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You wouldn't expect to find spirit fanatics in Napa Valley but that's the case at Napa Valley Distillery, a micro-distillery co-founded by Arthur and Lusine Hartunian that handcrafts brandy cocktails and small-batch spirits. The highlight is the family's signature Vintage Reserve vodka, which repurposes the region's sauvignon grapes to update a bar staple. Wine Enthusiast Magazine named it one of the top 50 spirits of 2011, noting that its "crisp, extremely smooth finish (it?s filtered an astounding 10 times) makes it addictively sippable, especially when chilled." Other spirits include their California Cowboy rye whiskey, which is aged in port barrels for six months; their Meyer Lemon Liqueur, which was the family's first concoction; and their barrel-aged cocktails, which are mixed and aged in white oak barrels for roughly ten weeks. But you don't have to sneak into one of the barrels and disappear for several weeks to taste the spirits; the entire selection can be sampled at the distillery's old-fashioned Vintage Bar Shop that's located in the Oxbow Public Market.

610 First Street #14
Napa,
CA
US

As owner and head distiller of Sonoma County Distilling Company, Adam Spiegel has made it his primary goal not just to make incredible, hand-crafted whiskies, but to do so by embracing tried-and-true old-school methods that correspondingly pay no mind to the ever-growing industry trends. The cornerstone of his distilling operation is the Sonoma Rye Whiskey, made from a 100% rye mash bill. Every step of the operation is done in-house, from cooking the fragrant mash to fermenting the grains and hand-bottling the unfiltered final product after it's rested in new American oak barrels. The distillery also crafts two other whiskeys?2nd Chance Wheat Whiskey and West of Kentucky Bourbon?all of which can be sampled at the distillery after tours that highlight each step of the process, including the best part: drinking whiskey.

5625 State Farm Drive
Rohnert Park,
CA
US