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This AFAR Experiences itinerary might just inspire your next adventure.
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Rows of vines stretched across hills that rolled into a backdrop of mountains, set against a clear blue sky. On a long wooden table, fresh-from-the-garden brussels sprouts and fingerling potatoes arrived in a delicious multi-course meal, perfectly paired with local wines.
This was just one moment of an AFAR Experience in the legendary Napa Valley. For two days in January, 40 AFAR readers joined editors and staffers here, making unique discoveries and connecting with some of the valley’s most influential people. Craftsmanship, history, and scenery were all on the menu—as was, of course, great food and world-class wine.Robert Biale Vineyards can also pick up. And the CIA at Copia was the setting for an interactive workshop in terroir. Here, participants tasted all 16 of the valley’s sub-appellations (because someone has to do these tough jobs) in CIA’s state-of-the-art center, where many more classes—and spectacular meals—are offered.Quintessa winemaker Rebekah Wineburg. Another group learned how to prune vines with Opus One winemaker Michael Silacci.
While wine may dominate any visit to Napa Valley, there’s much more here. Other groups took part in activities like making glass art in the studio of renowned artist Gordon Huether and cooking with star chef Victor Scargle in the gourmet kitchen of Napa’s 1888 Queen Anne Victorian Ackerman Heritage House.
Speaking of food, sampling local cuisine—and meeting its makers—is a central part of every AFAR Experience, and Napa didn’t disappoint. An elegant multi-course lunch in the exquisite garden of Round Pond Estate was followed by dinner with notable Napa Valley residents, who graciously opened their own homes to the group.Jean Charles Boisset, one of the valley’s most dynamic vintners. His exceptional wines were paired with an otherworldly meal from chef Katianna Hong of Charter Oak. It was the perfect opportunity to connect on a very personal level with those who are helping to continuously evolve the Napa Valley experience.Las Alcobas hotel—a 1907 Victorian farmhouse set beside (what else?) a spectacular vineyard—was an idyllic place to wind down, ponder the day’s activities, and imagine what kind of Napa Valley magic the next day would bring.
Check out all your options to create the perfect Napa Valley experience at VisitNapaValley.com.
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