Straight From The Horse’s Mouth: Tamber Bey Is A Must Stop In Napa Valley

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  • on JANUARY 31, 2017
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Tamber Bey Vineyards
1251 Tubbs Ln,
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-2100

Nestled upvalley in easygoing Calistoga and surrounded by picturesque views of the Palisades Mountains and Mount St Helena lies Sundance Ranch, the home of Tamber Bey Vineyards. Northern California native and owner Barry Waitte began leveraging his affection for wine into a business during summer visits with his family. In 1999 he began growing and crafting delicious complex wines and by 2013 moved the production and tasting room to its modern facility at beautiful Sundance Ranch. Partnering with established winemaker, Frederic Delivert, Tamber Bey impresses with their multi-dimensional wines while hosting guests for unique tasting experiences.

Tall In The Saddle
Sundance Ranch is home not only to Tamber Bey’s winemaking and tasting room, but it is also a world-class equestrian facility where Barry and his wife Jennifer train their Arabian performance horses. These horses live on the property and reside in the 16-stall barn that surrounds the groomed courtyard just outside the tasting room doors. Guests are welcome to soak in the Calistoga sun, take in the stunning views, or participate in a guided tour of the property along with their tasting.

Unique Wines
Sourcing their grapes from five vineyards located throughout Sonoma County and Napa Valley yields an incredible variety of fruit. Each vineyard boasts distinct climates and terroir which allows the grapes to thrive in their methodically planted locations. Tamber Bey believes that great wine begin in the vineyard, and this attention to detail has allowed them to craft 15 diverse and award-winning blends and vintages ranging from crisp Rosé, to vibrant and rich Cabernet Sauvignon.

Tamber Bey’s wine club,The EQQWine Club, is where aficionados can take their interest beyond just a visit to the tasting room with a multitude of customizable wine club options. Joining a wine club is a great way to receive special membership opportunities and sample wines only available to loyal customers. With a membership in The EQQWine Club, enjoy deliveries of Tamber Bey’s tasteful wines directly to your door each quarter and also receive perks only designated to club members including complimentary tastings, special events, and opportunities to purchase Tamber Bey’s library wines. Choose from a full-bodied, diverse package with their Vintners Sampler, explore their premium wines with their Signature Series, or check out their additional EQQWine Club packages to find your favorite.

Tasting Experience
Beyond the incredible wines produced at the facility, a visit is memorable from the moment you step into their gorgeously designed tasting room. Hop onto one of the barstools around the glossy, central tasting bar and enjoy the building’s airy, vaulted ceilings, wood-paneled walls and rustic details. Or find warmth in the Napa Valley sunshine and venture outside to lounge in one of their welcoming seating areas in the spacious courtyard and enjoy your tasting al fresco while taking in the views of Mt St Helena. Experience their wines by indulging in one of their many tasting offerings:

Vineyard Series Tasting – $35
A flight of five Vineyard Series wines, including whites, reds, and blends. Dynamic and complex, it may be the introductory tasting, but it’s anything but basic.

Insider tip: If you have some extra time, go on a property tour and see the state-of-the-art production facilities for Tamber Bey wines and explore the ranch, get to know Sundance’s performance horses up close, and learn a bit more about Tamber Bey and the ranch’s colorful history. $10 and can be added to any tasting experience.

Signature Series Tasting – $50
A flight of five Signature Series wines, including whites, reds, and blends that change seasonally. Sprightly and flavorful, a Signature Series tasting can be something new each time you visit.

Insider Tip: The perfect pairing can showcase the complex flavors of a wine, and Tamber Bey’s signature, savory cookie pairing is the quintessential accompaniment to any tasting. Their shortbread cookies are baked with unexpected ingredients that highlight the vast flavors of each wine. We recommend the Black Bacon, a smoked and peppered bacon and Hawaiian and Maldon sea salt shortbread that partners impressively with their Deux Chevaux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. $10 with any tastings.

Picnic Lunch and Tasting – $65
How about a bite to accompany your Vineyard Series Tasting? Enjoy a picnic lunch including an appetizing sandwich, fruit, chips and a sweet treat. (Can also be added to a Signature Series Tasting)

Insider Tip: Grab that picnic lunch and take it outside. Saddle up in one of their many outdoor seating areas that surround the large courtyard and sip and nibble alongside the beautiful horses that reside on the property. Not only a savory experience, but a blissful way to take in the fresh air and decompress from the everyday with wine in hand.

Schedule your visit to Tamber Bey Vineyards

Directions: From downtown Calistoga, head south down Lincoln Avenue and turn right on CA-128 W/Foothill Blvd. Continue on CA-128 W/Foothill Blvd for 1.7 miles and turn right onto Tubbs Lane. Destination will be on the left after .5 mile.