Special occasion wine pairings

April 28, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Distinctive wines paired with some of spring's favorite treats such as strawberries, apricots, and walnuts! Port maker for Prager Port Works, Peter Prager, shares some great ideas to top off any dinner or brunch.

Wine/Port Prices:

  • Aria Port $48.50
  • Napa Valley Petite Sirah $38
  • Petite Sirah Port $32.50
  • Sweet Claire California $28
  • Port Chocolate drizzle $17.95

You can buy these items through www.pragerports.com.

  • Essencia Orange Muscat $20
  • Elysium black Muscat. $20

You can buy these wines at your local wine shop.

Pairings:

-Chocolate Sauce & Candy paired with Essencia Organce Muscat

-Assorted Cheeses like Blue and Gouda paired with Petite Sirah.

-Strawberry-Chevre Poppers paried with Sweet Claire Late Harvest Riesling.

-Candied walnuts, chocolate, and crostini with an apricot feta spread paired with the Aria Port.

Prager Winery & Port Works
1281 Lewelling Lane St.
Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-7078

For more information, visit www.pragerports.com

About Prager Winery & Port Works:
In our family winery full of funky charm we have produced dessert wines, table wines and our signature ports since 1980, when our parents, Jim and Imogene Prager, founded Prager Port Works on a small piece of land off Highway 29. The second Prager generation - Peter, Jeff, Mary, John, Katie and brother-in-law Richard Lenney - has since taken over. We can be found working as winemaker, winery manager, office manager, designer and more. You'll always find at least one of us to help you in the tasting room.

About Peter Prager:
At Prager, in contrast to other Valley wineries, they stop winemaking mid-process then spike it with brandy in the classic Portuguese style. Peter Prager, the port maker, is as down-to-earth as you get. Prager's ports come in lots of flavors, made from petite sirah, Napa Valley cab, chardonnay, and several traditional Portuguese varietals, both white and red.

Peter is also great at demystifying port, what it is and how it's made. There are currently seven of the family involved in the Port Works their parents began in 1979. You'll find them working as winemaker, cellar master, label designer, bottle etcher, and more. There's always one or two in the tasting room, and Great Grandpa Prager, now 99, even pitches in, raising a toast at Prager Port Club events. (Now, there's a tribute to the power of port!) The next Prager generation of 22 grandkids is not content to simply wait in the wings, either. Several of them already have Prager ports named after them.


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