So you love wine. You also love good food. You probably like to cook. If you’re nodding your head right now, it’s time to plan a wine country culinary experience. Napa and Sonoma Valley is loaded with opportunities to learn new techniques and how to cook different cuisine all while learning from an experienced chef-instructor. Did we mention that you’ll be learning in a state-of-the-art kitchen? Or how about cooking right in the vineyard?
If all of this has you saying “yes please” then read on to find the best cooking class for your next trip to Napa and Sonoma. We have the scoop on gastronomic adventures for every palate and personality.
For the Top Chef fanatic
The venerated Culinary Institute of America’s Napa Valley location at Greystone sits in the heart of wine country and boasts an impressive catalog of classes for cooking enthusiasts. If you’re serious about honing your knife skills and technique, sign up for one of their Boot Camps, which run in 2, 3 or 5-day sessions. If you’re looking for a less-intensive experience consider one of their Saturday classes or demos. Choose from topics like The Power of Sauces or Artisan Breads at Home. Get details here.
For the restaurant critic
Relish Culinary Adventures, based in Healdsburg, runs the gamut from technique-based classes like mozzarella-making in their state-of-the-art culinary center to multi-course hands-on feasts prepared in the vineyard. Their list of chef-instructors reads like a who’s who of wine country superstar chefs and cooking show personalities that you’ll have to see to believe. Read about instructors and the class offerings here.
For the locavore
Cooking with Julie, based in St. Helena, is here to fulfill all your farm-to-table fantasies. Julie will take you on a morning farmer’s market excursion to select the best fruits and veggies for your class that day. You’ll return to her kitchen to prepare a wine country feast from your local bounty. Get details on farmer’s market classes here.
For the cook who is just here for the wine
Visit Whitehall Lane Winery in St. Helena for a private cooking class with Chef Larry. Perfect for small groups who want equal parts learning, eating and drinking, Chef Larry will prepare a wine country feast in front of you, pairing each dish with Whitehall Lane Wines. Get details and book your class here.
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