Porter-Bass Vineyard & Winery
Going to Porter-Bass is like going to a winemakers house….oh, wait, because you are going to the winemakers house. The Porter-Bass family moved from upstate New York to this property in the 80s. The vineyards and structures were quite rundown, so they worked for several years to revive both. Their son, Luke Bass, became the winemaker after college and several other jobs in the industry.
As far as tastings go, this is likely the least pretentious atmosphere you can find in Napa or Sonoma. Sue, the owner, leads you through a casual tasting under the walnut tree in her front yard while her son Luke works in the background. We even saw his little son hop on the tractor with him. The family is very matter of fact in the way they talk about their wine and winemaking process. It’s simply their passion and part of their everyday life - which to us, was really unique.
Family run wineries are special in an indescribable way, but there is something even more endearing about coming to this family’s home and being amongst them for an afternoon. Sitting underneath the tree, sipping wine in lawn chairs is about as fancy as it gets at Porter-Bass, and that’s precisely why we love it. Their wine is fabulous too - typically you get to taste both the Porter-Bass estate label and their Poco a Poco line made from grapes from Mendocino County.
11750 Mays Canyon Road
Guerneville, CA 95446
Hours: 10am - 4pm daily (last reservation at 3pm)
Tasting fee: $15
Hot tips: Tasting fees typically waived with any bottle purchase, so snag a bottle from the Poco a Poco line to take home for just a few dollars more. Reservations are mandatory. Stop in nearby Guerneville for lunch.
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