Day 9 in Napa

Day 9 in Napa was a day filled with a culinary competition and unforgettable experiences. Our morning started with a culinary course that brought out the competitive spirit in all of us. Divided into teams, we embarked on creating a menu that showcased the best of Napa's seasonal produce.

After receiving our menu, we put on our aprons and got to work in the state-of-the-art kitchen. The chefs at CIA were incredibly knowledgeable and helpful, guiding us through each step of the cooking process. It was fascinating to learn about different techniques and ingredients that go into creating these delicious dishes.



 The teamwork and camaraderie within each team were a spectacle, as we worked to compete for the best dish.  

 One of the highlights of the day was learning about the importance of using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Napa Valley is known for its bountiful produce, and it was a pleasure to work with fresh and vibrant vegetables. The flavors were incredible, and it truly showcased the essence of the region.

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 As we plated our dishes, we couldn't help but feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. The attention to detail and the presentation of each course was a feast for the eyes. It was a testament to the creativity and skill that goes into being a chef.


 Once we finished cooking, it was time to savor the fruits of our labor. We gathered around a beautifully set table and indulged in the culinary delights we had created. Each dish was a symphony of flavors, perfectly complementing one another.


 The culinary course at CIA was not only a fun and educational experience but also a reminder of the incredible food culture that Napa Valley has to offer. From farm-to-table restaurants to world-renowned wineries, this region truly knows how to please the palate.


 After our meal, we had some free time to explore downtown Napa. We strolled through the Oxbow market and some shops and galleries. The atmosphere was vibrant and welcoming, making it a perfect place to spend an afternoon.



With our appetites satisfied, we bid adieu to downtown Napa and made our way to Merus, a hidden gem nestled in the breathtaking mountains of Napa. Billie our wine concierge and Kim Braddock welcomed us with open arms and a glass of Lancaster Sauvignon Blanc. We were transported to wine heaven as we delved into the history of Merus and embarked on a vertical tasting of their exceptional wines.


 The caves provided the perfect setting for our tasting, as we sampled vintages spanning from 2013 to 2018. Each sip was a journey through time, with the flavors evolving and captivating our taste buds. It was an experience that left us in awe of the craftsmanship and dedication that goes into producing such remarkable wines.



 After the tasting, we had some free time to unwind and prepare for dinner. Some of us took the opportunity to relax with a nap, while others engaged in friendly games of tennis or pool basketball. The serene surroundings of the property provided the perfect backdrop for relaxation and rejuvenation.


 Come evening, we gathered at Celadon for a dining experience that would leave a lasting impression. From the moment we stepped through the doors, we were greeted with warm hospitality and a culinary adventure that delighted our senses. The food was simply outstanding, with each dish meticulously prepared and bursting with flavor. The impeccable service added an extra touch of elegance to the evening.


 As the night progressed, the laughter and vino continued. The evening became a blur of joyous moments and unforgettable conversations. Thanks to the convenience of Uber, we all made it back to our villa safely, ensuring that the memories made on this day would be cherished for years to come.


 As I reflect on day 9 in Napa, I can't help but be grateful for the incredible experiences and the amazing people I've had the pleasure of sharing them with. Napa Valley truly is a destination that excites the senses and warms the heart. From the culinary adventures to the remarkable wines, this region offers a little slice of paradise for all who visit.