Napa Valley Epicurean Adventure

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Cooking Class, Farmer's Market Tour, Wine Train, Culinary Institute of America, Meritage Resort and Spa 3-Night Stay with Airfare for 2 (3376-2)

This Experience Includes:

  • Cooking class and Oxbow Market tour with “Cooking with Julie” cooking school, including a 3-course lunch with wine pairings for 2
  • Gourmet lunch for 2 on the Napa Valley Wine Train
  • Culinary Institute of America gift card
  • 3-night stay in a standard guest room at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley
  • Round-trip coach class airfare for 2 from within the 48 contiguous U.S. to San Francisco or Oakland, CA
  • Winspire booking & concierge service

Cooking with Julie Cooking School
You and your guest will join Julie Logue-Riordan, CCP, for an insider's look at Napa Valley's culinary scene, as she takes you on an intimate tour of local farmers markets, followed by a small group hands-on cooking class and 3-course lunch paired with California wine.

The Oxbow Public Market, in the vibrant Oxbow District of downtown Napa, is located along the Napa River Trail. The mostly indoor 40,000-square-foot public market boasts a mix of gourmet purveyors showcasing the season’s finest and freshest local produce, fish, cheese and other artisan products as well as local eateries. You will also have time to buy some goodies to bring home or for a picnic during your stay in Napa.

Then on to the kitchen with Julie, where you’ll don aprons and turn your bounty into a wonderful wine country feast. Learn cooking theory, technique, tips and tricks. You will enjoy a fun and relaxed experience filled with great foods and paired with fine wine. (Maximum of 9 students.)

Julie is a Certified Culinary Professional and has been teaching for more than 20 years. She was classically trained by some of the world's most accomplished French Masters, is a graduate of L'Academie de Cuisine in Maryland, and has taken numerous classes at the CIA-Greystone as well as around the world.

NOTE: This experience is offered on Mondays and select Tuesdays.  The Napa Famers Market may be offered instead of the Oxbow Market on select dates. Classes, dates, and locations subject to change.

Napa Valley Wine Train
Enjoy a leisurely journey for two along the 36-mile round-trip between the historic town of Napa, through one of the world's most famous wine valleys, to the quaint village of St. Helena. Travel through the lush Napa Valley countryside and be transported back in time. Back to the romance and luxury of the golden age of train travel of the early 1900s, when guests explored the trains beyond their private quarters. Back to a time when a journey was meant to be savored from start to finish. Enjoy a fresh chef-prepared multicourse gourmet lunch aboard a stylishly refurbished antique Pullman rail car.  In the spirit of traditional rail seating, you may share the experience—and a table—with another party.

Culinary Institute of America
One of the world’s premier wine and food destinations, the Napa Valley is a true celebration of the winemaker, the farmer, and the chef. It’s also where you’ll find two amazing culinary experiences just 20 miles apart—the CIA at Greystone in St. Helena and the CIA at Copia in Napa. Whether you want to explore the ABCs of wine and cheese pairings (or wine and chocolate!) at a “Pairing Principles” demonstration, learn how to use the best of your farmers’ market finds in a Farm to Table Chef’s class, sip seasonal cocktails from the garden in the Somm’s session or simply relax and dine at one of CIA’s award-winning onsite restaurants, there is something for everybody’s culinary appetite. Enjoy a $150 gift card to use toward classes, dining and retail.

The Meritage Resort and Spa (Napa)
Enjoy a 3-night stay in a standard guest room at The Meritage Resort and Spa which sits at the southern tip of Napa Valley in the shadow of the iconic Grape Crusher, a towering bronze sculpture depicting a farmer turning the handle on a basket press full of grapes. Lavish guestrooms include features such as plush beds, marble baths, and plasma TVs.

The Meritage Resort at Napa offers the best of Wine Country, featuring the only underground luxury spa and tasting room located in The Estate Wine Cave. Convienently located to explore both Napa and Sonoma Valley's extraordinary vineyards and wineries, The Meritage Resort is perfect for those who enjoy gourmet dining, great wines and Napa's casually elegant activities.

Daily resort fee is included in this package. Resort fee currently includes one bottle of wine (per stay), bottled water, local calls, business center and fitness center, wireless internet, parking and evening shuttle to downtown Napa.

2020 Blackouts:  May 22-28; Jun 20-24; July 26-27; Sep 27-28 and weekends in September and October.  Additional blackouts may apply.

NOTE: Napa is approximately 1.5 hours north of San Francisco and Oakland.

Airfare
This package includes round-trip coach class service for two from any major metropolitan airport in the 48 contiguous United States to San Francisco or Oakland, CA, subject to availability.

Airfare must be booked within one year from the date of purchase. Airfare taxes and a $25 per person processing fee are the responsibility of the purchaser. Blackout dates: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s weeks.

Business and First Class upgrades are available at the time of booking for an additional fee. Use of frequent flyer miles for upgrades is dependent on specific ticket restrictions as determined by the airline’s frequent flyer program.

Winspire Booking & Concierge Service
Winspire provides a team of seasoned travel professionals who will help you redeem your experience. All travel related details and reservations are handled for every part of your Winspire experience. Operating as a full-service travel agency, Winspire can assist with extra hotel nights, airfare upgrades, and additional guests. This service also provides you with an established network of onsite contacts who can help you book additional experiences, activities and tours.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Must be booked a minimum of 60 days in advance. Reservations are subject to availability and hotel may be substituted for comparable or better property. Certificates cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or destroyed. All purchases are non-refundable. Packages cannot be resold. Ground transportation is not included unless where specified.

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