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Calistoga—The Other Napa

360 Magazine Culture Editor Tom Wilmer reports from the town of Calistoga in Napa Valley.

Mention Napa Valley and the first thing that comes to mind for many is wine, world-class wine. The Valley has been producing fine wines for more than a century, but it really wasn’t until a cadre of Napa wines kicked-ass at the now legendary Judgment of Paris in 1976 that things started to go viral.

A bind tasting—that the French just knew would reconfirm their illustrious worldwide status, was crushed when Napa Valley wines rocked their boat. Napa Valley winners included Stag’s Leap, Heitz Cellars, Clos du Val, Ridge Vineyards, Freemark Abby Winery and Mayacamas. Chateau Montelena’s legendary Chardonnay led to the cool film, Bottle Shock that humorously chronicles the classic event. And the French are still pissed.

Today, Napa is a viral destination for wine seekers from around the world. In some respects Napa Valley has become a victim of its own success. During the height of the summer travel season you’ll likely encounter bumper-to-bumper traffic on the main artery, highway 29 wending through the Valley—and wine tasting fees sometimes exceed $80 per person—without a credit applied to a subsequent purchase.

So, the caveat is try and plan a trip during the off-season to avoid the lines and traffic. But there’s also a semi off the radar Napa, and that’s the town of Calistoga in the Valley’s northern reaches. Calistoga is home to the legendary Chateau Montelena Winery, and iconic health spas with historic thermal mud baths that date from the town’s post-Gold Rush roots as one of California’s oldest spa destinations.

A drive through downtown Calistoga along Lincoln Avenue is like taking a trip back in time. There’s a palpable Mayberry R.F.D., small-town feel that’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Outstanding is the historic circa-1868 Napa Valley Railroad Depot (California’s second oldest train depot), and ample historic architecture throughout downtown–with many structures dating from the late 1800s. A palpable bonus is the locals’ welcoming, and truly friendly attitude toward visitors.

 

Anchoring the heart of Lincoln Avenue is the Mount View Hotel that has graced downtown Calistoga with its Art Deco motifs since 1919. Hotel owner Michael Woods is such a passionate community booster that he donates 50 percent of the hotel’s profits to local and regional nonprofit organizations.

Woods and his family have gone to great lengths to seek-out authentic Art-Deco furnishings and lighting to maintain and enhance the hotel’s vintage period-ambiance.

Derrick, General Manager at the Mount View shows off the Art Deco motifs at the hotel.

A bonus of a stay at the Mount View is the full-service spa—with a modern twist on the iconic mud bath. Out back there’s an inviting swimming pool (heated year-round) and detached, quaint cottages.

Flanking the hotel’s lobby on one side is a sports bar, and on the opposite flank, the Veraison restaurant specializing in locally sourced cuisine, and of course, an ample wine list of locally produced specialties, including a selection of wines produced by restaurant owner, Dan Kaiser’s parents.

 

Click here to listen to the KCBX/NPR Podcast to listen to the Mayor of Calistoga talk about his passion for his town

Click here to listen to the KCBX/NPR Podcast to listen to the story of the Mount View Hotel

 

Wine tasting can be a fun and unpretentious experience in Calistoga–like at Tank Garage located in a repurposed gas station.

Wine tasting is fun at the Tank Garage Winery in Calistoga


The 13th Annual Kosher Food & Wine Experience Returns to New York

Tri-state oenophiles and foodies will be the first to savor the newest in fine kosher wines, spirits, and creative cuisine all under one roof at the 13th annual Kosher Food & Wine Experience (KFWE) New York (http://thekfwe.com), on Monday, February 11, 2018. The popular event returns to Pier 60, Chelsea Piers (23rd St. and West Side Highway, NYC). Doors open to the public at 6:30 pm. Trade/media hours are 12 noon – 4:00 p.m.

KFWE New York is hosted by NJ’s Royal Wine Corp., the world’s largest producer, importer and distributor of kosher wines and spirits. New York’s premier kosher showcase will feature more than 400 intriguing kosher wines and spirits from around the world as well as trend-setting cuisine from leading kosher chefs, caterers, restaurateurs, and gourmet specialty companies.

The 2019 edition promises more samples of the latest products, limited editions, and Passover delicacies than ever before, and tickets are expected to sell out quickly.

This year’s spectacular wine selection represents all price points, from the Stoudemire Private Collection from Israel ($260 SRP) to Don Alfonso Sauvignon Blanc from Chile ($7.99 SRP). Consumers will be able to sample interesting new varieties from France, Italy, Spain, Israel, Australia, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Washington, Oregon, and California. All wines on offer are kosher for Passover and year-round.

