Bennett Lane Winery
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The Home of Powerful Reds from Napa Valley
Bennett Lane is one of several small, homey wineries that lie just outside the funky spa town of Calistoga, California. It is the last winery in Napa Valley, meaning that it is the furthest north. It's worth a stop, though, for a couple of reasons. One, the winery feels very friendly. The tasting room manager will share her love of the area, tell stories of growing up here, gush about the owners' hospitality, and share recipes that go with her favorite Bennett Lane wines. They offer chances to learn about wines, including days when visitors can spend time in the vineyards and actually taste the grapes right off the vine. Second, the wines are really good. Home to 34 wines that have scored 90+ points, Bennett Lane claims to be best known for their Cabernets (like the excellent 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon) and Maximus, a hearty red blend. Finally, the tasting fee is $15—a good deal in Napa Valley—especially, for this combination of down-to-earth atmosphere, outdoor tables with views of the surrounding mountains and vineyards, and great wines. Tours and tastings are available every day 10:00-5:30, and the winery is located just north of Calistoga in Napa Valley. January-February are great months to visit to see the vineyards full of yellow mustard flowers.
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