Thursday, April 12, 2007
Calistoga AVA Still Pending
Two grandfathered wineries are holding up the creation of a long awaited Calistoga AVA in Napa Valley. Calistoga Cellars and Calistoga Estates both use the Calistoga name but are not located there nor do they use 75% of grapes from the would-be viticulture area. The current law does not allow wineries to use misleading names but since these wineries were in existence prior to the 1986 law they are grandfathered in. Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena has been leading the charge for a Calistoga AVA and is even trying to line up grape sources for the wineries that don’t meet the requirements. And so the saga continues.