Wine Tasting in Calistoga, CA

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All "four" one and one "four" all. We've got four winery recommendation stops for your wine tasting itinerary in Calistoga! All boast gorgeous views and grounds, some really good wines, and will make for one memorable visit to Napa Valley Wine Country.

bennettLaneWinery2.jpgBennett Lane Winery
If you haven't heard of or tried Maximus, here's your chance to. Bennett Lane made a splash on the wine scene a few years back with this varietal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. Not only does it taste great, it's priced at only $35 a bottle - quite a steal! Stop by their tasting room for a taste and glimpse into the world of wine-making. Tasting fees are only $10 per person.  Bennett Lane also offers offer a more hands-on experience with their "Varietals Fruit Flavor" program where one you learn will learn in more depth the wine-making process, an aromatics lesson, and a custom blending session. See the site for more details.

castelloDiAmorosa.jpgCastello di Amorosa
It's become one of the most popular attractions in the valley. One is sure to fall in love with this 13th century Tuscan style castle with the "romance of Italy and the wines of Napa". Guests and visitors agree - a tour is not to be missed. They include a tour led by a Castle guide, a barrel tasting, and complimentary tasting of current releases and range from $31 - $41/per person. Tastings alone range from $16 to $26 per person. Advance reservations are highly encouraged as the winery can get quite crowded throughout the day. And who wouldn't want to attend a party, gala, or other festivities at such an amazing winery. Be sure to check out their calendar for events held year round.
chateauMontelena1.jpgChateau Montelena Winery
The grounds are simply beautiful and the winery architecture is quite impressive. They describe themselves as "a must for wine lovers seeking excellence, the setting is one of the most peaceful in the Napa Valley - a stone castle carved into a hillside overlooking a Chinese garden and lake and vineyards reaching out to the base of St. Helena". Visitors the world over agree. Add to that, the history of winning the grand prize in the historic 1976 Tasting at Paris competition that certainly made Napa Valley a region to be reckoned with, that's certainly more than enough reason to visit Chateau Montelena on your next trip to Napa Valley. Read More


sterlingVineyards.jpgSterling Vineyards
Sterling is no ordinary winery. If you've never been, you are in for a treat. Visited before, why not swing by again. The experience begins with an aerial tram ride that carries visitors up the hill to the winery which is perched 300 feet above the town of Calistoga. The panoramic views from the tram ride and from the winery itself are simply breathtaking. At the top of the hill, you step out of the tram and are greeted with your first glass of wine. Throughout your leisurely, self-paced tour featuring art galleries and a miniature walk through of the wine-making process from grape to glass, you are handed more glasses of wine to taste. Your final tasting ends in their bright and spacious tasting room. General admission is $25, but score a $5 discount HERE.

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Next time you're in Napa, stop at Back Room Wines, at Main and 1st. Dan specializes in small prcrdoeus, both Napa/Sonoma and Europe. Many $20 and under value wines, too. Tasting events are on Fridays from 5 to 8, but there's always something available at the tasting bar.

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