Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Calistoga AVA Celebration!

Congratulations to Calistoga on their long-awaited AVA status!

On Monday, April 20th, Napa vintners and community leaders gathered at Chateau Montelena to celebrate Calistoga's recognition as one of America's most historic wine places. Speakers included Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena, Linda Reiff of the Napa Valley Vintners and US Representative Mike Thompson.

Word on the street was that Representative Mike Thompson, who was integral in having the Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) of the US Department of Treasury recognize Calistoga as an AVA, had given Washington, DC politicians a run for their money on the topic of Calistoga during a congressional hearing. In his opening remarks (see video, above), he referenced the hearing but couldn't recall giving the men a 'drumming' - well, we've got the original hearing video to prove it and we'd like to thank Mike Thompson, Bo Barrett and all the people who played a part in the Calistoga AVA for their unwavering commitment to putting Calistoga on the AVA map!

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