Believe or not, there is more to do in Napa than taste wine. During our recent trip to Napa, we visited the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, a cooking school in St. Helena that has opened its doors to the public for a variety of culinary experiences.
While we were there, we received a tour of the teaching kitchen, dined on their terrace with incredible views, and tasted super-premium olive oils at their flavor bar ($15 a person). If olive oil isn’t your thing, there’s a chocolate tasting and a session on how to taste like a chef (both $10 a person). The CIA at Greystone also offers evening wine classes, which run $25 a person.
A trip to the CIA at Greystone is a must for anyone traveling to the Napa area. If you’re a foodie, this place will rock your world. The equipment alone will make you geek out. There’s even a store where you can purchase all your kitchen needs and then some.
The flavor bar is the perfect 20-minute activity to rev up your palate before a meal at the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant. Check out our photo gallery for pictures of the terrace with views and some of the food we ate. My blueberry mojito hit the spot after a day of wine tasting. We highly recommend this restaurant, even if it’s the only part of Greystone you actually make it to. Go here for a meal. You will not be disappointed. The views alone, which rival Auberge du Soleil, are worth the visit.
We can’t wait to go back to try the chocolate flavor bar and take a wine tasting class. If you’ve been to the other flavor bar experiences or have taken a wine tasting class at Greystone, please comment below and let our readers know about how it was!