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Last Day in Calistoga

Today we rode our bikes over to Chateau Montelena. If you've seen the movie Bottleshock, or if you know about the 1976 Paris blind tasting upset (also known as the "Judgment of Paris") when a California Chardonnay won first prize over its French competitors (unthinkable!), then you'll probably have heard of this…

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“America’s House of Sparkling Wine”

Schramsberg Vineyards was founded in 1862 and they make sparkling wines in the traditional French method (méthode champenoise), where the wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle. (All champagne and most sparkling wine is made using this method — also referred to as méthode traditionnelle.) Anyway, one of the tour/tastings…

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