Calistoga Day 2

The second day in Calistoga, was an even bigger whirlwind of experiences then day one. I’ll keep the intro short and dive right into photos.

Breakfast at Hotel Bergson

We started the day with a breakfast at Hotel Bergson. It’s a charming boutique hotel, located in downtown Calistoga, so you’ll have no problem walking everywhere. The rooms are very well decorated, there is a fireplace and a large jacuzzi bathtub in each room, so pretty much everything you need to unwind after a long day of wine tastings.

Mud Bath and Massage at Roman Spa

Right after breakfast, we headed to Roman Baths for a mud bath and a massage. Calistoga is known for it’s natural springs and healing muds. The spa is also in downtown, so it was a quick 10 min walk from our hotel.

Summer's Estate

At 11 am, Evonne from Platypus Tours greeted us at our hotel, and we were off to winery number one –Summers Estate. The day started with a tasting of Rose, pictured above.

Summers Estate has a spacious picnic area, overlooking Mt. St. Helena, with plenty of sitting

You will find Rose, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Petit Syrah here, but their signature wine is Charbono.

After, finishing tasting in the main room, we got a sneak peak into the cellars and got to try a barrel tasting, from the winemaker himself – Ignacio Blancas, who’s been with the winery for more then 15 years.

Tamber Bey

Tamber Bey Winery is unlike any other winery in Napa Valley. The winery is located at the Sundance Ranch in Calistoga, a world-class, 22-acre equestrian facility that is dedicated to training top performance horses. And did I mention the wine is absolutely incredible!

This is the comfy outdoor tasting area, overlooking a beautiful garden setting and Mt. St. Helena. If you decide to come, you can schedule your visit here.

Another, great thing about this winery, is you can bring your own food and have lunch here. Lunch was included into our Platypus tour, so Evonne, who also happens to be a chef, prepared an an amazing assortment of sandwiches, salads and mini crostinis with cheese

Chateau Montelena

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If you have seen the movie Bottleshock, then you are already familiar with this world famous winery. In 1976, when the world believed, that great wine only comes from France or Italy, there was a blind tasting competition in Paris. The winner amongst white was a Chardonnay from Chateau Montelena.

The grounds are very spacious, there is a beautiful lake, build by a family that lived here in the 60s.

Here is the winning Chardonnay at the Judgement of Paris competition.

Laura Michael Winery

Laura Michael winery is an absolute must stop during your trip. It is small family run winery, where you know each single vine gets personal attention. You will find a Chardonnay and a Rose here, but what is truly outstanding here are their Cabs and Zins, complex and sophisticated.

Dinner at Brannan's Grill

What a day! 4 wineries in a day is would not be possible without our amazing guide Evonne from Platypus Tours. She lives in Napa, follow her on Instagram @napawinecountry for a daily, insider’s look into the wine country.

We finished the day with a very filling dinner at Brannan’s Grill in Calistoga downtown. This lamb shank was everything at that moment!