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Charbay Winery & Distillery, St. Helena

4001 Spring Mountain Road
St. Helena , California
94574
Tel: 707 963 9327
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When you've had it with crowds, cabernet, and the pretense of the major wineries, book a tasting at Charbay Winery, a folksy throwback to the days when Napa's wineries looked like farms, not monuments. Founded by a 13th-generation master distiller from Serbia, Charbay has a cult following for its spirits and aperitif wines. Giant copper stills lie outside the garage-like tasting room, which doubles as the barrel room. During the sit-down tasting at a plastic table and picnic chairs, you'll sample unusual fortified and still wines. If you secretly add ice to your wine, you'll be delighted by Charbay, a Mendocino-grown chardonnay enriched with house-made brandy; serve it straight up as a dessert wine, or add ice and a twist for a smart and elegant aperitif. Do the same for the berry-rich rosé, and it tastes just like sangria. But the spirits are what make Charbay famous. California law won't allow you to taste them on-site, but trust us: The vodkas are fabulous, and some come flavored with bright fruit like blood orange, raspberry, or Meyer lemon.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 9 am to 5 pm.

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The perfect place to enjoy a sunny Fall afternoon

Charbay sits at the top of Spring Mountain and overlooks the valley floor below. The Karakasevics are true masters of their craft. Their fruit infused vodkas... more

Out of the way, but worth it.

The Karakasevics are true artisans when it comes to their craft. They have some of the best vodkas I have ever tasted and their Black Walnut Liqueur is amazing. ... more

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