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A Taste of Napa Valley History

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Napa Valley may be one of the most famous "new world" regions, especially for cabernet sauvignon, but grapes have been grown here for more than 100 years. To get a taste of Napa Valley for yourself (literally), tour Napa Valley's first cave (and sparkling wine house!) at Schramsberg; find out about the famous Paris Tasting of 1976 at Chateau Montelana and see what a modern-day Napa Valley family can do with four generations of winemaking history at the beautiful and scenic Charles Krug.
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1429 Tubbs Ln, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
Established in 1882, the Chateau has been carefully restored and maintained by the Barrett family (Bo,of Bottle Shock fame, is still making the wine) and was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The winery is famous for...
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1490 Library Ln, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Author Robert Louis Stevenson's connection to Napa Valley is celebrated at the eponymous museum, a modest building near the public library on the outskirts of St. Helena, and highlights the summer he spent squatting in an abandoned...
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1400 Schramsberg Rd, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
When you take a sip of Schramsberg's sparkling wine, you are tasting some of the very best in California—and you are also getting a taste of Napa Valley history. Schramsberg has been making wine in the same time-consuming and labor-intensive...
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1311 Washington St, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
The colorful history of Calistoga is front and center at the modest Sharpsteen Museum, whose exhibits cover the town's founding up to the early 20th century, including its time as a hot springs resort in the 1860s, and extensive dioramas show...
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1991 St Helena Hwy, Rutherford, CA 94573, USA
Inglenook (previously Rubicon) is the epitome of wine tasting in the Napa Valley. The elegant chateau is owned by the Hollywood legend Francis Ford Coppola (mastermind behind The Godfather Trilogy... but you knew that). The Coppola's have gained...
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2800 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Krug is an important winery for a couple of reasons: Founded in 1872, it is one of the oldest wineries in Napa Valley and it is here that Robert and Peter Mondavi had their infamous disagreement that led to Robert leaving and starting his...
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2555 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
The second location of the country’s best cooking school is not just for students. The Greystone campus was originally built in the 1800’s as a gravity flow winery cooperative (as the restoration continues, they often find bottles of...