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North of Napa: California Wine Country as It Used to Be

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While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.


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Bernard Butcher

With wife Lynne, Bernie Butcher owns the Tallman Hotel and Blue Wing Saloon & Café. The Tallman, built in the 1890's, has been completely restored and is listed on the California Register of Historic Resources as a Point of Historical Interest. Bernie is an exhibited black and white photographer and former history and economics and photography instructor. He co-founded and managed the Amsterdam Pacific Corporation, a private investment banking firm sold in 1995.

Matt Hughes

Matt Hughes moved to Northern California’s picturesque rolling country of Lake County in 1999 and began his enological adventure. He has been fortunate to work for several of the region’s leading wineries — Kendall-Jackson, Vérité Winery and, currently, Six Sigma Ranch — and has learned about winemaking from the technical aspects to crafting critically acclaimed, classically-styled wines. His easygoing personality has made him a favorite Road Scholar instructor.

Pietro Buttitta

Pietro Buttitta grew up in the Russian River Valley just outside of Santa Rosa, surrounded by French Colombard grapevines. As a student at Western Culinary Institute in Portland, he worked in several of the city’s finest establishments, serving in roles such as chef de cuisine, banquet chef, sous chef and pastry chef. Pietro spent his spare time working on his father’s vineyard in Kelseyville, and a connection to the vine was slowly rekindled. In 2008, he made the jump back into the wine world and is now the winemaker at the family’s Rosa d’Oro Vineyards. Rosa d’Oro’s focus on Italian cultivars has produced double gold medals at the California State Fair and the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. In 2010, Pietro became a certified sommelier and member of the Court of Master Sommeliers. He has judged at wine competitions, and in 2011, co-chaired the Lake County Wine Competition with Sonoma State University’s Ray Johnson, gaining an inside perspective to evaluation and judging.

Terry Dereniuk

The owner and proprietor of Cat’s Paw Vineyard in Kelseyville, Calif., Terry Dereniuk is passionate about her love for wine and viniculture. In 2013, she became the executive director of the Lake County Winery Association, and prior to that role, worked with the Lake County Winegrape Commission as the program manager for their USDA specialty crop grant. Utilizing her degree in business management, Terry authored petitions to establish two recently approved American Viticultural Areas, Big Valley District and Kelsey Bench. Terry is also a director on the Lake County Farm Bureau board, a member of the Lake County Master Gardeners, and an active member of the Lake County Chapter of California Women for Agriculture, chairing that organization’s AgVenture program for the last two years.

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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
5 Hands-on experiences


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