Sometimes our guests want a new Wine Country vacation idea–in addition to wine tastings and winery tours. One great option is to take advantage of wine country’s world-class culinary schools!
We love winery tours that allow our guests to try wines paired with food, because the right cuisine can bring out the nuance in any wine. And while our guests can always take a bottle – or six home – the food-pairings are a different story.
Napa Valley and Sonoma wine country are both known for world-class restaurants, and thankfully, our talented local chefs are willing to share their experience. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to make an impressive dessert, or how to pair wine with food, or even something basic like how to cook proteins or chop vegetables, then why not learn at a top culinary school in wine country?
Silverado Cooking School
1552 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94559
You can’t get more “wine country” than the Silverado Kitchen. If you’re interested in tasting the bounty of local produce, then a class with Silverado is a perfect Napa Valley vacation idea. Owner and Chef Malcolm de Sieyes wants cooking to be a relaxing social opportunity, where strangers come together to laugh and learn—and eat very well! The school gets its produce from Stone Tree Farm, also owned and operated by Chef Malcolm. It boasts 37 different types of fruit trees alone! Join Silverado for a class in cooking fundamentals, like “Knife Skills,” or “Blanching and Sauté,” or something more indulgent, like “All Things Chocolate.” Bring wine for the meal you’ve prepared in class, or choose a selection from the in-house wine list.
The CIA at Copia
500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559
The Culinary Institute of America’s location at Copia calls itself a “playground for food and wine lovers.” Even if you’re not planning to pursue a career in the kitchen, the CIA at Copia provides two types of classes: interactive demonstrations, and hands-on! The demonstrations help provide a chef’s-eye view of the cooking process, and helps you think like a sommelier, while the hands-on classes give you a chance to take state-of-the-art kitchens for a spin. And when you’re ready to let the professionals take over, you can settle in to a full meal at The Restaurant at CIA Copia. A great Napa Valley vacation idea for anyone who loves food and wine!
450 West Spain Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
A great Sonoma wine country vacation idea is to learn, cook, eat, celebrate, indulge—and yes, even stay!—at Ramekins. Just outside Sonoma’s downtown historic plaza, Ramekins offers a variety of classes and events, as well as lodging at the Ramekins Inn with in-room spa service and a complimentary continental breakfast. An impressive roster of chefs teach everything from basics to specific cuisines, like “Seafood Favorites,” “Vegetarian Flavors of Asia,” and even an Instapot class! The space at Ramekins is also great for events, and the team offers catering as well.
Beau Wine Tours is happy to show you to way to great Napa Valley restaurants in Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga. And in Sonoma County enjoy Sonoma restaurants in Healdsburg and Sonoma and check out the Michelin starred restaurants of Napa Valley and Sonoma.
Let Beau Wine Tours tailor your tasting experience to your palate while showcasing the finest wines in Napa Valley. Contact our reservations team here and let us help you.