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The Spring 2019 Camp Schramsberg Blending Session, March 10-12, 2019 is currently sold out. Please contact our Camp Director, Matthew Levy, to be placed on the waitlist. He can be reached at or at 707-942-2408.

The Camp Schramsberg Blending Session is a three-day sparkling wine adventure, led by Schramsberg's Vintner Hugh Davies and Chef/Enologist Holly Peterson. The Camp Schramsberg experience uncovers the mystery of how sparkling wines are born. 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 Schramsberg caves, 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 Hugh Davies and Director of Winemaking Sean Thompson, where you will prune vines to prepare them for bud break. Learn how vineyard location, soil content, viticultural practices, and clonal selection play a critical part in creating the complex flavors in Schramsberg wines. You will also receive hands-on experience with the winemaking team to create a blend of base wines to design a final cuvée for bottling. During your time at the winery, you will also receive an overview of the sparkling winemaking process - from harvest through bottling. For lunch, delicacies prepared by Meadowood Valley's chefs, will be used to illustrate how ingredients can complement and contrast wine flavors. A full afternoon of food and sparkling wine pairings follow, under the direction of Holly Peterson. Holly will guide you through basic to advanced component tastings and will teach campers the art of sabering opens a bottle of sparkling wine. Finish the day with an optional library wine dinner at a local restaurant ($145 per person, in addition to the camp fee).

Day three starts with breakfast at Meadowood Napa Valley and is followed by a tour of Schramsberg's historic caves, a riddling demonstration, and tasting with the winemakers to finish off the final blend for the wine you started the day before. Lunch, prepared by the Meadowood Napa Valley's culinary team, leads into a group sparkling wine menu creation contest. The program finishes with awards for the best menus, and a graduation with certificate presentation.

The fee for Camp Schramsberg 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.

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