19191
California

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

Escape the tourist path to scenic Lake County, where you’ll learn about award-winning vineyards, traditional growing methods, local history and the fine art of pairing food and wine.
Rating (5)
Program No. 19191RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,579

At a Glance

A hidden gem of the wine industry lies nestled in the pristine valleys and hills of Lake County. Here, where Prohibition wiped out the vineyards that produced the earliest premier wines of the era, the vineyards flourish once again, world-class wines flow and an exuberant spirit prevails. Come learn the basics of winemaking, the roots of viticulture, and the enjoyment of wine along with food in California wine country as it used to be, free from crowds and commercialism.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Modest walking through vineyards and wineries; some uneven and sloped terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the many natural elements that produce a great wine-growing area from an acclaimed winemaker, and study with local and regional viticulture and winemaking experts.
  • Explore the intricacies of wine with a sommelier, winemaker and wine competition judge followed by a wine paired lunch prepared by a gourmet chef designed to demonstrate the principles learned.
  • Savor award-winning wines and join in a wine blending contest as you journey to six outstanding wineries. Visit vineyards during bud break (Spring program) or harvest (Fall program).

General Notes

All rooms in the hotel have only king-size beds; therefore, we cannot offer roommate matching services on this program.
Featured Expert
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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.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Randy Krag
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Pietro Buttitta
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Gregory Graham
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Chris Skarada
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Gaye Allen
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Emilio de la Cruz
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Bernard Butcher
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