The Rotary Club of Healdsburg celebrated the work of Healdsburg SNAP nurses — nurses who are hired through an on-demand nursing agency that sends them out to various locations for crisis response —  by taking a group of them on a sponsored winery and town tour.

Approximately 11 SNAP nurses had been helping to administer vaccines in Healdsburg on behalf of Alliance Medical, Healdsburg Hospital, and various clinics.  In an effort to say “thank you” to the nurses for their vital work, members of the Rotary Club of Healdsburg and some folks from the Alliance Medical Center Board decided to set up a day-long wine tasting tour after hearing that several of the nurses had never experienced Sonoma County wine country, even after spending several weeks here.

The event was organized by Brooke Ross and Mike Potmesil.  Rotary members Dick Bertapelle, Mike Potmesil, Doug Garrett and Don Mitchell served as designated drivers and drove the nurses to Dry Creek Vineyards in Dry Creek Valley where they experienced their first tasting.

Later, the nurses were able to explore the grounds, have a vineyard tour, and enjoy a sponsored lunch, courtesy of Big John’s Market.

The group got to enjoy a second tasting at Portalupi Wine in downtown Healdsburg and spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the Plaza and downtown area.