Calistoga Wine Stop has been in business for 20+ years and has offered a tasting room since 2006. This shop is located on the south side of main street in the Calistoga Depot building just west of the Tourism Bureau almost across from the Cal Mart supermarket. Their extensive wine shop is located in an old railroad caboose car within the actual depot building. Other than the wine train in Napa which has their own wine shop this is the only other business in Napa with a wine shop plus a tasting room in an old train car! Their small tasting room is located just outside the Caboose car.
Typically the wines available for tasting do change and are wines from extremely small producers (boutique wineries). These wines are produced in small quantities and as a result are quite difficult to find. They concentrate on Napa & Sonoma wines, but sometimes wines from other Northern California regions are available for tasting. The focus of the wines for sale are from small producers, who you will never have heard of unless you are heavily involved in the local wine industry. That is not a bad thing! Their tasting counter/room is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday and tastings are conducted in the side room apart from the main wine shop. The labels vary at the tastings so you never know what wine labels will actually be available on any given day. Another note is that they only taste wines from wineries who do not have their own tasting rooms. Their prices always seem to be quite reasonable. They can ship world-wide.
The owner Tom Pelter has formed relationships with other area wineries and if a wine is not in stock he may be able to ship it at a later date. With lots of combined experience in the Napa wine industry the owners know the wineries they represent very well and are excellent resources for recommending food & wine pairings, what wines to cellar and which ones to drink now. In addition, they do hold wine related events from time to time. Lastly, ask about the owner’s own label called Pelter, a Cabernet Sauvignon. It is available exclusively for tasting at the shop and in addition, can only be purchased on site. Visit: www.calistogawinestop.net