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SPRING 2018 CAMP SCHRAMSBERG -- March 11-13, 2018
On the first night, you will enjoy a sparkling wine reception and dinner in the historic Scrhamsberg 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 Winemakers Hugh Davies and Sean Thompson, where you will prune vines in order 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 as sit with the winamaking team in order to create a blend of base wines in order 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 open 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 chance to mingle with your fellow graduates.
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.