Learn How Wine Gets Made: Crush Camp in Sonoma County
Harvest in late summer and early fall is a prime time to connect with the beauty of sprawling Sonoma County, the rhythms of agricultural life, and the passionate professionalism of its grape farmers and winemakers.
To go behind the scenes and meet the people who make the wine, consider attending a "crush camp" like the Sonoma County Grape Camp, 3½ days of immersion in grape harvesting, wine production, and food and wine pairing. You'll see the inner workings of the wineries and even pick your own grapes. And yes, you'll taste wine: dozens of Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, Zinfandels, Cabernets, Sauvignon Blancs, and other varietals.
Such access to wine professionals and outstanding food comes at a premium: $3,000-plus per person, including accommodations, food and wine, and transportation during the trip. As for your fellow attendees, you can expect wine lovers enthusiastic about learning, not wine snobs. After this unique communal experience—celebrated on the final day at a lavish dinner—you'll never drink a glass of wine the same way. For information visit the website of the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission (www.sonomagrapecamp.com).
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