It might sound odd to hear a brand-new winery use its history as one of its major selling points. But Kirk Venge, owner and winemaker, is the son of Nils Venge, owner of Saddleback Cellars. The elder Venge’s resume includes a stint at Groth, where he became the first California winemaker to receive 100 points from wine critic Robert Parker. Kirk bought the label from his father and set up shop in 2008 on the Bone Ash vineyard in Calistoga. Though only 33, the younger Venge likes to say he has 25 years of winemaking experience, because his dad taught him the craft from an early age. The winery offers a wide range of wines, from proprietary white blends and Chardonnay to Zinfandel, Syrah and an Oakville Cabernet.

website: www.vengevineyards.com