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Jean-Charles Boisset Transforms Napa’s Historic Calistoga Depot

Aug 14, 2022 12:13PM ● By Fran Miller

Built in 1868, Napa Valley’s historic Calistoga Depot has opened as Calistoga Depot Provisions, a modern mercantile and wine shop offering the best in Napa Valley varietals, artisanal foods, and unique gift items. Calistoga Depot Provisions is the first phase of an entire renewal and reimagining of California’s second oldest train station.

Calistoga Depot. Photo by Fran Miller

Under the stewardship of proprietor Jean-Charles Boisset (pictured above, photo by Tim Carl), Calistoga Depot’s remodel will evolve in multiple phases, marked with the launch of the mercantile where guests can find cheeses, charcuterie, gourmet condiments, prepared foods such as pizza, sandwiches, hamburgers, and breakfast items such as baked goods and coffee drinks. Many of the foods are locally sourced (i.e. Bouchon Bakery, Annie the Baker, etc.) and sustainably and organically grown. A phenomenal wine selection highlights Calistoga and Napa Valley favorites and rarities, available by the glass or bottle. Enjoy items as take-out, or dine within the seemingly yet undiscovered shaded and serene back patio.

Calistoga Depot Provisions interior. Photo by Dylan Elliott

Calistoga Depot Provisions rear patio. Photo by Fran Miller

As the Depot evolves, the hall, which will be known as the Calistoga Depot Distillery 1868, will  feature spirits and barrel tastings, and crafted cocktails. A historical timeline and photos will showcase how Sam Brannan became California’s first millionaire, and how he built the depot in 1868 to welcome guests to Calistoga's unique splendor.

Outside the Depot, the individual red rail cars will soon be converted into several destinations, including Earth & Sky Chocolates (now open), The First Millionaire’s Saloon (named after Sam Brannan), a Champagne and oyster bar, a Mexican restaurant, and Le Clos Napa Valley, a retail boutique featuring lifestyle apparel, candles, fragrances and spa wear. 

In 2019, Boisset also acquired the 140 year old Oakville Grocery, the oldest continually operating grocery in California. Boisset turned an 1874-built Victorian house on the Oakville Grocery property into Oakville Wine Merchant, a lounge featuring 50 wines by the glass and 350 by the bottle. He also established the 1881 Napa Valley Wine History Museum where visitors can enjoy wines from Napa Valley’s finest producers while perusing a collection of relics related to the wine trade, winemaking, viticulture, and cooperage. In addition, guests learn about the various sub-appellations of Napa Valley through displays and by tasting wines from those varied regions. 

California Depot Provisions, 1458 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga

Open 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily

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