Overview

Insider's Napa Valley Food & Wine Experience

Unavailable until fall 2021.

As one of California’s most famous food and wine destinations, Napa Valley wine tours offer everything a foodie could want! The area is known predominantly for its wine production, which makes it a perfect destination for a west coast US wine tour. If you saw the the film “Bottle Shock,” in which the 1973 “Judgment of Paris” blind wine tasting competition ranked California wines over their more famous French counterparts, you’ll understand that this has long been a premier wine tour destination.  But it’s also perfect for a west coast cooking trip, with amazing gastronomy and restaurants galore. But Napa has more to offer travellers on our Napa Valley wine tours, including gorgeous vistas, a well-developed hospitality industry with wonderful inns, B&Bs, and private cottages peppered among the vineyards. You will explore all this and more – such as the local olive oils and other seasonal produce – during our 4-night Napa Valley wine country tours.

Enjoy one of the United States’ most cultivated foodie destinations: the west coast! From the vine-covered slopes of California’s Napa Valley to the Pacific Northwest, to the beaches of La Jolla, the west coast has plenty to offer. Visit farmers’ markets, eat at world-renowned restaurants and mom-and-pop establishments, taste the local wines and olive oils on your culinary tour to the west coast.

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 who will lead you expertly through your Napa Valley wine tours – including access to private family-owned wineries not generally open to the public. Her 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 Napa Valley wine country tours.

While the Napa Valley wine tour packages we have proposed here are 4 nights, we are happy to customize according to your wishes! In general our Napa Valley wine tours will include visits to local wineries with wine tastings, two hands-on cooking classes, olive oil and balsamic vinegar tastings, and more. We can add on additional Napa Valley wine tours, spa services, or more cooking as you prefer!

So join us in sunny California for an insider’s Napa Valley wine tasting tour and discover why Napa is one of the world’s premier food and wine destinations!


Trip Details

Your 2 hands-on cooking classes with be with Diane and will feature local produce and artisanal food products from the area. Both will be followed by a 4-course meal accompanied by fine local wines. _(Please note if you prefer to do less cooking, we can arrange alternate activities such as additional winery visits and tastings, a picnic lunch, etc.)

Itinerary

Day One

Sample itinerary, which can be customized to client interests.

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

Day Two

  • Breakfast on your own (or included if staying at the B&B).
  • Enjoy a private olive oil tasting with Diane.
  • Next, a 2-hour cooking class focusing on Italian peasant cuisine, with a 4-course lunch to follow (wine included).
  • This afternoon is reserved for a treat! An exclusive, private Napa Valley wine tasting tour at a local boutique winery not open to the public.
  • Dinner on your own (Diane can make suggestions).

Day Three

  • Breakfast on your own (or included if staying at the B&B).
  • Enjoy a private balsamic vinegar tasting with Diane
  • Next, a 2-hour cooking class with a 4-course lunch to follow (wine included).
  • This afternoon, another private Napa Valley wine tour at a local boutique winery not open to the public.
  • Dinner on your own (Diane can make suggestions).

Day Four

  • Breakfast on your own (or included at B&B), and then a day spent at leisure, or customized to your interests. We can add on additional cooking classes, Napa Valley wine tours, spa services, and more.

Day Five

  • Departure.

Trip Details

Included in the 4-Night Trip

Accommodations

4 nights accommodation at B&B, local Inn, or private rental home

Food & Beverages

  • Breakfast is included only if you are staying at a local B&B or inn. For the rental properties, Diane can supply breakfast items for you at an additional cost.
  • 2 lunches (or dinners) following the cooking classes, local wine included

Classes & Instructors

Your 2 hands-on cooking classes with be with Diane and will feature local produce and artisanal food products from the area. Both will be followed by a 4-course meal accompanied by fine local wines. _(Please note if you prefer to do less cooking, we can arrange alternate activities such as additional winery visits and tastings, a picnic lunch, etc.)

Excursions

  • Private winery visits and tastings with Diane as your guide

Transfer Details

  • This itinerary includes a rental vehicle for 4 days with pickup from San Francisco, Oakland, or Sacramento.

Miscellaneous

  • Olive oil tasting
  • Balsamic vinegar tasting

Accommodation Information

For smaller groups of 2-3 people accommodations will be either at a local B&B, or in a private rental cottage. The Cedar Gables Inn is a luxury B&B in downtown Napa and features 9 elegant rooms & suites. Each distinct room is decorated individually with charm and attention to details. If unavailable, another B&B will be proposed.
There is also a small cottage suitable for 2-3 people that sits at the edge of a vineyard. It has a queen bed, a twin alcove bed, and a fireplace and Jacuzzi hot tub.
For larger groups (4-8 people) there is the option of a beautiful, newly-built 4-bedroom home with scenic wrap around porch, outdoor barbecue area, hardwood floors, fully equipped kitchen, and more. The home offers gorgeous views onto the local vineyards, AC/heating, fireplace, and more. Two bedrooms are on the first floor with a shared bath, a master bedroom loft and additional king room are upstairs and share another large and luxurious bathtub.

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Pricing:

4-night Program
US$2400 per person based on double occupancy

    Unavailable until Fall 2021. 

    Pricing will vary depending on specific dates and accommodations. Please inquire for details.

    30% deposit due to confirm booking. Final payment due 60 days prior. 


    Tour Dates

    Unavailable until fall 2021. After that, available for a minimum of 4 people. Please inquire with dates.

     

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