Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wine Country: Calistoga, Palisades Wine Company


Palisades Wine Company  3130 Old Lawley Toll Rd., (707) 942-8020.  Tastings/tours by appt.; $25-$45.  Tucked away in a little pocket valley known as Jericho Canyon, off a back road leading to Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, this informal winery opened for tastings just last year.  It is pot luck as far as what you’ll see when you visit.  You’ll get a personal tour and explanation and might even get to do a barrel tasting of a two-hour-old Sauvignon Blanc grape juice as I did.  All the wine-making and bottling is done here for four different boutique wineries—RARECAT, Amici Cellars, Meander, and Aiken.  The tasting room is located upstairs above the winery action, providing a chance to sample the various labels.  Bring a picnic if you like; tables are available down by a small spring-fed pond formed by a 9-year-old dam.  A scenic events space has views of the Palisades Mountains.


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image c2013 Carole Terwilliger Meyers  

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