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posted 04-07-2014 05:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi dkaygen,

Remember, you are up-valley. There is not much in the way of evening entertainment. Kind of like the Iowa farming towns, they roll up the sidewalk at sundown.

Now, if you still want to go to the Calistoga area, here are some suggestions:

First, watch the movie "Bottle Shock". The story is loosely about the '76 Paris tasting where the "hicks from the sticks" walked away with the major awards. Chateau Montelena was awarded first place for their '73 Chardonnay. Historically the movie takes a lot of liberties but a visit to CM and their "Bottle Shock" tour and tasting is very worthwhile just for the historical value. It is my opinion that the wines are average, but the visit is very worth while.

From there, I would drop down the Silverado Trail a short distance and taste at Venge Vineyards. The wines are very good, and the venue is very nice. If the weather is nice, you can taste out on their porch over looking the vineyards.

You can do lunch before Venge, or after, depending on the timing of the CM tour. There are several places in Calistoga to eat, but don't expect the class of restaurants as in Yountville or Napa.

A not to miss tasting in my opinion is Bennett Lane, on the north edge of Calistoga.
They have the best $35.00 bottle of wine in the valley, their Cab blend "Maximus". Their other wines are excellent also. No appointment needed here.

At this point, if you haven't killed your palate, their are several tasting rooms in Calistoga you can visit.

Hope this helps and if you need further info, give me a holler.



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posted 04-06-2014 07:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dkaygen     Edit/Delete Message
Hi all. My husband and I are planning a long weekend in early May. We only have two full days. We spent a week in Napa two years ago, so we kinda know our way around. Last time we concentrated on the valley and even hit a few wineries on Spring Mtn. This time I was thinking maybe we should spend a day up north of Calistoga. Any suggestions of wineries, restaurants or evening entertainment would be appreciated. Thanks.


posted 03-22-2014 08:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Always wonderful to read about your adventures in Napa Valley. Wish we could tag along as one of your party one of these days!! Until then, I will just be a name-dropper at these places


posted 03-21-2014 08:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
You can all look at our itinerary below. I will comment on a few tastings that I thought were outstanding.

VENGE - I always enjoy my visit and the wines at Venge. They have a nice variety and I particularly enjoyed their Cab.

PROVENANCE - We tasted the Hewett Vineyard which had a Cab rated in the top 100 Cabs. Nice seated tasting in a small room.

CAYMUS - Another very nice tasting. I believe they had No. 4 of the best 100 Cabs.

J. GREGORY - We had a wine maker dinner in their home. A wonderful experience. They had a chef come in and prepare the meal. Their 2006 Cab was tasting extremely well. We are club members. They offer wine tastings in their home hosted by the owners.

HARRIS - We were fortunate to taste in their home in the hills above Calistoga. A beautiful venue. My favorite is their Jake's Creek Vineyard Cab. I believe they make 4 different vineyard Cabs that are on their property. We are wine club members.

BENNETT LANE - Still the best $35.00 bottle of Cab blend in the valley.

KNIGHTON - I met Jim and Ann at a tasting at Vineyard 29 (you might also consider) 3 or 4 years ago. They sell some of their grapes to V 29, and they let him make his own label there. They make one Cab and you taste on their deck overlooking their vineyards. Very nice people.

TRESPASS - we have tasted here several times with Don the owner. A nice variety of varietals (am I allowed to say that?) from Zin to Cab. They are reasonably priced and one of the guys on this trip said they were about $30.00 per bottle low on their prices. You taste at picnic tables out in the vineyard. Their Winemaker is Kirk Venge who also has his own label and is up toward Calistoga. Another very worth visiting.

ANOMALY - Always a nice tasting in their cave. They also make only one Cab. We were also hosted by Mark Porermbiski for a tasting of his Zeitgeist label Cab. He is the winemaker for both.

O'SHAUGHNESSY - One of our favorite wineries. They make 2 Cabs, a Howell Mountain and a Mt. Veeder and both are rated over 95 points by Wine Spectator. They also have a very nice Chard. A little hard to find because it is off the beaten trail on Howell Mountain, but definitely worth the effort. We are club members.

BLACK SEARS - They had the top rated Zin a couple years ago and they continue with that tradition. They also make a Chard and a Cab. A tasting with Chris, the winery manager, is special.

HABER - we tasted as club members with Ron and Sue-Marie Haber in their beautiful home on a deck overlooking their gardens. Ron hosts the tasting, Sue-Marie prepares some tidbits to go with it. They make one Cab (maybe 2) and their name was mentioned several times by other wineries is the reason we went there. If I win the lottery, I will clone their home here.

SPENCE - Jacalyn Spence hosts the tasting on the deck overlooking their gardens and vineyards. They also make one Howell Mountain Cab. It doesn't hurt that they have two yellow labs as vineyard dogs! :-)

Use my name at any of these. I think all are worth tasting.


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posted 02-19-2014 04:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for WC Guest Services   Click Here to Email WC Guest Services     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Hawkeye, I would be extremely sad if you did not contribute to this message board. WineCountry.com now offers custom trip planning services for visitors to Napa Valley and Sonoma County. I find that people have questions on these boards that I can easily answer and am here to help and assist. We have learned so much from your trips to wine country, as well as the many other users. You have all provided great information on what works and what is fabulous and we certainly don't want you to stop offering your opinions and suggestions to other travelers. Please keep sharing! We would like to offer suggestions now and then and remind guests of our helpful tools (like our FREE mobile app to get around Napa and Sonoma). But, in no way do we want to change the great camaraderie that has grown over the years within these “ether walls”. I look forward to exchanging ideas with everyone.


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posted 02-19-2014 04:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lovenapa4ever   Click Here to Email lovenapa4ever     Edit/Delete Message
Absolutely loved our visit to Kelly Fleming winery last year--bought all four of their wies...also loved experience and wines at Kirk Venge winery


posted 02-18-2014 08:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Sounds like a wonderful trip, Hawkeye! So many new places! Just reading it makes me want to pack a bag and tag along


posted 02-17-2014 08:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
There is not much happening on the Board recently. I see where WineCountry.com has started their own "Guest Services" group, so maybe there is no need for us anymore.

Here is our itinerary for March 2014.
March 12
Venge Vineyards
Tamber Bey

March 13
Provenance Vineyards - Hewett Tasting
Caymus Vineyards
Hope & Gracew
Robert Biale
J. Gregory

March 14
Harris Winery
Bennett Lane
Kelly Fleming
Knighton Family Winery

March 15 (Happy Birthday)
Tresspass Vineyards
Chase Family Vineyards
Anomoly Vineyards
Zeitgeist Cellars
Redmon Winery

March 16
O'Shaughnessy Winery
Black Sears
Blue Hall
Haber Vineyards

March 17
Kelham Vineyards
Miner Family Winery

So, that is it, boys and girls. You can see that our itinerary is quite full . . . more than I would normally schedule in a day, but four of the people with us this year have never been to Napa and wanted to taste at as many wineries as possible.


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