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Great water and even better wine

Calistoga is probably best known for it's bottled water and it's hot spring spas. But even better are some of the wineries located in this village at the northern end of Napa county.

One of my favorite wineries is Clos Pegase. Founded by publishing magnate, Jan Shrem and his late wife Mitsuko, the winery is dedicated to creating world class wines and hosting international art.

Pictured is the entrance to the winery with a phenomenon rarely seen by the public that comes to the winery. Most people don't come during the rainy season but that is when you'll see the design of the winery in action.

The roof was created such that during a heavy rain all four corners would drain such that the falling water would converge on the sculpture below. It is quite the sight to observe.

During the "off season" wine club members are offered insider tours of the winery where they get to see what goes on day by day as the wine matures.

Pictured are empty American Oak barrels waiting to receive the years harvest still in the steel tanks pictured in the background.

Clos Pegase probably has one of the finest art collections outside of the San Francisco Art Museum. The owner and his late wife were avid collectors and patrons of the arts.

The painting and sculpture collections that are found around the winery are worth the trip. The great wine just makes the visit more enjoyable.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Excellent wine
  • Cons:How could there be...
  • In a nutshell:One trip is just not enough.
  • Last visit to Calistoga: Sep 2010
  • Intro Updated Aug 7, 2011
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  • garridogal's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Great opening photo! I zipped through Calistoga briefly, years ago. Would love to return!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    I see it's a wonderful spa and a nice place to visit...Thanks for your story!~

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