Cooking Classes in Napa Valley Wine Country

In need of a break, want a chance to learn some new recipes and techniques and what to look for to appreciate great Napa Valley wines? Then this compact two day break will be a great match for you.

This program is available Wednesday and Thursday of each week from December  through end March. We can also organize a custom program for other days, including weekends, if you have a group that would like to participate.

Cost is $175 per person for the two day program or $750 for two people  including two nights accommodation in the luxury Craftsman Inn room of your choice.


Day 1.
After check in, gather to enjoy a selection of wine and food pairings. Learn the perfect combinations of food flavors and wine selections.
Evening free to enjoy dinner in Calistoga or elsewhere.

Day 2.
Light breakfast served between 8:00 and 9:00 AM.
Following breakfast the small group (maximum 10) will participate in a full morning demonstration of seasonal wine country cooking designed for entertaining. Dishes will reflect classical wine country European influences as well as some of Gillian’s broader international experience.
The dishes prepared will be served as a sumptuous lunch.

The afternoon is free for you to enjoy a spa treatment, visit a special winery or other activity of your choice. Around 6 PM a local winery will provide a comprehensive tasting of their wines. The evening is free.

Day 3.
Full Craftsman Inn breakfast served between 8:30 and 9:30 AM.
Late morning check out.

Classes are presented by Gillian Kite, cook and owner of Calistoga’s  Wine Way and Craftsman Inns. Gillian started her culinary career in her native England where she ran her own catering business. She went on to cater, cook and teach in the UK and France before temporarily halting her professional cooking career to raise her three children. Living in America she rekindled her career giving cooking lessons to other expats in the Bay area. She moved to Calistoga in late 2003 as the new owner of the Wine Way Inn. Guests, locals and her feature on the Travel Channel’s “Taste of California” have clamored for her to once more share her approach to food with others.

If you are looking for longer classes throughout the year please check out our friends at Casa Lana Gourmet retreats.

Our cookery and wine appreciation class is a wonderful gift for someone special, you can order a gift certificate online here:

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