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Napa & Sonoma Escapes

Join M Wine Education Fall 2017 on a small-group tour of wine country! M is planning the ultimate insider getaways to Napa and Sonoma.
 
Sonoma dates: arrive Thursday, October 19 and depart Sunday, October 22
Napa dates: arrive Thursday, October 26 and depart Sunday, October 29
 
Thursday 'Welcome Dinner’ to get acquainted with your fellow wine enthusiasts.

Friday and Saturday you will enjoy a fun and informative day of touring, tasting and dining. You’ll visit three to four wineries each day that are rich in charm and history. M is very fond of the smaller, family "boutique" wineries, but there are no strict rules. Guests can expect to tour a winery, take in some exceptional views, stroll through the vines, learn about wine making, and discover the stories, history and people behind the wine. 

Lunch could be a multicourse wine and food pairing event where you will enjoy stunning vineyard views and a fine dining presentation at a shared table. Dinner may be a casual, laid-back meal of small-plates, “some wildly inventive and others comfortingly familiar”, paired with local wines. 
 
Sunday free time or morning and luch tour and tasting prior to departure.
 
This intimate grape escape, limited to six adventurous oenophiles, will be touring wine country by SUV. Morning pick-up will be 9:00 a.m. with a return time of 5:00 p.m. If your accommodation is within the wine region you'd like to tour, M will likely be able to pick you up and drop you off. Otherwise, she will meet you at a pre-arranged public place with ample parking. The same applies to dinner service to-and-from accommodation. These excursions are ideal for individual travelers, couples or a small group.
 
M can also provide you with a grape escape that is custom designed to your specifications. Why settle for a trip that is merely the “closest match” to what you want to do?
 
Sample Friday & Saturday Sonoma Itinerary
 
Friday - Russian River Valley
Pick up from your Sonoma accommodation at 9:00 a.m. by M and driven to your 10:00 Iron Horse Tour & Bubbly Tasting in Green Valley. From Iron Horse you will make your way to Sebastopol for an 11:30 Lynmar Estate Wine & Food Pairing Lunch on the patio overlooking their stunning gardens. Lunch is followed by two more tastings: 1:00 Merry Edwards Tasting, 3:00 MacRostie Estate House Tasting. After a full day of touring and tastings you’ll be driven back to your accommodation by 5:00 to freshen up. At 7:00 you will be picked up and head to Healdsburg for  a 7:30 dinner reservation that may be a Relish Culinary Adventure or a fine dining experience at Baci Cafe & Wine Bar.
 
Saturday - Alexander Valley & Chalk Hill
Enjoy a leisurely morning at your accommodation before proceeding to your 10:00 tasting at Vérité’s beautiful estate on Chalk Hill Road, located in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains. From Vérité you will take a short drive to Stonestreet for a 12:00 seated tasting experience featuring their current release and single vineyard wines. After spending a fun and informative 90 minutes at Stonestreet you’ll need lunch so M will have arranged the ultimate culinary experience at Skipstone Ranch where you will enjoy a selection of their wines paired with local and seasonal fare prepared by their Estate Chef. This experience will last 2-2.5 hours and you will leave satiated! Dinner will be a little later so that you can recover and will be tapas-style dining at Bravas or at Willi's where they feature international small plates in a casual environment.