The Culinary Institute at Greystone, Nearby Vineyards and Redwoods, and One Local Dish

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Two Rock Valley Goats Milk Cheese at the Napa market

First things first before a day of vineyard tours and redwood forest walking: pick up a few different varieties of local cheese. This post incorporates quite a few Napa Valley favorites: Hartwell Estate Vineyards, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, Michael Chiarello’s Bottega Restaurant, and a bonus: the Redwoods and Giant Sequoias. The adventure ends in Glen Ellen, with an easy, local dinner. This itinerary need not be completed in one day.

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Hartwell Estate Vineyards

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Hartwell Estate Vineyards

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Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

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Gardens at Stag’s Leap

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Stag’s Leap

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Stag’s Leap

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In 1976, Stag’s Leap Sauvignon won the Paris Wine Tasting, putting Napa Valley on the world wine map

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Beautiful growth on the employee entrance

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At Bardessono

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The Bardessono Hotel, Restaurant, and Spa only recently opened in 2009, and it is already a world renowned luxury property.

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Outside Bottega at lunch hour

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The Culinary Institute at Greystone main building, in St. Helena

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Inside the CIA

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CIA Chefs preparing for lessons

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All kinds of chocolate ganache at the CIA

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The CIA prides itself on upholding a reputation as one of the best culinary schools in the world.

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Entering the CIA wine cellar and wine history room

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Inside the Culinary Institute’s wine history room

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Inside the Culinary Institute’s wine history room

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The Redwood forests’ history as told on a tree stump.

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How to read a tree’s rings

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In comparison…

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A family tour through the redwoods

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These trees go on forever.

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Redwoods.

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Don’t forget your Aleve for cases of extreme neck craning.

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Uncanny roots.

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Look at the size of this trunk. I wouldn’t want that landing across my car-hood in a storm.

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The Colonel Armstrong Tree is the oldest tree in the entire grove.

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End the day with a local dish at a Glen Ellen neighborhood favorite.

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