T-Vine Winery in Calistoga, CA
Why Passport holders should visit T-Vine Winery in Calistoga during Winter in the Wineries 2015-16. #TastesFromTheTop
Tank Garage Winery in Calistoga CA
Why you won't want to miss out on Winter in the Wineries 2015-16 Passport Series in Calistoga
Sonoma / Napa Valley Wine Experience - Alpha Omega Winery
Our final stop on the Sonoma / Napa Valley Wine Country Experience -
Alpha Omega Winery. Last but definitely not least. This up and coming Winery is producing some amazing wines. Checkout the video, but more importantly checkout the wines. Special Thank yous goes to owner Robin Baggett & Michell, Winemaker Jean Hoefliger, the lovely Chelsea, Michelle Smith and our kiWW Global Sommelier Bruce Barrett
Wine Review: Napa Valley Meritage | Italics Winegrowers #NoDumpBucket
888 282-1353 Alright, it is Friday! And if it's Friday, it must be #nodumpbucket. Now, I look pretty casual today because I have my Florida shirt on. Last week it was Texas because of Harvey. This week it's Florida because of Erma. Next week I do not want to be wearing a Louisiana shirt or a Georgia shirt. This is in honor of all the folks where Erma is crashing down on them very very quickly. I have family, friends down there. I would like you all to take every caution you can.
Let's talk about what we are tasting. It is Cabernet! There are so many Cabernets right now on the site at cellarangels.com. You cannot go wrong. This is the first time we've ever featured Italics. First of all, an incredibly cool bottle. It's etched. It is called Fifteen. Now, it is a 2010 but its call Fifteen because they've used all fifteen sub-appellations in Napa Valley. Unheard of. Very, very cool. The folks at Italics know what they are doing with wine. They have Steve Reynolds as the Winemaker, from Reynolds Family Wine. Steve has been in the business a long time and a descendant of a father who is a serious collector and a serious wine person, so Steve grew up in it naturally. But he's also a managing partner at Italics.
This is a southern Coombsville AVA located winery. The Angel Bonus Offer is a private cave tour with case purchase.
Specifics on the wine: 799 cases. Since they are blending 15 appellations, they are big believers in luxury boutique wine. Luxury Bordeaux-style wine. 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 6% Cab Franc. A hint, 1% Petite Verdot. First I need you to see this color. Dark, beautiful, beautiful almost violet. Deep dark violet. Bright red rim, which defies its age. It has seven years of age. Gorgeous. Not bright cherry but dark cherry. Good tannins. Not gripping tannings, but soft. You can taste them. Long finish. I'm going to have to have another sip of this. It also has dark ripe plum. Alright, that's ridiculous. Hints of vanilla. Hints of cocoa. And also a hint of cedar. The vanilla from the oak but not overpowering. If you've ever walked into a humidor and you walk in and get the gorgeous tobacco smell, a little bit of that. Or if you open up a cigar box with a cedar inlay, also a little bit of that.
Let's talk about why I'm wearing this shirt. Because it is hurricane relief at Cellar Angels the entire month of September. Thought we were only going to have one hurricane. Turns out we have two, and hurricane season is just beginning. Hurricane relief is amazing and here's what's happening. Michael Dell, worth more than Cellar Angels, but we are catching him. He's already pledged $36 billion dollars. J.J. Watt, football player, his Go Fund Me campaign is off the charts, he's at $27 million dollars. He was trying to raise $200,000. J.J. Watt you are amazing. Michael Dell you are amazing. Cellar Angels, you can't see our contribution just yet, but don't feel bad Angels. You can't see Mark Cuban's contribution yet either. You can't see Chris Sacca's contribution. Two of my favorite people because they are entrepreneurs, risk takers, they are compassionate.
Cellar Angels is not going to give to one charity in particular, we are going to give to three charities that we pick at the end of September, but Angels, we need to catch them. Get online and buy wine at cellarangels.com.
Hope everyone is safe. Everyone be good to one another. Cook someone a meal like our friends at Mangia TV say. Bring the a bottle of wine. Can't do any of this without you. Thanks so much everyone for your support!
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Hot Air Ballooning-May 3rd 2010 1080p.mov
Shannon and I take our first balloon trip over Napa! May 3rd 2010.
