and Bodfish Creek Sunday (featuring Colombard Vineyard owner).

Wine club: 25 percent discount per case; 20 percent discount on less than a case.

Martin Ranch Winery

Location: 6675 Redwood Retreat Road, Gilroy; (408) 842-9197; martinranchwinery.com

Goodies: Bring a picnic and enjoy the beauty of Martin Ranch Winery

Special pours: Barrel samples with Dan Martin. Taste all the San Francisco Chronicle award winning wines: Best of Class, Double golds and golds

Wine club: Three membership levels – 20 to 35 percent discounts, special events

Morgan Hill Cellars

Location: 1645 San Pedro Ave., Morgan Hill; (408) 779-7389; morganhillcellars.com Goodies:  Pasta, meatballs, garlic bread and sweets

Entertainment:  Live music Saturday and Sunday

Wine club: 20 percent on all wine purchases and other discounts on our events

Rapazzini Winery

Location: 4350 Monterey Highway, Gilroy; (408) 842-5649; rapazziniwinery.com

Goodies: Gourmet grilled cheese and jam Panini bar

Special pours: Fruit wines and Chateau de Garlic wine

Wine club: 25 percent discount on wine purchases

Sarah’s Vineyard

Location: 4005 Hecker Pass Highway, Gilroy; (408) 847-1947; sarahsvineyard.com

Goodies: Serving appetizers all day. On Saturday, gourmet wood fired pizzas ($10 each)

Entertainment: Saturday live music by Daze on the green 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Special pours: The 2010 Central Coast Pinot will only be available for purchase in the tasting room during Passport weekend.

Wine club: Wine club discount is 20 percent. Receive Wine Club exclusive wines available to members only. Wine club release parties and discounts on event tickets.

Satori Cellars

Location: 2100 Buena Vista Ave., Gilroy; (408) 848-5823; satoricellars.com

Goodies: Passporters are invited to bring a picnic, if they like, and there will be plenty of Adorah’s Homemade Chili & Cornbread to enjoy with the winery’s “Big Reds.”

Entertainment: Their outdoor “Tasting Cabana” will feature live music both days, including local rockers Blue Dog Band on Sunday.

Special pours: Monterey County Chardonnay and four of their award-winning estate red wines. If you buy any three bottles of wine, you get the fourth one free, and can take them home in Satori’s colorful four-bottle carrier bag. If you are also a member (or want to sign up to be a member) of Satori’s Wine Club, there will be a special wine tasting inside the winery’s barrel room.

Wine Club: 20-35 percent off, depending on level.

Solis Winery

Location: 3920 Hecker Pass Highway, Gilroy; (800) 917-0901; soliswinery.com

Special pours:  Special wine tasting, barrel tasting and great prices for passport holders

Wine club: 10 percent discount on wine club selections plus deep discounts on wine and logo items.

Sycamore Creek Vineyards

Location: 12775 Uvas Road, Morgan Hill; (408) 842-7016; sycamorecreekvineyards.com

Entertainment: Live music and will feature local artists in a temporary gallery at the winery.

Wine club: Special discounts for passport holders in the tasting room

Thomas Kruse Winery

Location: 3200 Dryden Ave., Gilroy; (408) 842-7016; thomaskrusewinery.com

Special pours: Barrel tasting

Passport weekend features 23 vineyards in Gilroy, Morgan Hill and San Martin from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. One $30 passport is good for both weekends.

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