Winery Visit: Castello de Amarosa – 9.1 -James Melendez

Every detail in this medieval Italian castle is not just a façade but a heartfelt homage to an evocative style and historical period.  In many ways it was that destination that you could only find in California.  There is an admission charge just for viewing the property but it is completely worth it.  This structure is in complete harmony with it’s surroundings.  This is a project of Dario Suttui

Now the wines are generally both an homage to both Napa and Italy—so what better place to find a super Tuscan.  This winery produces Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and their Il Brigante is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sanvgiovese, Zinfandel and Merlot.  I need a re-tasting of their latest vintage to write up.  I look forward to a return visit.


Castello di Amarosa

4045 N. St. Helena Highway

Calistoga, CA  94515

(707) 967-6272



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I love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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