It’s time to tell you all about day two of our most recent trip to Napa. If you missed day one, check it out here.
Our first stop bright and early day two was Chateau Montelena. If you’ve never seen it before, you should check out the movie about Chateau Montelena’s story called “Bottle Shock.” Its a great movie and a great story not only about this winery but also about the entire Napa Valley, and California wine-making.
This winery is breathtaking. Keep in mind, it’s January so imagine this ivy in the spring and summer when it’s green.
The vineyards were so beautiful we had to stop and take some pictures…
And then of course, do a little tasting. They even took us on a little tour through the barrel room.
After our second tasting it was high time for some lunch. We stopped at Buster’s Southern BBQ.
The boys got ribs.
After lunch we headed out to Tamber Bey, which was my most anticipated stop of the passport wineries. The pictures I had seen were just beautiful, and it’s also an equestrian facility.
We had made an appointment here well in advance, and were asked several times to call and let them know if there would be any changes in our plans so that they could fill the appointment with other guests. I also received two emails from them confirming our appointment. I gathered from this they must be incredibly busy and a popular location for visitors. To our surprise, we had the entire place to ourselves. It was certainly as beautiful as the pictures had led me to believe. However, it did not live up to the hype and follow up that went with scheduling our tasting. The tasting was pleasant at best. And really only because we got to enjoy the incredible view and the ranch cats.
Laura Michael Wines.
We also got to meet both Laura and Michael. Husband and wife team, who were friendly, informative, and poured us really fabulous wines. My favorite was this Rose…
After that we headed down the road to another great winery called Lava Vines.
Our second to last stop of the day was this place right next door to our hotel.
It was a great way to wrap up our tasting adventure.
The Winter in the Wineries Passport turned out to be a perfect way to tour and taste in Calistoga. It was a great investment and led us to taste at a number of locations we may have overlooked at they not been a part of the event.
Calistoga offers so much to visitors, great restaurants, great wineries, and truly great people. It’s a small farm town community with a small farm town community vibe. It’s a pleasant and unexpected treat for those who otherwise might lump Napa into the touristy and snooty category.
If you find yourself in Napa, Calistoga is not to be missed.
Cheers as Always!