December's Featured Varietal - Port

Sunday, December 1, 2013 - Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Each month, Livermore Valley Wine Country highlights a varietal in our region.

VISIT, LEARN, TASTE and PAIR from one of our 50+ wineries!

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Bent Creek Winery
Big White House Winery
Charles R Vineyards
Crooked Vine Winery
Dante Robere Vineyards
Eagle Ridge Vineyard
Eckert Estate Winery
Fenestra Winery
Garré Vineyard & Winery
Las Positas Vineyards
Les Chenes Estate Vineyards
Little Valley Winery
Longevity Wines
Mitchell Katz Winery
Murrieta's Well
Occasio Winery
Page Mill Winery
Rios-Lovell Estate Winery
Rodrigue Molyneaux
Stony Ridge Winery
Tamas Estates
Wente Vineyards
Westover Vineyards
White Crane Winery

Port wines are typically served as a dessert wine and can be characterized as a sweet red varietal.  However, these wines are also widely produced as dry, semi-dry and white wine variations.  These wines are made from a number of varietals including: Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Zinfandel (to name a few).

Also called late harvest wines, these deep elixirs provide a sweet end to any meal, while retaining just enough acidity to remain refreshing.

Try Port wines with nuts - almonds and hazelnuts - as well as chocolate tortes, vanilla custard, peach cobbler and ricotta cheesecake.   In general, aim to pair these sweet wines with sweet desserts and light wines with light desserts.

To learn more, visit or © Wine Institute