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Calistoga is at least 300 feet above sea level, with vineyards up to 1200 feet above sea level. The Calistoga AVA has the most extreme diurnal swing in Napa Valley of all AVAs, meaning the day time and night time change in temps is very large. Of all the soil series in Napa Valley, Calistoga AVA has the highest percentage of volcanic type soils. Cooling breezes come through the Northwest corridor above and to the west of the Calistoga AVA for cooling during warmer periods. Air movement in afternoons is a result of Mount St. Helena and Palisades “air pump.”

Get your holiday shopping done from your couch and buy wine from Calistoga wineries, some are offering specials on shipping, or gift box purchases.

Here is a sampling, and more Calistoga wineries can be found through the website of Calistoga Winegrowers association at

Kenefick Ranch

Kenefick Ranch is offering one cent ground shipping on orders of 3-12 bottles. For those having difficulty deciding what to gift they offer the Holiday Classics that includes a 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and a 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chris’s Cuvee for $85 retail, $68 for club members.

Storybook Mountain Vineyards

For the month of December, shipping will be included on all orders of three or more bottles. Plus a 10 percent discount off of 12-bottle purchases. Consider their Zinfandel Selection that is a three-pack of 2013 zinfandels for $150.

Summers Estate

The Summers Estate 2017 Charbono Holiday Gift Box, includes 2 bottles of Summers 2015 Estate Charbono and a Summers tile coaster for $70.

Tamber Bey

Tamber Bey has special gift boxes of one, two or three bottles wrapped with copper tissue or raffia. Or choose either a three-bottle or six-bottle wood wine box for a trio of Burgundy or Bordeaux wines.

They have some gift suggestions for you, too, and the price includes gift box and gift packing (plus tax if applicable and shipping).

  • “Split Duo”. Two half bottles, one each of the 2015 Rabicano and 2015 DCV Cabernet Sauvignon (375ml). $65
  • “Chardonnay for Two”. One bottle each of the 2014 Napa Valley Chardonnay and 2016 Unoaked Chardonnay. $80
  • “Three’s a Crowd”. One bottle each of the 2014 Napa Valley Chardonnay, 2015 DCV Chardonnay and 2016 Unoaked Chardonnay. $135
  • “Rabicano Vertical”. One bottle each of our Bordeaux Blend from 2013, 2014, 2015. $195
  • “Burgundy Trio”. One bottle each: 2016 Sun Chase Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2016 Walala Vineyard Pinot Noir and 2015 Deux Chevaux Vineyard Chardonnay. $210
  • “Signature Collection”. One bottle each: 2014 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 Sabino (Cabernet Franc blend) and 2015 Merlot. $290

August Briggs

August Briggs gift set includes wines made from grapes grown in Calistoga. This gift pack for $100 includes the 2014 Charbono, 2013 Petite Sirah and 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel, and offers free ground shipping.


The Weekly Calistogan Editor