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Enjoy a truly special day as a wine maker at Bennett Lane Winery in Calistoga! This private blending event is a most exclusive experience and features a vineyard tour, as well as a sensory evaluation seminar focused on Cabernet, Merlot, and Syrah. During your stay, you will have the chance to create your own unique bottle of red wine using the same lab techniques and equipment a wine maker uses.
Each of the 16 private cottages is uniquely appointed with the finest quality furnishings, soft linens, and plush down bedding on a luxurious king bed. Sink into overstuffed chairs by your own crackling fire or restore in a deep-soaking Jacuzzi tub for two. Filled with character and charm, these cozy cottages feature reclaimed hardwood floors from an old whiskey distillery, vaulted ceilings with skylights, and a front porch with wicker rockers for warm summer nights.
The private blending is the most exclusive experience at Bennett Lane Winery. Your weekend getaway will start off with a vineyard tour and a sensory evaluation seminar focused on Cabernet, Merlot, and Syrah, the principal components in Bennett Lane's signature red Maximus blend. During the blending, you will create your own unique bottle of red wine using the same lab techniques and equipment a wine maker uses.
Once you have finished blending, you will bottle, cork, foil, and label your own personal bottle to take away. This experience will be topped-off with a Bennett Lane Private reserve tasting and cheese pairing! The blending experience and tasting lasts approximately two hours.
In the evening, you can create beautiful memories at the wine and cheese reception, where guests mingle as they enjoy carefully selected artisan cheeses and favorite local wines. For a private alternative, you can enjoy amenities in your cottage and snuggle up on cool nights in front of your own wood-burning fireplace for an evening of romance.
Experience Napa Valley’s laid-back luxury in your private resort cottage nestled amid tall trees and lush landscape at Cottage Grove Inn. Tucked into the charming wine country village of Calistoga, this tranquil setting is just a short stroll to restaurants, cafes, boutiques and galleries.
Calistoga is a charming and eclectic town at the north end of the Napa Valley and an excellent gateway to Sonoma Wine Country, Alexander Valley, Russian River Wine Valley, and Healdsburg. Guests can stroll or bicycle from the Cottage Grove Inn to restaurants, wine tasting venues, shops and galleries. The local geyser is a brief drive or pleasant bike ride away.
Enjoy a buffet breakfast of freshly baked quiche, homemade waffles, fruit smoothies, pastries, and specialty coffee drinks on the lovely patio, an oasis landscaped with fountains and birdhouses beneath towering elms. Linger with an espresso on your private porch or join friends in the sunny breakfast room as you gaze out into the gardens. In the evening, you can enjoy a wine and cheese reception, where you can sample carefully selected artisan cheeses and favorite local wines.
Please book your flight to arrive at Sacramento International Airport (SMF), which is the nearest airport.