In honor of National #Chardonnay Day, here’s a list of wineries where you can grab a bottle, a case, or simply stop in for a tasting of Calistoga’s chardonnay!
Amici Cellars – Try the chardonnay at Amici Cellars, a classic with notes of green apple and pear framed by a hint of oak and butter.
August Briggs Winery – Try the 2014 Leveroni Vineyard Chardonnay, with a light golden color and aromas of poached pear, white nectarines, vanilla bean and pineapple.
Bennett Lane Winery – The Giacomo Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay opens with aromas of honey, melon and pineapple. On the palate it is rich and mouthwatering, with flavors of baked pear, vanilla and nutmeg.
Brian Arden Winery – Try the Reserve Chardonnay, partially oaked in French Oak Barrels for 9 months with a nice crisp finish. If you prefer unoaked, this winery also produces an unoaked chardonnay, aged in stainless steel barrels to promote a light, bright chardonnay.
Castello Di Amorosa – The Napa Valley Chardonnay at Castello di Amorosa has subtle flavors of apple and citrus, balanced with a buttery texture and slight toasted oak.
Chateau Montelena – Chateau Montelena’s chardonnay won at the Judgement of Paris in 1976 and the winery is still producing high-quality and award-winning wines. The Napa Valley Chardonnay has aromas of ripe peach, pear and cloves. On the palate, look forward to ripe melon, green apple, and fresh citrus.
Clos Pegase – The Mitsuko’s Vineyard Chardonnay has aromas of ripe mango, papaya, Meyer lemon, key lime, tarte tatin, white narcissus and beeswax, framed by spicy toasty oak.
Coquerel Family Wines – This boutique winery’s chardonnay has a bouquet of peach, pear, grilled almonds and a hint of flint (minerality). The palate is both creamy and firm. This is an elegant, well proportioned wine that should age gracefully over the next few years.
Davis Estates – The Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay has fresh and complex aromas of melon, green apple and cantaloupe gliding through a combination of citrus zing and rich toasted oak.
Enoteca Wine Shop – Stop in to select a bottle of chardonnay to purchase from an assortment of California and world chardonnay wines.
Fairwinds Estate Winery – This flirty and slightly acidic chardonnay has a good backbone to carry the rich flavors of white peach, vanilla, dill, tropical fruits and dried thyme to a long finish.
Girard Winery: Brand new to Calistoga, Girard Winery is a beautiful property on Dunaweal Lane, featuring state-of-the-art winemaking facilities, panoramic views of the Vaca and Mayacamas Mountains and spectacular wine.
Hans Fahden Winery – This Hans Fahden Chardonnay opens with notes of fresh nectarines, tangerine blossom, green pineapple, leading to hints of vanilla, maple syrup, and wet stone.