Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Still on the Hill

If you are visiting the Napa Valley and want a different winetasting experience, visit Charbay on Spring Mountain. Charbay is best known for its distilled spirits but also makes wine. When you visit, you'll learn about the distilling process; however, California law prohibits Charbay from letting you taste spirits. You will be able to taste their wine, some of which are unlike any other wines you will find in the Valley. When I visited yesterday, I tasted their Green Tea and Pomegranate Aperitifs, both of which were delicious. I also tasted Charbay's Pomegranate Dessert Wine. When I tasted this wine by itself, I found it a bit cloying. However, once ice was added, it was delicious. I also tried it mixed with egg nog, which was like drinking cheesecake.

Charbay is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For a $20 fee, you'll get an education taste a sample of still wines, ports, dessert wines, and aperitifs. The drive from St. Helena to Charbay up Spring Mt. road is curvy. Allow yourself 15 minutes to get to the winery. Better yet, take a private Napa Valley tour with Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel and we can make Charbay one of our stops. For more information, phone (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail

1 comment:

Jenni Karakasevic said...

Thanks Rick, we hope to see you soon!

Also wanted to mention our latest discovery - equal parts Charbay Pomegranate Dessert Wine & Sparkling Wine - in a flute or over ice, AMAZING!

Have a great holiday!

Jenni Karakasevic