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Calistoga—The Other Napa

360 Magazine Culture Editor Tom Wilmer reports from the town of Calistoga in Napa Valley.

Mention Napa Valley and the first thing that comes to mind for many is wine, world-class wine. The Valley has been producing fine wines for more than a century, but it really wasn’t until a cadre of Napa wines kicked-ass at the now legendary Judgment of Paris in 1976 that things started to go viral.

A bind tasting—that the French just knew would reconfirm their illustrious worldwide status, was crushed when Napa Valley wines rocked their boat. Napa Valley winners included Stag’s Leap, Heitz Cellars, Clos du Val, Ridge Vineyards, Freemark Abby Winery and Mayacamas. Chateau Montelena’s legendary Chardonnay led to the cool film, Bottle Shock that humorously chronicles the classic event. And the French are still pissed.

Today, Napa is a viral destination for wine seekers from around the world. In some respects Napa Valley has become a victim of its own success. During the height of the summer travel season you’ll likely encounter bumper-to-bumper traffic on the main artery, highway 29 wending through the Valley—and wine tasting fees sometimes exceed $80 per person—without a credit applied to a subsequent purchase.

So, the caveat is try and plan a trip during the off-season to avoid the lines and traffic. But there’s also a semi off the radar Napa, and that’s the town of Calistoga in the Valley’s northern reaches. Calistoga is home to the legendary Chateau Montelena Winery, and iconic health spas with historic thermal mud baths that date from the town’s post-Gold Rush roots as one of California’s oldest spa destinations.

A drive through downtown Calistoga along Lincoln Avenue is like taking a trip back in time. There’s a palpable Mayberry R.F.D., small-town feel that’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Outstanding is the historic circa-1868 Napa Valley Railroad Depot (California’s second oldest train depot), and ample historic architecture throughout downtown–with many structures dating from the late 1800s. A palpable bonus is the locals’ welcoming, and truly friendly attitude toward visitors.

 

Anchoring the heart of Lincoln Avenue is the Mount View Hotel that has graced downtown Calistoga with its Art Deco motifs since 1919. Hotel owner Michael Woods is such a passionate community booster that he donates 50 percent of the hotel’s profits to local and regional nonprofit organizations.

Woods and his family have gone to great lengths to seek-out authentic Art-Deco furnishings and lighting to maintain and enhance the hotel’s vintage period-ambiance.

Derrick, General Manager at the Mount View shows off the Art Deco motifs at the hotel.

A bonus of a stay at the Mount View is the full-service spa—with a modern twist on the iconic mud bath. Out back there’s an inviting swimming pool (heated year-round) and detached, quaint cottages.

Flanking the hotel’s lobby on one side is a sports bar, and on the opposite flank, the Veraison restaurant specializing in locally sourced cuisine, and of course, an ample wine list of locally produced specialties, including a selection of wines produced by restaurant owner, Dan Kaiser’s parents.

 

Click here to listen to the KCBX/NPR Podcast to listen to the Mayor of Calistoga talk about his passion for his town

Click here to listen to the KCBX/NPR Podcast to listen to the story of the Mount View Hotel

 

Wine tasting can be a fun and unpretentious experience in Calistoga–like at Tank Garage located in a repurposed gas station.

Wine tasting is fun at the Tank Garage Winery in Calistoga


Cooper’s Hawk Winery

 

Named Top U.S. Winery, Announce Partnerships with Celebrity Talent and Events : 

 

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, a lifestyle brand centered around wine, announces three major milestones: a three-year designation as the Official Wine Partner of the Screen Actors Guild Awards ® , its first-ever inclusion in Wine Business Monthly’s annual ranking of the top 50 U.S. wineries (they were ranked number 34), and a series of collaborations with food and wine icons. The company, which is experiencing rapid growth fueled by its 300,000-member Wine Club, has penned “Friends of Cooper’s Hawk” agreements with Anne Burrell, Richard Blais, Marcus Samuelsson, Tyler Florence, Fabio Viviani, Boisset Collection, Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Cooper’s Hawk has been hosting Friends of Cooper’s Hawk collaborations for the last 13 years, which include exclusive members-only dinners and wine pairings, as well as the co-creation of limited-production wines. The collaboration wines are sold in the restaurant and available as the Wine of the Month for Wine Club Members.

 

“Our growth is a direct result of our mission to enrich the lives of our Wine Club members,” says Cooper’s Hawk CEO Tim McEnery. “By associating our brand with high-profile events like the SAG Awards and providing access to culinary industry super stars, we strengthen the relationship between our customers and our brand.”

 

About Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants :
Founded in 2005 by CEO Tim McEnery, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants is built upon the belief that food and wine hold the power to forge lasting connections. A lifestyle brand focused on creating memorable moments that enrich lives, Cooper’s Hawk is a fusion of familiar elements – winery, modern casual restaurant, Napa-style tasting room and artisanal retail market – that has combined to create an entirely new hospitality experience. Cooper’s Hawk wines are sourced, blended, aged, bottled and distributed exclusively through Cooper’s Hawk, and have won over 400 awards.

 

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