napa valley EPICUREAN ADVENTURE for 2


The Meritage Resort and Spa is located at the southern tip of Napa Valley in the Carneros region near where Napa and Sonoma meet. Situated on an eleven-acre private vineyard, this is an experience like no other for wine enthusiasts. 

Join Julie Logue-Riordan, CCP, for an insider's look at Napa Valley's culinary scene, as she takes you on an intimate tour of local farmers markets followed by a small group hands-on cooking class and 3 course lunch paired with California wine.

Enjoy a 3 hour journey for 2 along the 36-mile round-trip between the historic town of Napa and the quaint village of St. Helena. Enjoy a fresh chef prepared multi-course gourmet lunch or dinner aboard a stylishly refurbished antique Pullman rail car. 

Enjoy a private tour and tasting for 2 with Dr. James and Patricia Talcott, as they welcome you to Talcott Carneros Olive Ranch. Begin with a flute of Prosecco before you are guided on a comprehensive tour and discussion of olive trees and oil production. Upon returning from the grove, you will be welcomed into the Talcott’s private home to experience an exclusive award-winning olive oil taste sensation. The finishing touch features artisan French Vanilla Bean ice cream dressed with Talcott Olive Oil, sea salt and ground black pepper.

  • Cooking class and Oxbow Market tour with “Cooking with Julie” cooking school, including a 3-course lunch with wine pairings for 2

    • NOTE: This experience is offered on Mondays and select Tuesdays. The Napa Farmers Market may be offered instead of the Oxbow Market on select dates. Classes, dates, and locations subject to change.
  • Gourmet lunch for 2 on the Napa Valley Wine Train

  • 3 night stay in a standard guest room at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley

  • $150 gift card from CIA to use towards classes, dining and retail

  • Round-trip coach class airfare for 2 from within the 48 contiguous U.S. to San Francisco or Oakland, CA

  • Booking and concierge service


Daily resort fee is included in this package. Resort fee currently includes one bottle of wine (per stay), bottled water, local calls, business center and fitness center, wireless internet, parking and evening shuttle to downtown Napa. A stay can be reserved, based on availability, anytime during the year with the exception of Christmas, New Year’s, and Thanksgiving, in addition to May 23-28; Jun 20-24; July 26-28; Sept 27-28 and weekends in September and October. Additional blackouts may apply. Nights must be used during one stay. Airfare taxes are the responsibility of the purchaser. Winner has 12 months to book and 24 months to travel. 

Charity Cost: $3,595

Cooking Class
Wine Train
Dining in the Vineyard
Meritage Napa Valley