Wine Tasting

Happy Anniversary to KnitsbyWhit!!! I can’t believe that I have had this blog for one year already. Thank you all for reading and I hope to have another wonderful year blogging.

Well it is finally Spring Break!  My mother is visiting from Virginia so we decided on a day trip to do wine tasting . If you have never been to Napa Valley it can be a little overwhelming in terms of choosing a winery to visit.  There are so many! Many friends have told me great things about the “castle winery” or Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, CA.  So we hopped in the car and took a two-hour journey up US-101 North.

The location of the castle is beautiful. It sits on one of the many rolling hills surrounded by grape vines, wildflowers, and mountains off in the distance.  We opted to take the guided tour of the castle which included a 45 minutes wine tasting. The castle was finished in the early 2000’s, but was designed in a Medieval style. The owner used stones from local California quarries as well as bricks from Europe. It included 121 rooms, a huge courtyard, a great hall, and farm animals. We also got to view the underground tunnels where the wine barrels are stored. The castle also had authentic touches such as an armor display room and a torture chamber (yikes!). As for tasting, we has a sample straight from the barrel as well as a private tasting of the many other wines they sell.  The wines were pretty amazing. I am usually a white wine drinker, but the Cabernet Sauvignon was one of my favorites of the day.

There are many wineries to choose from in Napa, however, this one really was an experience. If you are looking for a little history/culture with your wine, I would defiantly recommend a stop at Castello di Amorosa

 

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