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Sonoma Portworks in Petaluma

Delicious Dessert Wines at Sonoma Portworks

By Alexa Chipman September 4, 2017

Sonoma Portworks in Petaluma

Sonoma Portworks made a name for itself in Petaluma with their tiny industrial tasting room in Foundry Wharf, a short walk from downtown and the waterfront. The area has come alive in the last few years, with farm-to-table restaurants and “Theatre District” shops.

Bill Reading founded Portworks, after experimenting with blending flavor essences directly into the wine, like chocolate and hazelnut, creating their signature DECO and DUET ports. The line quickly expanded and now includes the rocket fuel level grappas, which have such a kick to them that they are offered in tiny one sip cups, rather than a glass, and will leave your eyes watering after their tasty but intense flavor. Their Sonomic offerings are closer to vinegar and marvelous to cook with, using muscat and cabernet sauvignon bases. (more…)

Caves & Cows at Benziger’s Biodynamic Winery

By Alexa Chipman August 31, 2017

Benziger Wine Trail

Benziger is a destination winery, with sprawling gardens and tram tours packed with visitors eagerly taking selfies. Their gift shop alone is larger than the average Glen Ellen tasting room. Despite their size and influx of tourists, Benziger runs like a well-oiled machine, with experienced, informed staff ready to explain the unique farming techniques used on the property. (more…)