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.
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Program No. 19191RJ
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North of Napa provided engaging and insightful experiences into the varied cultures and inclusive, warm people of its region. I learned and enjoyed a lot!


This was our third time doing this program. Great wines, excellent food, super accommodations, and fantastic hosts. Lake County (North of Napa and Sonoma) is one of the hidden gems of California.


I learned so much about wine making, viewing the harvest and tasting different wines.


Avoid the crowds of Paso Robles and Napa wine trails. This is great; Tallman Hotel is a historical building. It was very pleasant learning, sharing time and traveling with a small homogenous group of folks interested in the California wine industry. We had a returning couple in our group.


What an enjoyable and educational program! I learned a lot, met some lovely people, and tasted a lot of wonderful wines! The pace of the program matched that of Lake County itself; relaxed but purposeful. Let's go again!


The North of Napa: California Wine Country as It Used to Be is a great trip to try. I went with a few friends and we all had a wonderful time. We learned so much about wine; we learned how the grapes are grown, then harvested, and how they are processed into wine, we also learned how to taste the wines, and of course we visited several wineries from big to small and tasted their wines. We also got to learn about olives the planting and harvesting and making them into olive oil was a nice treat as well. Not to forget the goat farmer and his family, we met and learned all about making cheese and tasting it. It's a great trip, you will come away knowing so much more about wines, olives, and goat cheese and appreciating all that goes into making these products and the people who do the work while fulfilling their passions. Not to mention you will meet an amazing group of strangers who will turn into friends before the trip is over.


What a wonderful adventure. Starting with our gracious host, Bernie Butcher and the fantastic wines we all shared and ending with a farewell dinner that was superb, this has to be the one of the best of our almost 40 Road Scholar trips. The accommodations were of the highest standards. I can’t say enough good things about this program. If you are a lover of great food and wine, this is the program for you.


The North of Napa program more than met my expectations. It was a true vacation and a perfectly paced learning experience. For anyone wanting to learn more about wine and the growing of grapes, this is the program for you.


Outstanding program in all aspects. Our group of 18 was enjoyable and interesting. Lectures on viticulture and enology were better then anticipated. The wines were excellent, especially the Pinot Noirs. We visited many wineries at an easy pace as well as having wine tastings in Kelseyville. This was my 3rd RS trip and 2nd wine tour and I rate this #1. I enjoyed it so much that I am returning in May with 12 of my friends to do it all again! Fantastic hotel, exquisite food and the most enthusiastic owner of the Tallman (Bernie) and the most marvelous tour leader, Chris. Wines of Upper Lake will not be a secret for long so go now before it becomes another way too expensive Napa!

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