Napa Valley Connoisseur Adventure

Napa Valley Connoisseur Adventure

Napa Valley Connoisseur Adventure

  • Napa Valley hands-on cooking class and farmers market tour with “Cooking With Julie” Cooking School, including a 3-course lunch with wine pairings for 2
  • 3-hour gourmet dinner for 2 on the Napa Valley Wine Train
  • Private tour and tasting for 2 at Talcott Olive Oil Estate in Napa
  • 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 a major metro airport within the 48 contiguous U.S to San Francisco or Oakland, CA
  • Hunny booking services

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 exclusive tour of local farmers markets, followed by an intimate group cooking class and 3-course lunch paired with Napa Valley wine.

From May through October, you will enjoy the morning at a farmers market with Julie meeting the farmers, meandering your way through the stalls. The Napa and St. Helena’s farmers markets offer the season’s finest local produce, fish, meat, cheese, and other artisan products. From November through April, you will visit the Oxbow Public Market located in the “up and coming” Oxbow District of downtown Napa, perfectly placed along the Napa River and Napa River Trail. The mostly indoor 40,000-square-foot public market boasts a mix of gourmet purveyors and local eateries. You will also have time to buy some souvenirs to bring home or for a picnic during your stay in Napa.

Then on to the kitchen with Julie, where you’ll be given aprons and create a magnificent feast. Learn cooking theory, technique, tips and tricks to make you a better cook. You will enjoy a lively and relaxed experience filled with inspiration, great foods, and paired with fine wine.

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

NOTE: Farmers Market Tours are offered May through October on Tuesdays (Napa) and Fridays (St. Helena). From November through April, visits to Oxbow Public Market are scheduled on Tuesdays and Fridays. Hands-on participation cooking classes (maximum of 9 students) and 3-course lunch are offered year-round.

Napa Valley Wine Train

Enjoy a leisurely 3-hour 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 and back. Enjoy a freshly prepared gourmet lunch or dinner as you view the vineyards and wineries from any of the vintage 1915-1917 Pullman Dining rail cars which have been restored. Award-winning Executive Chef, Kelly Macdonald uses only the freshest seasonal ingredients, earth-friendly produce, humanely raised meats and line caught fish to prepare an exceptional meal that equals the best restaurants of Napa Valley. Views of the Napa Valley are bathed in beautiful golden sunlight for most of your journey during spring and summer months. Or travel during the fall or winter months, when the train departs at sunset, and experience the romance and adventure of an antique train traveling through the darkness of night.

Talcott Olive Oil Estate

Enjoy a private tour and tasting for two with Dr. James and Patricia Talcott, as they welcome you to Talcott Carneros Olive Ranch. Begin with a flute of Prosecco before you are guided on an extensive tour and discussion of olive trees and oil production. Upon returning from the grove, you will be welcomed into the Talcott’s private home to enjoy an exclusive, award winning olive oil taste experience. The finishing touch features artisan French Vanilla Bean ice cream topped with Talcott Olive Oil, sea salt and ground black pepper.

Nestled in the rolling hills of Napa’s Carneros region, the 3,000 olive trees on the Talcott Carneros Estate are organically farmed and include only the richest, most delightful Tuscan ingredients. With just the right amount of cool breezes, Napa Valley sunshine and California rain, this year’s harvest has been recognized as one of the finest olive oils available. In 2012, Talcott Extra Virgin Olive Oil earned a Gold Medal from the California Olive Oil Council. This olive oil will delight the palate and impress the most savvy of foodies.

The Meritage Resort and Spa

Enjoy a 3-night stay in a standard guest room including daily continental breakfast for two. Grand guestrooms include features such as plush beds, marble baths, and plasma TVs. Located at the southern tip of Napa Valley in the Carneros region near where Napa and Sonoma meet, the Meritage Resort and Spa is situated on an eleven-acre private vineyard and offers an unforgettable experience for wine enthusiasts. The resort opened a monumental cave of 20,000 square feet in Spring 2007, carved in the hillside under Napa’s notorious Grape Crusher statue. The Estate Wine Cave features wine country’s only underground full service Spa Terra, the Trinitas Tasting Room, and the Entertainment Cave available for private dinners and weddings; all built underground with artisan stone, tile, and woodwork. The Meritage Bar features regional wine selections and signature cocktails in a romantic setting.

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, shuttle to golf courses and an evening shuttle to downtown Napa.

2019 Blackout Dates: May 23-28, Jun 20-24, and weekends in September and October; Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s weeks, and weekend dates in September and October. Weekdays in Harvest Season (Sep/Oct) are extremely limited and may be subject to an additional charge. Additional blackout dates may apply.

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