Filmed with my Kodak zi8, edited with iMOVIE 9.
Songs from Soarin' Over California and Seasons of the Vine, both from Disney's California Adventure Theme Park
Lot 700 2017 Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon
Per usual with the top Cabs, we can't disclose much about the origins. The source winery produced Lot 700 from grapes grown in the stony volcanic loams of Calistoga's hillsides, and the wine comes from their $150/bottle program, carefully aged for two years in French oak. It showcases the efforts of top tier winemaking talent in the valley, and is a perfect example of what we do best - negotiate for elite wines and offer them at real-world prices.
Lot 700 opens with an incredibly perfumed nose of bright red cherry, raspberry and acacia flowers emanating from the glass underpinned by a mélange of olive, dark earth, and chocolate. On the palate, well integrated tannins make for an incredibly smooth mouthfeel with balanced acidity. Still a baby, the best is yet to come from this wine. With a healthy decant today, you'll find it eminently quaffable and incredibly approachable. For those with patience, the best is yet to come.
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Showing me what he's working with.
Napa Valley- Pride Winery
Beautiful view from a beautiful vineyard.
LARKMEAD - WINE TASTING NAPA VALLEY
Larkmead in Calistoga has existed in the Napa Valley for several decades, flying under the radar and gaining few accolades. In the last few years, the winery has undergone a serious revamp, including a brand new state of the art winemaking facility, a tasting room designed by Howard Backen, label redesign, and of course, a new winemaker Dan Petroski. Dan has been making waves in the valley since he started at Larkmead a few years ago- garnering 100 point scores and establishing the brand as a major force in the industry. The tasting experience is a serious one, at $100/person they ensure nothing short of perfection. The staff and zalto glasses are both perfectly polished, and the effortlessly chic decor makes for an elevated wine tasting experience for the serious connoisseur.
Winemaker Dan Petroski takes us around the property and through the current releases. He's a little camera shy so don't look for him in the video, but be sure to listen to the I'll Drink to That Podast with Levi Dalton that he was recently featured on in May for some additional info about him and his own label - Massican.
I'LL DRINK TO THAT PODCAST
GoPro Bike Ride - Napa Valley Morning Commute from St. Helena to Calistoga
This is my daily morning commute through Napa Valley, from my home in St. Helena to my job in Calistoga.
Also my first time trying out the GoPro HD Hero 2 (set at 720p, 30 fps)
(Sorry it is a bit shaky/bumpy -- I had it mounted with helmet strap, but my helmet was a bit loose... maybe that was a problem? Aside from the cracks and imperfect bike lanes in Napa Valley...) I'm going to try with a more snug helmet tomorrow
EDIT: No longer shaky, now just... warped and weird due to YouTube's anti-shake action. Any way to undo? Do I want to? I can't tell which version is worse.
Cameron Hughes Wine - See What We Do
We make luxury wines affordable by making discreet deals with the world’s top producers and making those wines available under our label at incredible prices.
We don’t own vineyards or a winery, so we’re not handcuffed to a yearly harvest or type of wine – our entire focus is FINDING the best wines and negotiating the best price, and we only buy “needle in a haystack” wines that make the cut.
Why wander the wine aisle and gamble on random bottles? We’ve already taken care of the treasure hunt for you. $100 Napa Cabernets for $30? $60 Pinot Noirs for under $20? It’s not ridiculous – it’s reality. Buy with confidence, because since Lot 1, we’ve guaranteed every wine we released.
VLOG 85 - Wedding Gig @ Springhill Suites in Napa Valley
VLOG 85 - Wedding Gig @ Springhill Suites in Napa Valley
Camera: Sony a5100
Video Editor: iMovie
Calistoga City Council Meeting 2019.10.15
City Council Meeting October 15, 2019
Trip to Napa Valley/വീഞ്ഞിന്റെ നാട്ടിലേക്ക് ഒരു യാത്ര/Castello Di Amarosa/Slice of Italy/63
A very humble attempt to do a Travelog inspired by the history of Castello Di Amarosa, a 13th century Tuscan Castle winery in Calistoga, Napa Valley, California. Mr.Dario Sattui is the owner of this 3 Acre Castle and surrounding 171 acres (I apologize for the wrong information given in the video).
