Sterling Vineyards

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Some people love wine (me) while others are not too fond of it, and my parents are the latter. So naturally, I took them wine tasting when they came to visit. I thought it would be a fun outing, they had never been to Napa and after the visit they were wine lovers! Well not lovers, but enjoyers of un-oaked chardonnay and dessert wine, the starter kit. Taking them to Sterling Vineyards didn’t hurt either. This place is gorgeous!

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They have a charming gondola that you take up the hill (my dad’s favorite part). Up top you cruise through a self guided tour of the facilities with wine stops along the way. I loved that it was a ‘go at your own pace’ kind of tasting, you could chat with the staff (aka the cute little French old man) and take in the views as you go.

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The building on the hill is beautiful, it’s filled with art alongside the barrels and the tour ends on a huge patio overlooking the valley.

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If you get the VIP access, you go up to the very top of the hill to the tasting room. Here we sat on a different patio, in the middle of a forest, and tasted their select wines. All were delicious to me and my parents finished most of their glasses – victory!

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If you are looking for a vineyard in Calistoga, Ca I would definitely recommend Sterling. It was such a good experience all around – great wine, great views, easy tasting.

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