Most people who have heard of Charbay know about its collection of spirits such as whiskey, flavored vodkas, and rum, but there's much more going on at this rustic property uphill from St. Helena. If you make an appointment and visit, you're likely to meet members of the Karakasevic family, who have been distilling and making wine for 13 generations. Their passions beyond spirits include crafting small batches of Napa Valley wines, as well as ports and aperitifs made with the brandy distilled and aged right in the tasting room. A visit includes wine tasting and a lesson in the basics of distillation. No spirits are served, but you can find out what local bars and restaurants pour them.
4001 Spring Mountain Rd., 4.5 miles northwest of downtown (from Main St., take Madrona Ave. west 3 blocks to Spring Mountain Rd.), St. Helena, California, 94574, United States