Port is a delicious fortified wine traditionally enjoyed after dinner. Some Ports pair nicely with things like bleu cheese and others with things like a deep dark chocolate. Regardless of whether you prefer a Ruby or a Tawney, this article will point you in the right direction. The focus here is more on quality than quantity, as some of these bars and restaurants don’t have a vast selection. The following places will help quench your desire for the right bar to enjoy that sweet after dinner adult beverage.
Ficklin Wilcox
920 20th St.
Sacramento CA 95811
(916) 341-0240
www.ficklinwilcox.com

Ficklin Wilcox is a tasting room, absolutely leading the pack on this list. Ficklin Wilcox is without question THE place for lovers of Port in Sacramento to visit. Ficklin Wilcox has a wide variety of different style Ports available to be tasted and enjoyed. Check their event calendar for opportunities to attend events like cooking demonstrations and second Saturday art events while tasting. Currently, the business is going through a change in management, so there will be other changes coming to the information provided on the site. For the most accurate depiction of what is actually going on, it is best to either call or just stop in.

The Kitchen Restaurant
2225 Hurley Way #101
Sacramento CA 95825
(916) 568-7171
www.thekitchenrestaurant.com

The Kitchen Restaurant is an experience in every sense of the word. It’s almost like dinner and a show at The Kitchen. Diners will become part of several courses served with a side of education. While the options are not endless, they are impressive, and Port at The Kitchen becomes a perfect end to a perfect evening. Truth be told, the selection of overall choices for dessert wines and after dinner wines at The Kitchen is quite hearty. Give them a call, make a reservation, bring your appetite and remember, this is not a place where you go if your goal is a quick bite and a beverage.

Revolution Wines
2831 S St.
Sacramento CA 95816
(916) 444-7711
www.rwwinery.com

Revolution Wines is a cool little spot. This is a small, local tasting room with lots of urban appeal. In addition to a nice variety of tasty wines on the list, there is also a bistro menu available. While you are sipping your wines, you can order small plates, large plates or plates to share with your guests. Revolution has one Port which is their 2008 St. Rey LBV Port, and in a word, it is beautiful. If what you want is a laid back, relaxed atmosphere where you can end it all with a delicious Port, this is your spot.

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58 Degrees
1217 18th St.
Sacramento CA 95811
(916) 442-5858
www.58degrees.com

58 Degrees is a unique venue. This is the only spot where you can enjoy your wine in a great setting and also not only pay to have your wines professionally stored but managed as well. Themed wine tastings with guest winemakers are posted on their site. In addition to having beer available, 58 Degrees also serves lunch, dinner and brunch. The tasting room offers several true Port selections, offering a nice cap on your visit.

The Old Sugar Mill
35265 Willow Ave.
Clarksburg, CA 95612
(916) 744-1615
oldsugarmill.com

The Old Sugar Mill is a staple for those looking to taste wines of all kinds. A must-attend event is their annual Port, Wine and Chocolate Lover’s Weekend, which usually takes place Valentine’s Day weekend every year. While you can taste year round at The Old Sugar Mill, this is one event that needs to be put in your calendar, especially if you love Port. The Old Sugar Mill is only a short drive from Sacramento in Clarksburg and worth the trip, as you can easily spend the entire day there.

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As a hospitality professional Andy Soto has worked every facet of the industry. He currently leads the team at Spectrum Restaurant Consulting. He started writing a hospitality blog in 2009 and restaurant writing for Sacramento Press in 2010. In 2011 Andy became a Sacramento Restaurant Examiner for Examiner.com. His work can be found on Examiner.com.