While the idea of a castle in Calistoga may be appealing to some, having been to real castles deters a bit from the novelty of this winery. I suppose it would be a good place to tour with the family, especially with the farm animal section, but as a wine taster, it's a horrible place to go. The tasting rooms are crowded and noisy, and because of the "family" tourist nature of the place, filled with children. In addition to the noise, the hosts are busy pouring to large amounts of people, and after a cursory "this is aged in oak barrels for XX months", they're off to handle others. There is no personal attention or a feeling of comradery with other patrons that you'd have at a smaller winery, but instead a "move 'em in, move 'em out" mentality. Worst of all, and the only thing I can't forgive, is the flies. Not only are several buzzing around the head while tasting, if you look up at some of the wrought iron chandeliers, there are very unattractive fly strips hanging. In fact, it was jokingly pointed out by one of the hosts. Definitely not a place I'd recommend to anyone serious about tasting wine. Sad, because the view is lovely and it would probably be a lot more fun were it not like trying to enjoy wine in a Disneyland-type situation.