Friday, December 16, 2016



Lombardi Wines crafts small lots of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the finest vineyards in the Sonoma Coast. Founded in 2013, Lombardi Wines honors a rich family history of wine, food and tradition. Small lots of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are crafted from the finest vineyards in the Sonoma Coast and are born from Passion, Inspiration and Family. To learn more and join the family of Lombardi Wines, please visit

A Sonoma County resident for over 40 years, I've been in the retail and wine industries since 1989. After leaving a ten year career managing Safeway retail stores throughout Marin and San Francisco, I took a leap of faith into the wine industry and haven't looked back.

Though the wine industry is ever evolving, it's still about the wine, the people, the lifestyle and our enthusiasm for it. PREVIOUS: PR for Kosta Browne Winery, Ascentia Wine Estates, J Vineyards & Winery



Calistoga readies for seventh Winter in the Wineries Passport Series

Explore and enjoy tastes from the top of Napa Valley through Feb. 5, 2017

The Calistoga Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau has announced the dates of its seventh Winter in the Wineries Passport Series, beginning Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, and running through Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. Calistoga’s Winter in the Wineries Passport program allows passport holders access to 15 wine tastings any time during this two-month period. Additionally, passport holders will receive special restaurant offers and discounts at several of Calistoga’s lodging properties and downtown shops.

Pre-orders for passports are available online: or by calling 707-942-6333. The passport price of $50 is valued at an estimated $300 in wine tastings alone and is considered the best value of tasting in Napa Valley, not to mention a great gift idea for the holidays!

With every passport stamped, passport holders are sure to enjoy the opportunity to swirl and sip in celebration of the Napa Valley’s Cabernet Season. Participating wineries include Calistoga’s boutique wineries and main street tasting rooms. Well-known wineries participating include Chateau Montelena, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Judgment of Paris, as featured in the 2008 Hollywood film, “Bottle Shock”. Another well-known stop is Castello di Amorosa, the authentically-styled 13th-century Tuscan castle, complete with torture chamber.

Now through Dec. 1, a contest to win two Passports, a two-night stay at Calistoga Spa Hot Springs Resort, a V.I.P. Tasting/Tour at Fairwinds Estate, and dinner for two at Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery will be available through the website. The winner will be announced Dec. 2 via the website.

“Winter in the Wineries Passport program is a great way for wine novices and experts to experience Napa Valley varietals and Calistoga’s unique offerings,” said Chris Canning, executive director of the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce and Welcome Center. “We are excited to welcome another year of the passport series as a great way for visitors to leisurely explore and sip through the city during Cabernet Season.”

Passports are available to pre-order online at or by calling the Welcome Center, 707-942-6333. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of Calistoga’s Winter in the Wineries Passport Series both personally and to give as the perfect holiday gift for wine lovers to experience the intimate nature of this charming community. Passport holders are encouraged to share their Winter in the Wineries experiences on social media using the hashtag: #TastesFromTheTop

For more information about Calistoga’s Winter in the Wineries Passport program and participating wineries, log on to or call (707) 942-6333.

About Calistoga Chamber of Commerce
The city of Calistoga is a Napa Valley town known for its natural geothermal waters, popular spas, relaxed atmosphere, adventures hiking and biking trails, wide variety of wineries and great dining. For information about lodging and dining options, local wineries, spas and events in Calistoga, visit You can also find Visit Calistoga on Facebook at, Twitter @VisitCalistoga  and Instagram at VisitCalistoga.



Hi-Time Wine Cellars is a family-owned retail store located in Costa Mesa, California. Founded by Fritz Hanson and his brother-in-law Jim McVay. Hi-Time opened its cellar doors in 1957  at its original location on 17th and Irvine in Costa Mesa, California. In 1984, the Hanson brothers moved to our present location in Costa Mesa where they built one of the largest underground temperature-controlled wine cellars in the U.S .

This 3,000 square foot underground temperature-controlled cellar now includes a selection of 10,000+ wines from many different wineries from all around the world. This selection represents the world's finest growing regions from such diverse areas as California, Oregon, Washington, France, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Germany, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, Eastern Europe, South Africa, South America and Portugal.

The recently re-designed store now has a retail space of 24,000 square feet. We added many new and exotic labels to our selection. Along with our selection of rare wines you will also discover hard-to-find spirits, espcially in the Bourbon and Scotch aisles, and exotic liquors from all over the world. In addition, we offer a comprehensive selection of North American micro-brews along with some of the best beers the rest of the world creates. Our walk-in beer refrigerator offers over 1,200 different beers from 25+ different countries. Our walk-in tobacco humidor holds over 500 different cigar brands and sizes as well as a great selection of pipes and fine pipe tobaccos.  We also offer gourmet foods, specialty chocolates, cheeses and charcuterie.

We are proud to have been able to serve our customers for over half of a century. Our goal is to provide our customers with one of the largest selections of fine wines and rare spirits from all over the world, at competitive prices and without sacrificing the quality of our customer service.


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