Deep in the heart of the Russian River Valley’s west side lies the sleepy Porter Creek Vineyards. Named for the adjacent Porter Creek tributary, which flows into the famed Russian River, this little slice of heaven is certainly worthy of a visit.
Untouched raw beauty surrounds the rustic enclave and old vines, with an array of dogs and chickens meandering about. Porter Creek Vineyards was founded by George Davis in 1977 and was planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay only. Today, Rhone and Burgundian varietals are organically grown on the steep hillsides and son Alex Davis handcrafts the wines in small lots.
The tasting room is both eclectic and funky, with a mesmerizing view of the forest and hills. I visited Porter Creek Vineyards at the 2015 Winter Wineland two-day event and was bowled over by the depth of the wines. [Read more…]