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I love driving up into the Napa Valley in the late fall and early spring during the early morning. The weather is cooler and the roads are less crowded. On top of that the sun is lower in the sky and seems to create excellent lighting of the vinyards.
I found this scene in the northern part of the Napa Valley just south of Calistoga. I was just driving up the highway and I was attracted to the area by the little puff of fog sitting out in the middle of the valley. I found a little turn off in the road and it just turned out to be right near this little shed/barn. I spent a good amount of time here and came up with this image. I have since revisted and sure I will visit it again. One of these days I would like to meet the owner of this vinyard and get permission to walk the land.
The first Anglo settlers arrived in this area in the late 1840's. In the early days Calisoga's economy was based on mining silver and mercury, agriculture including grapes, prunes and walnuts, and tourism due to the local hot springs.
Calistoga is at the North end of Napa Valley Calistoga AVA, a part of California Wine Country.
Not only do the tourist enjoy the local wineries including Sterling, Schramberg, and Chateau Montelena Winery, they also enjoy the local mud baths.
If you ever get a chance while visitng the San Francisco Bay Area it would be well worth your time to drive up to the north end of Napa valley and spend some time in Calistoga tasting some local wines and stopping in at one of the local restaurants for a late lunch or dinner.
December 24th, 2011
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