Castello di Amorosa Winery and Castle

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The next stop on Erin's wine tour was the beautiful and amazing Castello di Amorosa.  While driving towards the castle we made our attempts to make dinner reservations for that evening, but almost every place we had in mind was either closed for the season or booked until like 9PM, so we decided we would wing it when the time came and take our time until then.

We hit some traffic en route to Calistoga and I tried to use my impeccible sense of direction to avoid it...but I guess sometimes it's better to sit in a little traffic.  We didn't get too, too sidetracked, and managed to see a lot of the side streets of Saint Helena on the way at least!

We made it to the castle but the next tour was quite some time away, so we opted for just the reserve tasting and our own self-guided tour.

View of the vineyards from the castle ramparts
  We explore the grounds, mooched a little information from the tour that we happenned to encounter, and then found our way down to the tasting area and area where September's ball will be held.  I'm looking forward to being back here under formal circumstances with Erin in September :-)

We stepped up to the tasting bar and were greeted like old friends.  Had some nice conversations with fellow Yankee haters (Red Sox fans) and the got into the tastings.

Here we were each entitied to 5 tastes and 4 reserve tastes.  Our bartender took care of us and at times split up the tastes, and in the end, we each were served 11 wines, but tasted 15 in total!

1) Pinot Grigio
2) Chardonnay
3) Chardonnay Reserve
4) Pinot Bianco
5) Erin: Gewurztraminer "Dry"
    Brett: Gewurztraminer "Dolce" - Though we each preferred the other's!
6) Sangiovese 
     Merlot
7) "Il Brigante" Cabernet-Merlot blend  
     Napa Valley Cabernet
8) "La Castellana" Reserve Super Tuscan Blend
9) "Il Barone" Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
10) "Il Raggio del Sole" Muscat
      "Il Passito" Late Harvest Semillon
11) Late Harvest Gewurztraminer Reserve

Another thoroughly enjoyable experience!  And I can't wait to come back again!

poohstanggt says:
The bartender? LOL. We prefer to be called "pourers" HAHA. LOVE the castle and so happy to share it with you. Can't wait to see you in a tuxedo there in September! It will be so grand! Hopefully we will get you in a tux more than once! :-)
Posted on: Feb 01, 2009
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Inside the castle
Inside the castle
View of the vineyards from the cas…
View of the vineyards from the ca…
Arriving at the castle
Arriving at the castle
Arriving at the castle
Arriving at the castle
Castle entry
Castle entry
Arriving at the castle
Arriving at the castle
Castle patio
Castle patio
Castle vines
Castle vines
Castle vines
Castle vines
Stirling winery from the castle
Stirling winery from the castle
Dining room in the castle...not su…
Dining room in the castle...not s…
Dining room in the castle
Dining room in the castle
Dining room in the castle
Dining room in the castle
Dining room in the castle
Dining room in the castle
Dining room in the castle
Dining room in the castle
Castle courtyard
Castle courtyard
Well in castle courtyard
Well in castle courtyard
Hey honey!
Hey honey!
Wine tanks
Wine tanks
Barrel storage
Barrel storage
Knights room
Knight's room
Knights room
Knight's room
Knights room
Knight's room
Knights room
Knight's room
Knight! Knight!
Knight! Knight!
Outside the castle
Outside the castle
Outside the castle
Outside the castle
Thanks for everything, honey!
Thanks for everything, honey!
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