Our third stop of the day on our #PetalumaMade wine tour was Sonoma Valley Portworks. As I’ve grown older, I’ve developed an appreciation for port. Last year I had a terrific port from Brentwood, CA that paired very well with a rich dark chocolate. So, knowing we’d be tasting some port and not knowing if chocolate would be available, I came prepared and brought my own (my favorite Ghirardelli Intense Dark Sea Salt Soiree). I am glad to report I didn’t need it!
The co-owner Caryn Reading was a very gracious host, and very excited to embrace us bloggers and social media. She was all ready to ask us our best practices on blogging and using Instagram to promote SVP, and I’m so happy to report that she’s a frequent user now! She had lots of cheese, fruit, and yes, chocolate ready to pair with our selections.
We tried two varietals of the Sonoma Valley Portworks Aris: a 2007 Petit Sirah and a 2008 Petit Verdot. It was paired with, among other things, a cheese from Beehive Cheese Co. called Barely Buzzed, which is an espresso & lavender hand-rubbed cheese that was actually very good, and paired well. One of the members of our tour group, Chrissy, is an untrained cheese monger, and schooled us on cheese a bit while we tasted.
We moved on to my absolute favorite, their Cask Reserve port that was simply outstanding. I was surprised how much I liked it without any food pairing. The layers of flavor that hit your mouth in waves were shocking and wonderful. It was sweet, but not too sweet or too dry, either. I didn’t expect such a rich flavor experience, but I had to bring home a bottle to share this amazing experience with my friends, family, and husband.
After tasting the Deco Port with some dark chocolate truffles and the Duet Sherry, I reluctantly tried some of the Sonomic Almost Vinegar made from Gewurztraminer grapes. I was NOT disappointed! It was peachy and cirtrusy and thick and sweet. Like the best parts of a local honey, and the same consistency. I’ve never tasted anything like it, and immediately grabbed the last bottle off of the shelf!
I’m excited to take my friends back to check in on Caryn’s social media exploits and introduce them to these amazing wines and terrific vinegar from Sonoma Valley Portworks!
Sonoma Valley Portworks is the only winery in Sonoma County specializing in ports and after-dinner wines.
613 Second St.
Petaluma, CA 94952