Clarksburg-Grown Grapes Shine in Sonoma-Crafted Port and Grappa


If you’re an enophile, you know there are some great wines coming out of Yolo County. But the county’s grapes are also doing the region proud in other artisan-style beverages. Sonoma Valley Portworks has crafted Petite Sirah grapes from nearby Clarksburg into two delightful quaffs: The 2006 Aris, a single varietal/vintage/vineyard Port, is made from grapes grown along the northern Sacramento River by the Heringer family, which has been farming their land for six generations. This complex, richly pleasing port has sun-ripened blackberry aromas and flavors that will make you swoon, with sweet, heady notes strawberry jam, violet and black currant that make it a fabulous after-dinner treat. Portworks’ “Spirit of the Harvest” un-wooded 2006 Petite Sirah grappa is another knockout: Distilled in a copper Armagnac still, the grappa is aged in stainless steel and offers a marvelous, clean, bracing flavor with a shy hint of ripe blackberry and a lingering warm finish on the palate. If you’re interested in tasting or ordering these products, check out Sonoma Valley Portworks’ website.