Monday, October 7, 2013

Wine Country: Calistoga, August Briggs Winery tasting room

August Briggs Winery  1307 Lincoln Ave., (707) 942-4912.  Hrs. vary.  Named for winery founder August “Joe” Briggs, this employee-owned winery has no dedicated facility.  All of the 15 wines across 7 varietals are made at another winery, where they lease space and equipment and then oversee and do everything themselves.  Sampling occurs here, in this tasting room, and most of the wine is sold directly to a dedicated group of wine club members   I especially enjoyed the light and refreshing 2012 Napa County Rose, the silky 2011 Carneros Chardonnay, and the 2010 Page Nord Napa Valley Syrah (the 2001 vintage was poured in the Bush White House).  A nice touch is that the label is silkscreened onto the bottle in 22-karat gold. 

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image c2013 Carole Terwilliger Meyers; image depicts winery-co-owner Colette Milliman pouring  

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