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The gorgeous Grand Medieval Hall is a wonder with the walls completely covered by authentic-looking Italian frescos. An expert in this style of painting was brought over from Italy to do all the work.
The Castle include 107 rooms on 8 levels above and below ground. Underneath the castle are rooms and rooms, caverns really, with thousands of barrels of wine in various stages of fermentation, 95 rooms are dedicated to wine.Wine flows through the walls in the castle as it is gravity fed from the tanks down to the barrels below.
The tasting takes place in an atmospheric cellar, with guests comfortably seated at a long bar.
The standard tasting program allows you to taste 5 different wines from a full page of options. Cabernet, Merlot, Sangiovese, Pinot, Barbera and more in the Reds; Chardonnay, Pinots Grigio and Blanco, and Gewürtztraminer in the Whites, and a collection of dessert and sparkling wines.
Grapes for sparkling wines are the first to be picked, usually in early August,
Late-harvest wines are made from grapes left on the vine longer than usual, allowing them to get riper and produce more highly concentrated sugars. Harvesting of these grapes can last until December.
It was almost afternoon when we decided to drive down to Napa from Pleasanton. This trip was not pre-planned but it was a beautiful day, so we decided on a get-away from home.
We started at around 11:30am on this sunny October day and drove down onI-680 N.
We stopped in Benicia Town, approximately 40 miles from Pleasanton, to have lunch. Benicia is a waterside city in Solano County, California. This town once stood as California’s state capitol, before it ultimately found its home in Sacramento.Unfortunately we did not have time to explore the town, so we decided to make that another trip for another day.
Our lunch spot in Benicia was a Burmese cuisine called Aung Maylika. A small restaurant serving incredible food! We ordered ango Tofu (stir fried Tofu with pure mango, basil and onions), Red Curry, Rice, and Noodles. After scarfing down the delicious food, we continued our journey to Napa Valley!
The drive from Benicia to Napa Valley was very beautiful with vineyards everywhere, gorgeous landscapes, and terrific weather. With so much natural beauty, it’s no surprise Napa Valley welcomes nearly 3 million visitors each year. Hit the road for an easy, inexpensive way to see the picture-perfect scenes of Napa Valley, all from your car window.
We drove past downtown Napa Valley.
Once a sleepy residential area, the town of Napa is now a luxury destination with celebrity-chef restaurants, upscale lodgings, and manicured parks.
We planned to stop at the downtown on the way back
Castello di Amorosa, meaning ‘Castle of Love’, is the realization and epitome of an all-consuming passion. Fourth generation winemaker Dario Sattui built this authentically styled 13th century Tuscan castle winery to honor his Italian heritage and deep love for medieval architecture. He created the perfect blend of passion, culture, and roots.
Mr.Sattui went to Italy and other places in Europe where he sketched out features in various castles. He then shipped actual stone from Italy to Napa to build the castle. You cannot build an old castle with new materials. The nails, lamp shades, chains are all handmade the way they would in 13th century.
It is very surprising to know that Sattui had only $5000 dollars to begin with and his mom gave him 2000
It is beyond our imagination to achieve this big dream. There is no words to describe the perseverance and patience of Dario Sattui who is the owner of the castle. He spent almost his lifetime planning, building and preserving this slice of Italy in California, USA.
We didn’t get a chance to take the tour, we will definitely come back soon to do the tour. We want to see the torture chamber, fermentation area with massive stainless steel tanks, few rooms where the entire walls are built of the bottled wine from the years before they started releasing, great room and what not!
Remembering the words of Mr.Sattui on the way black....
You do something you love, you put your heart and soul into it. You put everything you have into it, people will see it and it will come back to you.
First you have to have a dream.Set your goals high, if you really want something go after it and you will get it.
California dreamer, Mr.Sattui’s life is a perfect example of success through perseverance, patience and passion.Hats off to you Mr.Sattui.
Mike + Emily: California Kids
Part 2: California Kids by Weezer.
I first heard this song around Easter three years ago and immediately, possibly through my subconscious, began using it as my alarm tone on my phone. Little did I know how important it would be for Emily and me.
