By Jessica Yadegaran
Monday, March 15th, 2010 at 5:44 pm in Corkheads.
It took six years, but Calistoga, the home of the venerable Schramsberg Vineyards and a region of the Napa Valley famous for growing cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, and syrah, is finally legit.
The Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury made Calistoga an official American Viticultural Area in December. Calistoga has been known for winemaking for more than 100 years, but in recent years, the lack of official designation made it possible for wine producers to include Calistoga in their branding when the wine did not in fact come from there.
According to a press release from the Napa Valley Vintners, they owe the strides to U.S. Rep Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena), who worked since 2003 on the fight for truth in labeling.