You’ve heard us talk about how Cabernet Season is one of the best times of year to enjoy the Napa Valley — it’s less crowded, rates are lower and, while the temps are certainly lower than in summer and fall, even California’s winter climate is usually mild.

But how to figure out what to see and do during this “insider’s season”? Turns out there are three great ways to get a handle on all the Cab Season deals. Read on.

St. Helena Little Book of Big Experiences

The 2019–20 edition of this annual book, which just launched November 1, 2019 runs through March 2020. It’s your entrée to 15 high-end experiences, with a retail value of more than $1,000. The book costs $75 and is good for two people. Here are a few experiences to whet your appetite.

Beringer Vineyards. Experience an intimate tasting at the Reserve tasting room in the historic Rhine House. Choose three wines from a selection of award-winning reserve, single-vineyard, and small-case production wines.

Ballentine Vineyards. Have an intimate, seated reserve tasting of Ballentine’s estate-grown, limited-production wines in its winemaking cellar. As you taste the wine lineup, crafted from the 80-acre estate, you’ll hear stories of the winery and its rich family heritage.

Whitehall Lane Winery. Be a wine club member for a day, including an exclusive complimentary wine tasting in the Club Room and a 15% discount on all wine and merchandise purchases.

The Saint. Experience an elegant wine tasting in the candlelit "Speakeasy" wine lounge. 

Clif Family Winery. Enjoy small production wines paired with chef-curated seasonal bites from Clif Family's organic farm. 

Calistoga Winter in the Wineries Passport

Further north, the town of Calistoga greets Cabernet Season with its tenth-annual Winter in the Wineries Passport, good December 7, 2019 through February 9, 2020. Passport holders will be treated to complimentary wine-tasting flights at 16 local wineries spanning the full range of the Calistoga wine region, from a towering hillside castle to cozy downtown tasting rooms.

For $60 per person, you’ll receive complimentary wine tastings at participating wineries, complimentary corkage at participating restaurants and discounts at Calistoga lodging, spas, and shops. The Passport is valued at over $400 in wine tastings alone, and if you visit just two or three wineries, you’ll already have justified the cost of the book. Participating wineries include Castello di Amorosa, Chateau Montelena, Sterling Vineyards, and more.

Here are just a few of the experiences for which you’ll receive discounts.

Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa. Discounted room rates for Passport holders, and a complimentary Perfectly Muddled or Splish Splash experience with the purchase of a 50- or 80-minute treatment.

Calistoga Spa Hot Springs. Discounted spa treatments and products, plus access to the resort’s mineral pools before or after a massage or mud bath.

All Seasons Bistro.  Complimentary corkage on your own bottle of wine.

Tank Garage Winery.  A complimentary flight of three wines from its collection of blended varietals.

The Taste Napa Downtown Card

The Napa Valley is home to hundreds of small lot, artisanal wines that most people will never find. Many of those are offered exclusively at tasting rooms in downtown Napa. The Taste Downtown Napa card allows you to visit ten wine tasting rooms in downtown Napa for half the price it would normally cost. Cards are $15 each and may be purchased at the Napa Valley Welcome Center, located at 600 Main Street, at the Napa Tourist Information Center, 1331 First Street, or online. 2019 tasting cards are currently on sale and 2020 cards will soon be available.

Check out more Cabernet Season special offers and start planning your Cab Season adventure!