Cheers: Calistoga's ‘Winter in the Wineries' Opens

Bundle up for a passport-tastic deal in and around the Napa Valley hamlet.

SELECTING THE MOST LIVELY LABEL... for a holiday-close gathering? That can be as easy, or as challenging, as thinking about what food you're serving, what the weather is outside, what your particular mood might be, or the various tastes of your various friends. Selecting the most lively location to sip far and quaff wide and find new wineries to obsess over and favorite wineries to continually support? Taking friends' tastes into account isn't necessary, unless they're traveling with you, nor is thinking about the food you're serving, as going to a location means you'll likely be dining there, and won't be fussing in your own kitchen. How to make that selection, though? You might peruse what's happening at some of wine country's most major spots, and one of the most major happenings is back for another cooler-weather run. It's...

WINTER IN THE WINERIES, in Calistoga, and it opens for a long, long stretch on Saturday, Dec. 1. When we say "long, long" we simply mean that this passport-fun to-do won't wrap before the third day of February, giving vino-appreciative visitors the chance to really use that passport up in the way that it should be. Your passport gives you the opportunity to call upon 17 wineries and try wines in a complimentary fashion, hurrah. The wineries? They include Romeo Vineyards & Cellars, Laura Michael Wines, and several others. The price for all of this amazing passport-a-tude? It's sixty bucks. The chance to book a package built around this popular annual must-do? That chance exists, oh yes. 

IF YOUR HOLIDAYS... are far too hubbub-y, and the chance to sneak away with a pal to this pretty slice of Napa-Valley-dom tempts, then be tempted. After all, giving into this particular temptation is likely easier than selecting a wine, at home, that all of your friends can totally agree upon.

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