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Clos Pegase Winery

A Love Story

Clos Pegase WineryThis is a story about love.

Not the demanding love of hubris nor even the warm love a mother feels toward her child.

This is a story about two people who grew up with an ocean between them and, in many ways, came to personalize the healing of a war-torn world.

In 1955, Jan Shrem traveled to Japan as a graduate student from UCLA and fell in love with Mitsuko, a lovely Japanese girl.

His young, impetuous love was rewarded with hers so he did what any red-blooded American would do.

He stayed in Japan and began a publishing empire. 

For 13 years he worked hard and wooed his lady until she finally said yes. 

So, in 1968 Jan sold his company in Japan and eloped with Mitsuko to Europe.

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Why did they elope? Gentleman Jan isn't talking.

Such a story would inspire lovers everywhere, young and old, if it ended with this. But for a lucky few in life, love is only the beginning.

In Europe, Mitsuko further introduced Jan to her passion for wine. So, while Napa Valley was exploding onto the world scene with surprisingly good wines, Jan enrolled in the enology program at the University of Bordeaux.

There he learned wine secrets of the ages as well as new techniques coming along.

Another impact Mitsuko had on Jan was to fill him with her deep love of art. It was only a matter of time before the couple moved to Napa Valley and Jan began making wine. Under the tutelage of Andre Tchelistcheff, America's premier winemaker, Jan and Mitsuko purchased 50 acres in Calistoga, California and began their next adventure in life together.

Early wines were successful and, again, the story could end but Jan and Mitsuko were not ordinary folks. They needed a place where visitors could enjoy both wine and art so they sponsored an architects' competition with the help of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

From a field of 96 entrants, the judges selected the work of renowned Princeton architect, Michael Graves, to create an homage to both wine and art.

In 1987, the winery and surrounding sculpture gardens were finished and the rooms were filled with some of the world's finest art.

clospegasecaveAs you walk through the rooms and wine caves of this balanced estate, you can feel the harmony and grace characterized by their fine wines.

The Cave Theatre is especially beckoning with art lining its grottos and it's been rumored more than one love-struck young man has proposed there.

Seating up to 150 guests, the acoustics are said to be magically perfect.

Up to 450 guests can be accommodated in the greater wine caves.

Also available for events and corporate outings are the Portico & Courtyard, the Visitors' Center and Cask Room, and the Harvest Dining Room.

Staff at Clos Pegase Winery will take care of all your needs including catering, floral arrangements, and specialty linens.

The winery also has a Winemaker for a Day Seminar, private tours and tastings, and wine picnics. 

Anyone wishing to hold their event at a place awarded the "Best Off-Site Venue" in the Western United States can contact Jamie Becker at:

Tel: (707) 737-1412

Clos Pegase Winery
1060 Dunaweal Lane
Calistoga, CA, 94515 

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