Only ten minutes from The Inn On First, a premier lodging Bed and Breakfast Inn in Napa, is the Coombsville AVA (American Viticultural Area), the newest appellation to be brought into the Napa Valley fold. We have had guests visit wineries there and one that stood out was Porter Family Vineyards. Set into the hillside, you walk along the vines, tour the property, and do the tasting in the cave. With such beautiful views of Napa Valley, it is hard to leave once you’ve been there, especially when you have a glass of their Atlas Peak Cabernet in hand!
From the hillside vineyards and underground winery, the Family makes small amounts of beautifully hand-crafted wines—each one carrying the unique signature of this place. They retain the fossilized footprints of the sandpiper found on the property as a reminder of the incredible history of the winegrowing site, as they turn their heads to the future and the latest in winemaking arts to craft our special wines.
We had an opportunity to try their Syrah with light cherry notes and light pepper. It brought to mind a juicy grilled pork chop that I would love to pair with this wine. The 1st Cabernet we tried had cinnamon-spice notes with a bit of smokiness. I liked it a lot. We moved onto their signature Sandpiper Red, a Cabernet-Merlot blend that had lovely black licorice flavors and notes of spice. It was their Atlas Peak Cabernet that we loved most of all. It was like having a cherry cough drop in your mouth- I loved it! Wines range from $40 to $70 dollars.