Napa Valley - port wine
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I’ll be going to Napa this weekend and would like to bring back some port style wine. Was a fan of the Buena Vista ports from Sonoma, but are no longer in production.
Also suggestions for lunch/dinner would be great too…(nice but not pricey)
here are some port that you can only get it at winery....makes it kind a special imo
shafer hillside cab port
vincent arroyo petti sirah port
rombauer zin port
clos pegase cab port
del dotto cab franc port
schweiger cab port
silver oak meyer family port
v sattui port
provenance vineyard port
frank family vineyard port
cuvaison espirtu port
Lunch: Bistro Don Giovanni just north of Napa, or Taylor's Refresher in St. Helena.
For wines made in a style similar to true Porto, Heitz is one good choice. So, too, is Beringer, which produces this style of wine from Cabernet Sauvignon.
But the REAL place to go is Prager -- they make 6-7 different wines similar to true Ports. Some are produced from Petite Sirah, but others are produced from traditional Portuguese varieties. Tacky website, but: http://www.pragerport.com/
I never recommend V. Sattui, but if you like Madeira . . . brave the crowds and get some of their version.
Yes, the Prager Port Works has a very corny website, but go to the winery and they will let you see their "other" website. If you do go, note that their driveway is marked, but the sign gets kind of lost in the bushes. I've gotten their white port as a gift for friends who can't drink red wine. Their tasting is nice because you can taste several different types of port (I had 8 on a recent visit).
Have a nice trip!
For CA port-styled wines, I really like the Beringer varietal offerings, and often pour one in a Port tasting, just for the counterpoint.
Meyer's Family (Silver Oak) port is a nice wine, as is the BV, though it is tougher to find, even at the winery.
I have had Prager port, and found it lacking, but I understand that a stop there is well worth the visit. Besides, you may appreciate their port-styled wine, more than I do.
Elsewhere, Geyser Peak has done some nice port-styled wines, that I have enjoyed.