Charbono! Calistoga keeps varietal alive and well

The San Francisco Examiner, February 4, 2018

Calistoga in north Napa Valley is a distinctive place to visit with surrounding mountain vistas, a quaint downtown, specialty shops and increasingly fine dining, geysers, mud baths, petrified forests and, of course, world-class wine.

Fine cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc are still on top, but local winemakers have been experimenting with other varietals since the early 1900s, including charbono, grown almost exclusively in the Calistoga area…

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Direct wine sales, Napa style

North Bay Business Journal, August 2017

If you make great wine, the world will beat a path to your door.

Such was the mantra for winemakers years ago.

But selling wine today is quite the opposite. Wooing wine lovers directly, enticing them with club memberships, special food and wine events, email blasts and more is essential, especially for small wineries…

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A wine trail in Napa Valley’s countrified community

Travel-worthy wineries in Calistoga, Calif.

USA Today, February 2017

As the crisp air of early December chills onlookers, a string of tractors festooned in colorful lights chugs down main street. Like Caesar in his chariot, Santa — likely a winemaker — sits astride a John Deere eliciting a mix of squeals and sighs from children. How does this scene of family-friendly, small-town holiday nostalgia fit with an industry that contributes more than $50 billion to the U.S. economy? Welcome to Calistoga…

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