At the top of Napa Valley, Calistoga sits right in between Napa and Sonoma counties. It’s different. It’s wine country, but life in Calistoga doesn’t feel like it revolves around grapes and vineyards. It’s about water, wine and mud, and not necessarily in that order.
Come September, Wine Country is packed with grape stomps, vineyard picnics, and harvest celebrations. The good news? Everyone’s invited. Whatever your pleasure, plan to book in advance as most parties sell out.
There’s really no arguing that Napa County does wine and does it well. The hardest part about getting a good glass of wine is often having to choose from the long list of choices. But tucked away on Spring Mountain above St. Helena, a winery is doing more than just make wine–they’re carrying on a family tradition and gaining fans with every sip.
The ten minute drive between the towns of St. Helena and Calistoga at the northern end of Napa Valley is an idyllic one.
Sure, Northern California Wine Country has good wine, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find there’s so much more to it than just a good glass of vino. Wine Country neighborhoods have a style all their own.
Sangria is far too often a haphazard mix of leftover wine, fruit, booze, and juice. However, with a little thought, it can become anything from a sweet summer treat to a deep, brooding cocktail. Here are some solid rules to get you mixing, and three prized recipes to seal the deal.
One of the best things about harvest time in Wine Country is all of the harvest parties that come along with it. Add pre-harvest parties onto the calendar and the phrase "life is good" comes to mind.
Like dessert, sweet wines come in every shape and size with flavors that range from chocolate and cherry to buttered popcorn. These classy treats vary as extremely in sweetness as they do in color and often pair perfectly with spicy foods and romantic moods. Here are ten of my favorites: