Thursday-Monday 12 - 5pm | Tuesday/Wednedsday by appoiintment
Who said you can’t serve dessert first? Certainly not Caryn and Bill Reading, proprietors of Sonoma Portworks in Petaluma. Creating single-vineyard, single-vintage, small-lot port wine, Sonoma Portworks is tapping into a growing niche that agrees with the Readings.
Sonoma Portworks, in operation for more than 20 years, is the only port specialist in Sonoma County. Bill Reading’s approach to winemaking is creative and experimental. He takes this challenge seriously, cultivating fine ports from a single, sustainably managed vineyard. Their ARIS ports are made from Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot and Norton grapes. MADURO Reserve Port and CASK Reserve Port are older blends of both Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. DECO Port is made from Zinfandel, with a hint of dark chocolate.
Tucked away on Second Street south of downtown Petaluma, Sonoma Portworks is a quick jaunt off of Highway 101. Many visitors wander in from that road. Others are pulled in by signs, great on-line reviews and curiosity. All are anxious to try this winery’s offerings.
The tasting room is open from 12 to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday and is a small but welcoming space for both first-time port tasters and port aficionados to take a spin through the winery’s portfolio. Beyond the several ports available to taste, Sonoma Portworks also makes grappa, a spirit distilled from port-laden pomace leftover from the port-making process. Visitors can also try Portworks’ Duet Sherry, which offers a different take on dessert wine, and Sonomic Almost Vinegar, which is like a balsamic, but more versatile. All are worth the tasting.
• Sonoma Portworks uses as much of the grape as they can, distilling pomace into grappa and sharing what’s left with local farms for composting.
• Most of the grapes used by Sonoma Portworks come from vineyard land farmed by the same family for six generations.
• Sonoma Portworks uses hand and foot energy to produce its ports.
Don’t Miss out
• Sonoma Portworks tastings are complimentary. There is a fee for a Reserve Tasting.
• Caryn and Bill like to share cheese, chocolate and other locally produced foods, paired with their ports.
• Wine club members have first access to all Sonoma Portworks wines and spirits. With limited production, sometimes that’s the only access to a very limited product.
Port, Sherry, Grappa, Sonomic Almost Vinegar