For those of you out there who consider yourselves relatively serious about wine and interested in what’s being done here in the Napa Valley in that regard, the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena has a new class just for you.
Dubbed the ‘Napa Valley Intensive’ class, the session is a two-day immersion in the varietals and wines created in the Napa Valley. The class will be led by instructor Karen MacNeil, chair of CIA Greystone’s Professional Wine Studies and author of The Wine Bible.
Here’s how the course is described:
For many around the world, the Napa Valley has become synonymous with world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. However, with its many viticultural areas, each characterized by varied terrain, soils, and climatic conditions, the Napa Valley has also earned accolades for a wide variety of other wines. In this course, you will journey into the world of Napa Valley winegrowing through extensive tastings and with an eye to understanding the influence of terroir, history, and culture on the region’s wines. You will:
- Study the history and development of the Napa Valley as a world-class wine-producing region
- Explore the diversity of soils and climate of each of the Valley’s 14 designated American Viticultural Areas
- Taste dozens of wines representing various interpretations of classic grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay as well as Pinot Noir and Syrah
- Experience tastings with Napa Valley winemakers while examining traditional and innovative viticultural and winemaking practices
- Learn about the growth of organic and biodynamic grape-growing techniques employed in the region
The first two Napa Valley Intensive classes will take place in April and June, respectively. Dates are April 21st and 22nd from 9am – 4pm both days and June 2nd and 3rd from 9am – 4pm both days. Cost is $750 per person for the two-day course. For more information and to register for one of the classes, go here.