Fate was on our side as my wife and I stumbled across this little gem on Main Street and experienced one of the best wine tastings of our lives. Staying at the nearby Trailside Inn, it was recommended that we try some of the tasting stores in Calistoga. We were searching left and right as we walked past the historic downtown buildings searching for the tasting stores. Finding one, we were about to enter when a group of 5 walked in front of us and entered first. Having a bad experience at a crowded tasting room the day before, my wife looks at me and says 'Lets do the one next doors'. So we walked timidly into the W.H. Smith Winery tasting room and were warmly greeted by T'Anne. T'Anne was a delight, as we discovered our common interests in families, children, and wines. The daughter of the wine maker, she shared stories of growing up at the vineyard (in the hills above Napa Valley) and raising her own family. On the counter was a family photo album with photos of her family making wine including one of a teenage T'Anne stomping grapes. Priceless! They had a good variety of wine at what I thought were reasonalbe prices considering the small lot sizes. We'd recommend the Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet. Enjoy!
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