Besides being a one-stop for foodies where you can eat, drink, cook, and shop, there is a not-to-well-known secret. The Culinary Institute of America, of CIA has one of the largest collections of corkscrews/wine openers in the world! Most people walk right by the room (off the right of the lobby) in search of other activities, but this collection is worth some browsing time!
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The Culinary Institute of America: not just for students
The second location of the country’s best cooking school is not just for students. The Greystone campus was originally built in the 1800’s as a gravity flow winery cooperative (as the restoration continues, they often find bottles of wine barrels in the collapsed caves) and the three-story stone building houses a full-service restaurant and a casual, lunch-only café that are both run by the students. Adjacent to the culinary school is the wine center, located in the former Christian Brothers brandy distillery. Spearheaded The Wine Bible author, Karen MacNeil, the wine center offers classes and courses throughout the year for both amateurs and professionals in a state-of-the-art laboratory-like setting.
Flavor! Festival Celebrates the Best of Napa Valley
Flavor! Napa Valley, a week-long festival that takes place each November, is aimed to educate — featuring chef demonstrations and wine-tasting classes. Suitably, its HQ is the Culinary Institute of America. It also showcases some of the best cuisine of Napa Valley, prepared by the region’s top chefs and paired with Napa Valley wine. The "Appellation Trail" tasting, which features over 50 chefs in the kitchen and barrel room of the CIA, is not to be missed.