The transfer from Tallman Hotel to Wildhurst Winery is about 17 miles, approximately 25 minutes. Getting on/off a van; walking less than a mile; standing up to an hour at a time indoors and out. Some paths and walks are paved, but many are gravel, or rocky. Be prepared for sloped terrain at numerous vineyards.
In the hotel dining room, our daily breakfast buffet offers a rotating variety of choices such as fresh fruit salad & whole fruit, house-made granola, organic whole grain flake cereal, house-made quick bread, wheat & raisin toast, freshly baked scones, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, coffee, juice, milk, tea, water.
Although just geographically north of famous Napa, Lake County is a dramatic step back in time. Here you find the pristine natural beauty of mountainous terrain dotted with vineyards. The air features some of the cleanest air in California, and the beauty of the largest lake within California state boundaries. Here you are captivated by the spirit of the vineyard owners and winemakers who delight to share their passion, their stories and their insights with you on a personal basis. Our focus today is on wine appreciation, wine tasting and food pairing. Led by Pietro Buttitta, a Rosa d'Oro winemaker, sommelier and chef, learn how to taste and talk about wine. Unravel the mysteries of wine labels.
Buffet lunch in Tallman dining room.
Put into practice your learning experiences today as we travel to Wildhurst Winery in Kelseyville. Wildhurst's home vineyard lies at the foot of the dormant volcano's western exposure. Enjoy a tour of the winery and history of development, past to present, followed by a team wine-blending exercise led by Stephen Dilley. Head back to Upper Lake to visit the Lake County Wine Studio, a popular female-owned meetup spot for winemakers and artists, conveniently located across the street from the hotel. About half of the 36 wineries in Lake County do not have tasting rooms; this charming facility features their wines to taste. Lake County Wine Studio owner Susan Feiler will lead a discussion about wines featured there.
Buffet dinner in the garden (weather permitting) by the Blue Wing Restaurant or Tallman dining room.
Get to know your fellow enthusiasts relaxing over dinner. Then you can choose to enjoy the Blue Wing Monday Blues bands in the Blue Wing Restaurant.