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Culinary Institute of America Review

The West Coast headquarters of the Culinary Institute of America, the country's leading school for chefs, are in the Greystone Winery, an imposing building that was the largest stone winery in the world when it was built in 1889. On the ground floor you can check out the quirky Corkscrew Museum and shop at a well-stocked store that tempts aspiring chefs with gleaming gadgets and an impressive selection of cookbooks. The adjacent Flavor Bar lets you sample certain types of ingredients (for example, chocolate or olive oil). Upstairs, if no special events are taking place, you can browse the Vintners Hall of Fame, where plaques fastened to 2,200-gallon redwood wine barrels commemorate winemakers past and present. Beguiling one-hour cooking demonstrations (reservations required) take place on weekends.

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  • Address: 2555 Main St./Hwy. 29, St. Helena, CA 94574 | Map It
  • Phone: 707/967–1100
  • Cost: Museum and store free, cooking demonstrations $20, tastings $10–$15, tour $10
  • Hours: Museum and store daily 10:30–6; tour 11:45, 2:45, 5; restaurant Sun.–Thurs. 11:30–9, Fri. and Sat. 11:30–10
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  • Location: St. Helena
Updated: 04-02-2013

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