Wine Camp 2008 in Mendocino’s Spectacular Anderson Valley
Three-day Weekend Offers Delectable Excursion into Intricacies of Wine and Food
Wine Camp 2008, an intimate, all inclusive three-day weekend limited to eight campers, takes place July 17 – 19 at The Apple Farm in the heart of Mendocino County’s spectacular Anderson Valley. The focus of this exciting epicurean expedition is to enhance one’s knowledge and enjoyment of wine, food and the combination thereof.
Additional Wine Camp weekends are scheduled for September 25 -27 and October 16 – 18.
Each Wine Camp session offers a series of hands-on experiences at many of Anderson Valley’s finest producers, including Goldeneye, Londer, Navarro and Roederer Estate. Workshops and seminars will examine how wines are made, why they taste the way they do, the art of blending, the science of barrel aging, the grape varietals that thrive locally, as well as the importance of soil, topography, and clonal selection.
The Anderson Valley, described as “California’s own Shangri-La,” is
two-and–a-half hours north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Campers will be lodged in charming cottages surrounded by apple orchards and rolling vineyards. Wine Camp 2008 is hosted at The Apple Farm, which is run by Sally and Don Schmitt, founders of the internationally acclaimed French Laundry Restaurant in the Napa Valley. One of the highlights of each Wine Camp weekend is a Saturday afternoon culinary class led by Sally where “campers” help to prepare Saturday evening’s much anticipated dinner.
Wine Camp’s “senior counselor” and leader of the informal workshops is Mark Bowery, who has been involved in every aspect of the wine industry and created award-winning wine lists for restaurants such as Masa’s in San Francisco, Café Beaujolais in Mendocino, and the Albion River Inn on the Mendocino coast.
Linda Friedman, executive director of Wine Camp was a producer in the music industry before founding Mendocino’s nationally acclaimed Moosse Café which she operated for 23 years.
The all-inclusive cost is $2,500 per person, double occupancy, which includes creative, delicious meals using locally grown organic foods, and paired to highlight the nuances of each wine; and cozy accommodations in The Apple Farm’s country cottages. Readers interested in learning more about this “celebration of the senses” can log on to Wine Camp’s Web site at www.wine-camp.com or call 707-937-9912