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    Raise a Glass in Class at CIA

    Who says you can't learn something on vacation? Especially if it means sampling fine wine and cheese. This year on December 16th, the Culinary Institute of America in Greystone is hosting a holiday class just for you called, "California Cheeses and the Sparkling Wines that Love Them." Sure any glass of bubbly rouses whoops and cheers, but how do you choose the right flavor? With so many to choose from, this class will train your taste buds and teach you about perfect pairings. You’ll also learn to mix and match textures to create your own favorites. And the timing couldn't be better, preparing you to wow your guests at your own New Year's Eve bash. Your short ride to the foodie mecca will wind you through the vines where the grapes you'll taste were picked. Taste and see the magic of Napa Valley come full circle. Tickets are available online.

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    Jack London State Historic Park Grand-Reopening

    Listen closely. Can you still hear the 'Call of the Wild'? Take a walk around Jack London's 'Wolf House' and you may see the ghosts of the great author's imagination. The remnants of London's cherished dream house, or 'Wolf House' as its come to be known, sit in a grassy glen north of Napa as part of the Jack London State Historic Park. Before it burned in 1913, it was his workshop and travel-souvenir cache, with 26 rooms and nine fireplaces.

    Today, a wooden walkway guides you around the ruins and into the newly renovated cottage. Experience its grand-reopening this month to see, among other things, a splendid recreation of London's writing studio. Unknown to many, London was a farmer and took great pleasure experimenting in his garden on the property. Explore the grounds for yourself and then follow your nose to the kitchen for a guided gourmet tour.

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    5 Reasons to Visit Napa During Crush

    As the summer heat gives way to the first cool autumn breeze, the grapes grow plump on the vine. Winemakers observe carefully, finally declaring, “It’s time.” The valley comes alive with excitement as everyone dives into the crush. Grapes are picked and the magical process of turning them into wine begins.

    Harvest Celebrations: Wineries throughout the valley put on parties, barbeques, and concerts to celebrate the harvest. Check out the Autumn Fête at Robert Mondavi Winery, the Crush Party at V. Sattui, and the Harvest Celebration at St. Supéry Estate for starters.

    Stomping of the grapes: If you want to get up close and personal to what our city is all about, make sure you partake in a grape stomp. You can find info. on them through wineries themselves, but we also host them on our property.

    The weather: Napa typically experiences mild weather on an annual basis. But when we reach the end of summer and the beginning of fall, the colors come to life and exude the excitement that the season of crush evokes in the first place. Expect sun, a light breeze, and cool nights during your stay.

    The smell: Yes, the rumors are true. As you drive through the endless strip of vineyards and wineries (Highway 29) during crush, the aromas of wine will overcome your senses. This will revert you back to Reason #1 to visit during this time.

    Hotel deals: We’ve got you covered on this one. We offer several exclusive packages, but to name a couple of our favorites: Fall Crush and Cabernet Season. Check out our website for further details on these wine-centric deals.
    So tonight, while you enjoy your favorite glass of wine, imagine all the little grapes that made that possible. They deserve some recognition. See you here!