Comfort Inn Calistoga, Hot Springs of the West
1865 Lincoln Ave.
Calistoga, CA 94515
Phone: (707) 942-9400
Fax: (707) 737-0350
Laura Zahtila prefers to concentrate on small production to maintain consistency, which is why Zahtila Vineyard is a small, beautiful three-acre piece of land concentrating on growing Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon vines. The French and American-oak aged wines are retailed from the vineyard, though club members receive up to a 15 percent discount. Weddings and picnics are also held on the premises.
Organic farming and wine-making is the hallmark of Helena View Johnston Vineyards. What started off as just appreciation for good wine has grown into a winery of exceptional Bordeaux Red varieties. The winery and tasting rooms are tucked into full grown trees with a cave built in for the storage and maturing of wines. The winery also buys top quality fruits from the neighboring farms to make its signature wines. You'll need to call ahead for a tour.
Calistoga Cellars welcomes you to taste the wines at their tasting room in downtown Calistoga. Relax on the patio with a glass of Calistoga Cellars wine. The focus is to make you not only want to enjoy the wines on a daily basis, but to be a part of the wine making family.
Situated close to restaurants, two state parks and shopping in the Napa Valley, this spa offers guest rooms with kitchenettes, spa treatments, separate bath houses for men and women, four outdoor mineral water pools, exercise and aerobic rooms, and a conference room with a wet bar, kitchen, Swedish fireplace, and an outdoor deck. Spa services include volcanic ash mud baths, mineral and steam baths, blanket wraps, and massages. Limited maid service is available.
In 1987, the Calistoga Inn gave birth to Calistoga beer and the Napa Valley Brewing Company. The Inn was the first establishment to brew beer commercially in Napa County since the days of prohibition. It brews four principle beers: Calistoga Wheat Ale, Pilsner, Red Ale & Porter. In addition, other seasonal beers are brewed throughout the year, such as the Kolsch, IPA, Pale Ale & Oatmeal Stout.
This is the place where the famous author of "Treasure Island" and "Kidnapped" spent his honeymoon in 1880, and where his cabin still remains. This area also offers a five mile hiking trail to the top of Mt. St. Helena.
The small winery is located in the picturesque Napa Valley at the erstwhile Greenwood Ranch. The estate sells around 8000 cases of wines. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Syrah are sold while they're still aging in the barrels. The barrel storage facility doubles as a tasting room, where complimentary tastings are held by appointment. While the property is relatively free from tourists, Vincent is amiable and the staff personally shows those interested around.
Consisting of a 38 acre vineyard and a winery and cave complex which was designed and built specifically to vinify only Eisele Vineyard grapes, this Chateau style wine property is a world-class winegrowing estate and it produces organically grown fruit to make a singular wine of the highest caliber and distinction.
Venge Vineyards is located in the foothills of the Palisades Mountains. This landmark winery features a beautiful vineyard. Wines range from Syrah to Merlot, and regular events bring the winery to life. You can only visit if you make a reservation in advance. The friendly service and delicious wine will make the tasting a pleasant experience.
The wines of Rudy and Rita Von Strasse, including single-vineyard bottlings, are grown in the Diamond Mountain District of Napa. The early Californian property reflects the owners' expertise and techniques, which include French oak aging and aerative racking. The vineyard also takes pains to conserve the soil quality by eliminating chemical pesticides, planting cover crops, and optimizing irrigation techniques. Tastings and tours are available by reservation.
The name "old faithful" is most closely associated with the Yellowstone Park geyser, but it is actually used to describe any geyser that erupts on a regular schedule. Napa Valley's version is a blast! Boiling hot water shoots 60 feet (18.3 meters) into the crystal blue sky, while spectators gather casually round and gasp every 30 minutes or so. Driving by, you might mistake this for a tourist trap, a little worn down, more than a little tacky from the outside; but rest assured, it really is worth the price of admission. Don't miss the poor little fainting goats on the side, and the fascinating exhibit on geyser eruptions and earthquake predictions. Seek out owner Olga Kolbek; she's a gold mine of fascinating local lore.
You've sampled it, now see how it's been depicted through the ages with this tongue-in-cheek recap of wine in history using artwork as the guide. Jan Shrem, owner of the vineyard, presents a multi-media show dedicated to all things wine, in a talk that draws upon his expertise in the subject, as well as his sometimes wicked sense of humor. Learn more than you thought possible about how the grape has shaped civilization, while sipping some of the winery's fine vintages in the Cave Theater, which is an underground vault carved from the winery's volcanic bedrock. It's viniculture without the snobbery.