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The Pour House

Dry Creek Valley

Our Story

Nestled in the heart of the Dry Creek Valley our tasting room offers you the opportunity to taste the amazing wines of Optima Winery. Enjoy the day tasting limited production & single vineyard wines, charming picnic grounds and a bocce court with beautiful Wine Country views.

Winemaker Mike Duffy has been handcrafting wines for over 40 years. His extensive experience and wine making expertise shows through in each bottle he produces.

Reservations are suggested however walk in's are welcomed with availability.

 


Meet the Winemaker

Optima Winery - For Mike Duffy, owning a winery was the culmination of a labor of love and a dream fulfilled. Mike majored in enology at UC Davis, the Princeton of winemaking. In 1980, during his last year at Davis Mike landed an internship at Trefethen Winery in the Napa Valley, where he worked during an annual crush. He was soon offered a job as their Assistant Winemaker, and so moved by his enthusiasm, he decided to accelerate his education to finish his last year into two quarters. In 1983, Mike moved to Sonoma County to continue his pursuit of one day owning a winery. After several offers, he accepted the head winemaker position at Field Stone. There he worked alongside Andre’ Tchelistcheff, America’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker. He stayed at Field Stone for nine years while crafting a Cabernet Sauvignon for his newly launched Optima label. By 1997, Optima received high praise and had become self-supporting growing from 400 cases to 4,000, enabling Mike to devote all his attention to his life-long dream. This year will mark Mike’s 37th year making wine. His approach is simple, making wine that combines art and practicality. He loves the honesty and hard work of agriculture and to him, winemaking is the ultimate fusion of agriculture and art.

Amenities

  • Food & Wine Pairing
  • Wine Club
  • Scenic Views
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Indoor Seating
  • Picnic Area
  • Pet Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Outdoor Games
  • Unique Architecture
  • Gift Shop
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Large Groups OK
  • RV/Bus Parking

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