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It was a pretty big deal when an unknown Calistoga winery upset the French in a 1976 blind tasting, electrifying the world and putting Napa Valley wines on the international map. Winemakers have known since the late 1800s that this part of the valley is a spectacular wine-growing region.

It was a really big deal in 2009 when winemaker Bo Barrett from the same Calistoga winery that beat the French (let’s say it again!), Chateau Montelena, won another landmark victory: this time getting the government to officially recognize Calistoga as its own designated grape-growing region, or AVA (American Viticultural Area). The Calistoga winemaking community is immensely proud to be the 15th Napa Valley AVA, but they’ve known this official measure of respect for their superior product was long overdue.

Whether you’re at a world-renowned winery, a high-end cult cab tasting room or a brand-new micro-boutique, you’ll find your Calistoga wine tasting experience to be welcoming, unpretentious and memorably delicious.

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