The following Easter, we went to San Francisco and Napa for a vacation (a birthday present from Emily to me). On the Vine bus from Calistoga to Napa en route to the airport to fly back to Boston, we hatched the plan to pursue Emily's traveling OT career.
All along, we'd been waking up to this song most mornings.
In June, we began narrowing down the states we wanted to go to. In all, we were considering somewhere around 30 states, but somehow some force brought us the perfect placement for Emily in California. A month later, we were on on our way to Napa for a 3 month stint.
For those of you who don't know, neither of us had lived more than 2 hours from home and this would be the first time Emily and I ever lived together. This was the scariest thing we had ever done to that point.
When we got to Napa, our anxiety quickly subsided. We met so many fun, welcoming, truly wonderful people and reconnected with friends and family in the state, even discovering new and long lost relatives along the way. Our house was small, yet perfect, with a view overlooking a creek, a family of deer close enough to pet and even a pomegranate tree! It was a little slice of heaven for us. So much so, we decided to sign on for a second stint almost immediately, never wavering in our decision, despite living through the worst wildfire in the county's history.
After going back to Boston for the winter holidays and then driving cross-country back to Napa, we began our second stint. All of our friends welcomed us with open arms and loving hearts. We strengthened these friendship bonds and blazed our own trail as a couple, even venturing far outside our comfort zones ;-)
Easter again approached, and Emily's contract was up. With tears in our eyes, we packed up our home -- and it was truly our home -- and headed back east.
Then something special happened. While we were considering placements in various other states, Emily's same position opened up in Napa for June-August and we took it. We had an abbreviated two month placement there, staying with friends, dog/housesitting, and finally ending up in a pool house whose yard we shared with five adorable dogs. Though our time was short this placement, our memories will last forever, as we got engaged at Ehlers Estate, one of our favorite family-owned wineries in Napa, on July 7th, 2018. Of course, we immediately started planning the wedding.
When our time in Napa was up, we headed on a road trip down the eastern side of the Sierra Mountains, stopping in Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Mammoth Lakes, Sequoia National Forest and the Mojave Desert before taking up residence on the top floor of a farm house (complete with tractors on the ground level) on 42 acres of beautiful rolling hills in Buellton. Emily was working in Lompoc and we spent the late summer and early fall soaking in the sun on the beaches in Santa Barbara, a short drive from our house. We got to see Los Angeles, the hot springs of Avila Beach and got well-acquainted with the 5-6 hour stretch of the 101 from our house to the bay area. It seems no distance could keep us from our friends and family in NorCal.
After going back to Boston for the holidays, we landed a placement in Modesto - a small city that was close to so many great places. We got to visit Santa Cruz and Capitola, spend a weekend in Monterey, Pacific Grove and Carmel-by-the-Sea, learned our way around the vineyards of Lodi and made frequent pilgrimages to San Francisco and Napa.
Alas, with our wedding looming on the horizon and with our future destined to be in greater Boston, we decided this would be our last California placement -- and last travel placement as well.
So now, as we mournfully pack our bags for more humid pastures, we leave with the lessons the California Kids taught us deeply entrenched in our hearts and minds.
To all those amazing people (you know who you are), we say thank you! A million times thank you. Living with you all in California has changed us and made us better versions of ourselves. We will remember you all fondly and hope to see you soon. This video is just a small token of our gratitude for the amazing people who touched our lives in the Golden State.
With Love and Friendship,
Mike and Emily
Road Biking Napa Valley’s Dry Creek Road & Mt. Veeder Road Descent SE. A Grape Place to Ride bikes!
I don’t ride my road bike often for fear of the dangers that road biking may bring.. fear is no reason not to live and get out anyway! Today I wanted to capture one of my favorite Napa Valley road rides by taking out my mtb helmet with the full face chin bar attachment.. tho I may have looked ridiculous out there today i wanted to see how the chin bar mount looked from the road bike perspective. Hope you enjoy the ride and vibes I made to go along with the video!
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Calistoga City Council Meeting 2019-May-21
Calistoga City Council Meeting 2019-May-21
Calistoga Planning Commission Meeting 2018-December-12
Calistoga Planning Commission Meeting 2018-December-12
Wildfires in Napa Valley could raise the price of wine
The raging wildfires in California are also having an effect on us right here in western Massachusetts.