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Stories from Calistoga Ranch

Learn Work for Your Wine

vineyard

I've never had a green thumb, but I have an annual tradition of flying across the country to turn my fingers purple. Every fall during Napa Valley's harvest, Juan Luis takes me in as one of his own to show me the ropes of the winemaking process at Calistoga Ranch. Every day, I work outside from sunrise to sunset, pruning vines where honeybees buzz about fields full of fragrant, supple grapes. If I pass Juan Luis' ultimate vintner's test, I even get to take a few bottles home for myself.

Crush Lover Stayed Fall 2018
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Go I Found Napa Valley's Best Cabernet Sauvignon

couple biking

I came to Napa Valley to find the region's best Cabernet Sauvignon - a full-bodied varietal with just the right combination of jammy black currant and blackberry notes and tobacco, licorice, vanilla aromas. But I wanted to work for it. Rising to the challenge, Calistoga Ranch heeded the call by turning my red wine dreams into a custom curated bike map. What Cabernet Sauvignon took the top spot? That's an answer you'll have to work for.

Adventurer Stayed spring 2018
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Eat Wine and Condiments

vineyard in the winter

We can thank mustard for Napa Valley's coveted wine notes, as this unlikely seed provides vital nutrients and phosphorus to our beloved grapes. Though the golden plant didn't always grow in Napa, every year from January to March, our vineyards are blanketed in an alluring amber hue, which coincidentally fuels the condiment stand at roadside hotdog outpost, Gotts. You don't even have to wait in line to savor a Niman Ranch Fearless Frank, a dog topped with cheddar cheese and house-made chile - and, of course, mustard.

Local Insider
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Play Baby Goats are Napa's Unsung Heroes

goat

Unlike us, goats prefer grass and weeds over grapes and wine. This is why baby goats are the true unsung heroes of Calistoga Ranch. When brother and sister duo, Jack and Jill, aren't bobbing and bucking about, they upkeep the property grounds by munching the grass to manicured perfection. Though this ancient technique has been around for centuries, environmental studies show these feisty babes reduce our carbon footprint by naturally maintaining and fertilizing our vineyards.

Happy California Goats
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Do Put it On the Golden Retriever's Tab

dog and tomatoes

It's 5 o'clock somewhere, and at Calistoga Ranch, I'm the official Yappy Hour host. When I'm not climbing in the fountains for an afternoon drink or racing through the property grounds to greet guests on their arrival, I'm the official good-time golden retriever. Donning my shiniest collar and slicking my golden coat to perfection, I welcome my canine friends to the most exclusive cocktail hour in Napa Valley. If you bring your human as a plus one, they can even have a cocktail, too.

Local Puppy
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Go I Know Napa Valley's Most Picturesque Point

field

It took a bit of sweat to reach Napa Valley's most picturesque lookout, a summit I wanted to photograph by morning. That's why I hit the under-the-radar private hiking trail near Calistoga Ranch with my husband by 9 a.m. sharp to reach the sleepy hill only locals know. Because I was a guest at Calistoga Ranch, I gained access to an exclusive property tour, ending at the vineyard's tasting room for a custom food and wine pairing menu. It's true what they say - it's all about who you know.

Happy Couple Stayed Summer 2018
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Play Dog Days of Napa

dog

I get antsy on long drives to California's wine country. There's only so much panting I can do from my backseat perch as we drive down the winding country roads before I'm barking in anticipation of what awaits me on my arrival at Calistoga Ranch. Bacon - crisp, greasy, delicious slices of bacon - hidden throughout the hotel's vineyards. I mean, I even get my own in-room dining menu with bones and treats. This is no ordinary dog's life for me.

Lucky Pet Stayed spring 2018
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