August Briggs Winery
During the busy harvest months, look no further for winery co-owners Colette Milliman and Matt Gacso than in the vineyards where the pair, alongside winemaker Jesse, can be found walking the vine rows ensuring their collective philosophy of hands-on, vineyard-driven winemaking is shining through in each small-lot harvested from the sites. The rest of the year, their time is spent at the winery’s boutique tasting room in downtown Calistoga welcoming guests to taste their eclectic portfolio of Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay along with unusual varietals like Pinot Meunier, Pinot Blanc and Calistoga’s ‘cult grape’-Charbono.
The winery’s production amounts are limited—mostly between 100-300 cases per wine—so joining their wine club will be key to accessing many of these micro bottlings. Matt, who oversees their marketing and sales, believes wine education should be fun and invites guests to experience their 90+ point wines through a series of red and white tasting flights starting at $10 per person. Each tasting is presented in a relaxed and homey atmosphere by friendly wine educators who are happy to offer as much in-depth information about the wines as you wish.
New! Tasting Patio Opens In May
After three years of working with the city on permits and construction, the tasting room’s new patio is finally complete and ready for guests to enjoy! Starting in May, the new, enclosed outdoor tasting area adjacent to the main tasting room makes for a cozy setting to sip on August Briggs wines or snack on a picnic lunch under the sunny skies of Calistoga. Feel like being pampered? The winery can arrange a delicious gourmet boxed lunch (24-hours advance notice) for you and your friends to enjoy with your tasting, so sit back and relax with a glass (or bottle) of Rosé while you delight in the freshly prepared wine country lunch. And on Friday and Saturday evenings this summer guests can kick back under the twinkle lights while enjoying their favorite wine. Also new this season are chocolate and wine pairings, a club member summer soirée and more. The tasting room patio is ideal for small gatherings like a wedding reception, anniversary party or just a casual get-together with some old friends. For more information on upcoming seasonal events or to reserve the patio for your special occasion, contact the tasting room at firstname.lastname@example.org.