Throughout the Napa Valley, wine tasting is top of mind. Added value comes into play when you visit the top of the Valley, in Calistoga, and stay at one of several mineral springs spa resorts such as Calistoga Spa Hot Springs, Roman Spa Hot Springs, or Indian Springs Resort. It is here where you can take your time to enjoy a little spa time…detox to retox, right? Once refreshed, time spent strolling downtown will most likely lead to aromas wafting from an eclectic variety of restaurants — and the realization that it’s been awhile since breakfast. Why not stop in for a satisfying plate of steak frites at Brannan’s Grill or grab a tri-tip sandwich from Buster’s Southern BBQ? Once you’ve satisfied your hunger, you may need a hike along the Oat Hill Mine Trail to burn off those calories.
But as the sun dawns, your thirst for wine-tasting rises. Before it gets too late, your plan may be to head to one of the wineries you’ve been wanting to explore, only to find out it’s after 4 p.m. and the winery is closed. By all means, you can head to a happy hour inside a restaurant like Bosko’s Trattoria and get a glass of wine or sample a wine flight, but stopping at an actual winery or tasting room was what you truly desired. Don’t give up just yet! You can satisfy your lingering desire at any one of the below wineries that stay open later than 4 p.m.
● August Briggs is open until 5 p.m. and invites you to their comfortable and sophisticated tasting room in downtown Calistoga.
● Bennett Lane Winery creates elegant wines, fruit forward in flavor and stays open until 5:30 p.m.
● Huge Bear Wines closes at 5:30 p.m. but until then, you can enjoy a welcoming walk-in to sip on wine made by an artisan winemaker “passionate about making exceptional, hand-crafted wines.”
● Maldonado Family Vineyards has a downtown tasting room open until 5:45 p.m.
● Romeo Vineyards & Cellars closes at 6:15 p.m. so you’ll have time for a glass or a bottle with friends and family beneath awe-inspiring, century-old redwood and cedar trees.
● Sterling Vineyards is open until 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. A ride on the aerial tram offers a picturesque view of Calistoga and its rolling vineyards as you make your way to the top to a perfect environment for absorbing the view and sipping on exceptional wines.
● Tamber Bey Vineyards closes at 5 p.m. and wines are best tasted while admiring the horses on its Sundance Ranch.
● Twomey Cellars, sister property to Silver Oak Cellars, is open until 5 p.m.
● Vermeil Wines is open until 5:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and open until 8 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays.
You know the saying, “When one door closes, another one opens?”… well it applies to wine country, where you can enjoy time spent touring and tasting at wineries. Once the last winery door closes, you can head to one of many spots in Calistoga that offer happy hours to continue the momentum before dinner.