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CAMP DAVIES 2019 FALL HARVEST SESSION - WAIT LIST ONLY
Camp Davies is a three-day wine adventure, led by Schramsberg's President and winemaker Hugh Davies and Chef/Enologist Holly Peterson. The Camp Davies experience uncovers the extraordinary time of harvest in winemaking. Of course, meeting new friends and having fun is a part of it as well. On the first night, you will enjoy a sparkling wine reception and dinner in the historic J. Davies Vineyards at Schramsberg, prepared by one of the Napa Valley's fine chefs. This is your camp orientation and will prepare you for the two days ahead.
On day two, you will start with breakfast at Meadowood Napa Valley. Then it is off to the vineyards with Vintner Hugh Davies and Winemaker Sean Thompson, to harvest grapes and learn how viticultural practices, attention to sugar and acid balance, and careful harvest techniques play crucial parts in creating the complex flavors of Davies Vineyards' wines. Then it's on to Davies Winery in St. Helena, where campers expereince "the crush" and follow the evolution of the juice through the winemaking process. For lunch, delicacies prepared by Meadowood Valley's chefs, will be used to illustrate how ingredients can complement and contrast wine flavors. After lunch campers enjoy a full afternoon of interactive education, looking at the cause and effect of food to wine, under the direction of Chef/Enologist Holly Peterson. As an added treat, you will learn how to saber open your own bottle of bubbly with hands-on instruction, a feat Napoleon would perform to celebrate battle victories. The day finishes with an optional library wine dinner ($145 per person, in addition to the camp fee).
Day three starts with breakfast at Meadowood Napa Valley and is followed by a second tour of Davies Vineyards winery where campers learn the role that punchdowns, pumpovers, and skin contact play with the development of red wines. The morning includes tasting of base wines, on through the finished product, with Hugh Davies and the winemaking team. Lunch, prepared by the Meadowood Napa Valley's culinary team, leads into a group wine menu creation contest. The program finishes with awards for the best menus, and a graduation with certificate presentation on the beautiful grounds of Meadowood Napa Valley.
The fee for Camp Davies is $1,450 per person (15% discount for wine club members). Lodging and travel to/from Napa is not included. A recommended lodging list is available by request.