Clos Pegase winery got its start in 1983, when former book publisher Jan Shrem bought the vineyards. Shrem sold the winery to Vintage Wine Estates in 2013, when he was 83 years old. Today, it boasts one-of-a-kind architecture, a generous art collection and sculpture garden.
Designed by renowned architect Michael Graves, the building itself is worth a look. Step inside and you'll marvel at the winery's world-class collection of fine art.
And that's not all. Take some time to stroll around the sculpture garden. In fact, bring your lunch for a picnic in the vineyards. (Call ahead to reserve a table.)
Clos Pegase winery offers a truly spectacular experience. It also happens to be one of the few Napa Valley wineries to allow weddings on its property.
The wine list includes: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Here are just a couple glowing reviews:
2010 Chardonnay 93 Points, Wine Spectator: "Opens lots of flavor doors, with rich fig, tropical fruit, smoky, toasty oak and apricot notes. This is impressive, dense without weight, ending with a roasted marshmallow aftertaste. Drink now through 2020."
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon 93 Points, Wine Spectator: "Serves up a generous mix of dark berry fruit, blackberry, wild berry and raspberry flavors that offer floral scents and tightly wound tannins that are full-blown, yet elegant and detailed, with a long, spicy finish. Drink now through 2020."
I highly recommend making a reservation and taking advantage of one of these special tastings.
1060 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515 * 707-942-4981 * www.clospegase.com
Open daily 10:30am - 5pm. The winery is closed for the big holidays. Check the winery's website for the latest schedule. Make reservations for tours and for tastings with groups of 8 or more.