Insider's Napa Valley Food and Wine Tour
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Insider's Napa Valley Food & Wine Experience - NEW
Napa or St. Helena (Napa Valley)

One of California's most famous food and wine destinations, Napa Valley has everything a foodie could want! Known predominantly for its wine production (a la the film "Bottle Shock"), the area has a lot more to offer: gorgeous vistas, a well-developed hospitality industry with wonderful inns, B&Bs, and private cottages peppered among the vineyards, and of course first-class restaurants. You will explore all this and more – such as the local olive oils and other seasonal produce – during your 4-night Napa Valley food and wine experience.


Diane cooking in Napa Valley Your accommodations will, depending on the number of people and the specific dates booked, be at either a private 2-person cottage, a private home (for 4 to 8 people), a country inn, or a charming B&B.


Your personal guide into the wonders of Napa Valley will be Diane de Filipi, a Renaissance woman who is an accomplished chef, travel and food writer, olive oil educator, and more. Diane is a true insider – with access to private family-owned wineries not generally open to the public – and whose experience in the hospitality business (she owned a B&B in Napa for many years) gives her an added knowledge of how to guide our clients through their stay.

Insider's Napa Valley Food & Wine Experience - NEW Itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrive in San Francisco, Oakland, or Sacramento and pick up your economy rental car. Make your way to your beautiful accommodations.
  • Dinner tonight on your own (we can make suggestions).

Days 2 & 3

  • Breakfast on your own (or included if staying at the B&B).
  • Enjoy two private tastings with Diane: one featuring olive oil and one featuring Balsamic vinegar. The tastings will feature local artisan olive oils and vinegars.
  • Days 2 and 3 will also feature 2-hour cooking classes focusing on Italian peasant cuisine, with a 4-course lunch to follow.
  • The afternoons are reserved for a treat! An exclusive, private wine tasting experience at local boutique wineries not open to the public.

If you prefer, the winery visits can also happen late morning, with afternoon cooking classes followed by dinner.
Want more wine and less cooking? You can also choose a full-day winery day with a picnic lunch at one of the wineries in lieu of a cooking class.

Day 4

  • Breakfast on your own and then a day spent at leisure, or customized to your interests. We can add on additional cooking classes, winery visits, spa services, and more.

Day 5

  • Departure.