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Napa Valley: Calistoga 'passport' saves on wine tastings

November 25, 2011|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger

Visit Napa Valley in winter and you might want to bring along a passport -- a Winter in the Wineries Passport. It offers tastings at 17 wineries in Calistoga for $50. Don't worry; you don't have to sample all of them in one visit; the passport is good for several months.

The deal: The wine passport offered by the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce is good for one tasting per winery, and buyers must be 21 or older. Some area hotels and restaurants extend discounts to passport-holders too. Participating wineries include Sterling Vineyards, Castello di Amorosa, Madrigal Vineyards, Rios Wine Co., Zahtila Vineyards, Von Strasser Winery, Tomey Cellars and more.

When: The passport is good Dec. 2 to Feb. 5.

Tested: Wine tastings generally cost about $10 per person (that's the price at Zahtila Vineyards and Tomey Cellars). Using that as an average, savings would add up to $120 for those who sample all 17 wineries. Even if you hit just 10, you've more than gotten your money's worth. And the passport has little profiles of each winery and the types of wines each makes.

Contact: Winter in the Wineries Passport, (707) 942-6333

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