One notable addition to this year’s line-up is the Stoudemire Grand Reserve from the cellars of NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire. Made from premium grapes from Kfar Shamay vineyards in the Upper Galilee, only 1,680 bottles of this Cabernet-Petit Verdot blend were produced.

Bordeaux will once again take center stage at KFWE 2019. “Those who attended KFWE last year will remember the impressive showing of 2015 vintage Bordeaux,” said Gabriel Geller, wine blogger and PR Director for Royal Wine. “Experts say 2016 was another exceptional year, even surpassing 2015. We’re very excited that these magnificent wines are returning to the spotlight.”

Royal is also showing some brand new wines made for the first time in a kosher run. According to Geller, highlights include:

  • Château Clarke, Listrac-Médoc 2016: The Rothschild family and Royal Wine celebrate the 30th anniversary of this flagship wine with a first kosher run of the estate’s Grand Vin.
  • Château du Tertre, Margaux 2016: This outstanding 5th Classified Cru from Margaux, owned and operated by Château Giscours, has come out with its first kosher cuvee.
  • Château Giscours, Margaux 2016: The first Grand Cru from Bordeaux’s left bank made a kosher run in 1993. Geller says the winery’s 2016 – its tenth kosher production – is perhaps its best yet.
  • Château Lascombes, Margaux 2016: The first kosher cuvée of this second growth Margaux was a sensation at KFWE last year. “The 2016 is a model of class and elegance,” according to Geller.
  • Petit Guiraud, Sauternes 2017 and G de Château Guiraud, Bordeaux Blanc 2017: One of the most venerable First Cru sauternes estates, Château Guiraud, has returned the kosher wine world after a 16 year hiatus.
  • Château Saint-Corbian, Saint-Estèphe 2016: Kosher wines from the Saint-Estèphe appellation are a rarity. This wine features the classic characteristics of the region at an affordable price tag.
  • Château Montviel, Pomerol 2016: This amazing Pomerol from the respected Vignobles Péré-Vergé estate returns to the KFWE after an absence of several years. “When the winery released a 2014 kosher cuvée,” says Geller, “it was long sold out before the show. Do not miss out on tasting it!”

Other Noteworthy Offerings
Herzog Winery will show its finest wines and even some library wines at KFWE. The company has been producing award-winning wines from the most prestigious vineyards in California since the 1980s. “Quality is everything. Kosher is just something we ‘happen to be,’” said Jay Buchsbaum, Herzog’s Executive Vice President of Marketing and Director of Wine Education.

  • Herzog Special Reserve Albariño 2017 plays into the increasingly trendy Albariño, a Spanish white grape variety. It is just one of Herzog’s finest wines being shown at KFWE.
  • Ramon Cardova Albariño 2017: Another Albariño entry, this hails from its original terroir, Spain’s Rías Baixas DO appellation.
  • Royal will introduce two 2017 vintage Burgundy wines: Domaine Ternynck Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay and Bourgogne Rouge Pinot Noir.
  • Pacifica Riesling 2017: From Washington state comes an off-dry Riesling with a German-style profile.
  • Secret Reserve Malbec 2016: Shiloh Winery produces this rich Israeli wine with ripe red and black fruit notes.
  • Teperberg Providence 2013: Bold and complex, this New World blend is the new flagship wine from one of Israel’s largest wineries.

KFWE Gourmet Food
Dozens of gourmet kosher restaurants, chefs, caterers, and food companies will serve up delicious fare including sushi, kosher poke, bison, organic beef and BBQ, and mouthwatering desserts from chocolates and parve ice cream to cakes and cupcakes, among many others.

KFWE Exclusive Trade & Press hours:  12:00 noon – 4:00 pm
KFWE-Open to Public/Press: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm; Tickets at: http://thekfwe.com

About Royal Wine/Kedem
Since 1948, Royal Wine Corp., also known as Kedem, has been owned and operated in the United States by the Herzog family, whose winemaking roots date back eight generations to 19th century Czechoslovakia. Headquartered in Bayonne, NJ, today Royal Wine’s portfolio of domestic and international wines range from traditional wine producing regions of France, Italy and Spain, as well as Israel, New Zealand and Argentina. Additionally, Royal Wine Corp.’s spirit and liqueur portfolio offers some of the most sought after scotches, bourbons, tequilas and vodkas as well as hard to find specialty items such as flavored brandies and liqueurs.

The company owns and operates the Kedem Winery in upstate New York, as well as Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard, California, a state-of-the-art-facility featuring guided wine tours, a fully staffed modern tasting room, gift shop and catering facilities. Additionally, the winery houses the award-winning restaurant Tierra Sur, serving the finest Mediterranean inspired contemporary Californian Cuisine. Follow Royal Wine on facebook.com/RoyalWineCorp/, and instagram.com/royalwinecorp/, and twitter.com/royalwinecorp