castillo di amorosa

Courtyard
Castillo di Amorosa
Calistoga, California
©Laura Quick

The masonry, ironwork and woodwork was fashioned by hand using old world crafting techniques. Building materials included 8,000 tons of locally quarried stone, in addition to paving stones, terra cotta roofing tiles and some 850,000 bricks imported from Europe. Extending into the hillside adjacent to the castle lies a labyrinth of caves some 900 feet (270 m) in length. Beneath the castle are the 2-acre (8,100 m2) barrel cellar and tasting rooms where visitors can sample the wines-all sold only at the Castle. This is ll a part of the Amorosa Castle in the Napa Valley in California.

Wine Thief
CASTILLO DI AMOROSA
Calistoga, CA
©Laura Quick

Though it looks like a sexual aid or S&M device, a “wine thief” allows Alison to “steal” young wine from a barrel for tasting. I love the name wine thief. Also the corked hole in the side of a barrel is called the “bunghole.” The cork is called the “bung,” historically a slang term for ass/asshole.

Though the cab balance was off due to its age, it was awfully promising already. We tasted a 2009 finished cab and it was terrific.

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Some pics from this weekend… We went on the castle tour, and the wine tasting was underground, which was cool. The torture chamber was the best part, especially when after a warning from our tour guide about the crudeness of the torture devices, a little old lady chimed in, “I’m used to being tortured.”… um… :)

It was a great weekend, but, I did indulge in alcohol. I said I wasn’t going to drink for 30 days, but the surprise trip my boyfriend put together included a wine-tasting… So, not a lot of alcohol, but some. Probably a full glass altogether. But, I’m back on track today, lots of water, lots of protein.

Oh, and something cool, when Paul and I first started talking, before we had even met, he went to the castle with his family. He sent me a text, saying, “maybe someday we could go here.” So, he made good on his promise! :)

Castle Exterior, inside the Walls
CASTILLO DI AMOROSA
Calistoga, CA
©Laura Quick

The masonry, ironwork and woodwork was fashioned by hand using old world crafting techniques. Building materials included 8,000 tons of locally quarried stone, in addition to paving stones, terra cotta roofing tiles and some 850,000 bricks imported from Europe. Extending into the hillside adjacent to the castle lies a labyrinth of caves some 900 feet (270 m) in length. Beneath the castle are a 2-acre (8,100 m2) barrel cellar and tasting rooms where visitors can sample the tasty wines-all sold only at the Castle.