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California :Wines Of The Central Coast

California, United States, North America

from $4,295* per person 7 Days Year-round
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Cork And Fork- Epicurean Travel 12 people max
  • San jose international airport, san jose, ca, united states
  • Culinary & Wine Travel trips
Highlights:

7-day/6-night wine travel program focused on the spectacular California
Central Coast including the Monterey Peninsula, Paso Robles and Santa
Barbara County, to provide exposure to the range of outstanding varietals
that thrive in this region

Three customized private guided wine tours featuring private tastings,
tours and winemaker/owner meetings at some of the finest boutique
wineries in California

Luxury accommodations including Bernardus Lodge, an intimate 57-room
hideaway with a strong epicurean focus, Hotel Cheval, a boutique,
16-room property just off the charming grassy town square of wine boom
town, Paso Robles, and the Ojai Valley Inn, a classic resort property that
sparkles thanks to a recent $100-million expansion and refurbishment

Ojai Valley Inn resort activity (golf, spa and many more from which to
choose) or optional interactive epicurean experience including lunch
with a local chef at an Ojai culinary studio
A complete set of recommended activities for time at leisure, ranging
from shopping to cultural visits, etc.

A customized fine dining program that will expose you to the outstanding
range of cuisine and fresh local produce available year round on the
Central Coast
Transfers via luxury minicoach throughout the program

Locations visited/nearby

California, United States, North America

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Special information

  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.

Itinerary

Day One: Arrival to San Jose International Airport at or before 2:30 p.m. Private transfer 1 hour 30 minutes to the
Carmel Valley. Late afternoon at leisure at Bernardus Lodge. Wine dinner on property at Marinus, the award-winning
fine dining restaurant at Bernardus. Your private group dinner, held in the Magnum Room at Marinus, will feature a
four-course tasting menu paired with exceptional Central Coast wines. The Marinus sommelier will provide commentary
on each wine selected from their 1,800-bottle cellar, and, based on availability that evening, you will meet Marinus's
standout chef, Cal Stemenov. Accommodations: Bernardus Lodge, an intimate getaway deep in the Carmel Valley

Day One: Arrival to San Jose International Airport at or before 2:30 p.m. Private transfer 1 hour 30 minutes to the
Carmel Valley. Late afternoon at leisure at Bernardus Lodge. Wine dinner on property at Marinus, the award-winning
fine dining restaurant at Bernardus. Your private group dinner, held in the Magnum Room at Marinus, will feature a
four-course tasting menu paired with exceptional Central Coast wines. The Marinus sommelier will provide commentary
on each wine selected from their 1,800-bottle cellar, and, based on availability that evening, you will meet Marinus's
standout chef, Cal Stemenov. Accommodations: Bernardus Lodge, an intimate getaway deep in the Carmel Valley

Day Three: Your private transfer will depart Carmel in late morning, perhaps stopping for lunch at Nepenthe, a CORK &
FORK favorite on the coast at Big Sur that features a million-dollar coastline view. Continue on the highly-scenic Pacific
Coast Highway 2 hours 15 minutes (and many more views) to San Simeon where you will enjoy a tour of Hearst Castle.
Following the tour, your driver will take you into the booming wine town of Paso Robles (45-minute transfer). In the evening,
enjoy a dinner at Villa Creek, a Sonoran-style, relatively informal restaurant that is extremely popular with area winemakers
and the wine trade. Accommodations: Hotel Cheval, a new, 16-room boutique property that quickly has made a name for
itself as one of the premier small properties in the Central Coast.

Day Four: We've scheduled day four as a leisurely day in the Paso area. Following a continental breakfast in your room,
enjoy the morning at leisure in Paso Robles. After a picnic lunch in wine country, relish a customized private wine tour of
some of the finest boutique Rhone and Zin producers of Paso Robles. In the evening, walk to dinner at Artisan, another top
Paso restaurant.

Day Five: Depart mid-morning via a private, two-hour scenic transfer to Santa Barbara. Enjoy lunch in Santa Banbaia at
The Wine Cask followed by time at leisure in Santa Barbara. When ready, your driver will transfer you 45 minutes to the
impossibly beautiful and majestic Ojai Valley for check in at the Ojai Valley Inn, a landmark resort property established in the
1920s. Late afternoon will be at leisure. Enjoy dinner on property at the Inn at one of several restaurants. Accommodations:
Ojai Valley Inn

Day Six: Morning will be at leisure at the resort. Included in your program is a resort activity such as a spa treatment or
another activity such as golf (rental clubs have not been included in the pricing), kayaking, fishing, etc. Another option for all
or part of the group is to schedule a half-day epicurean experience with Chef Laurence Hauben. Born in France, Laurence
has lived in Santa Barbara for more than 20 years. A morning cooking lesson featuring local ingredients would be followed
by lunch. This option has not been included in the program pricing. After lunch, you will enjoy a private guided wine tour of
Santa Barbara Wine Country. Visits with private tastings and at least one winemaker meeting are included in this program.
Return to the Inn by 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be either be on property (at a different resort restaurant than the previous night) or
at Suzanne's Cuisine, the pinnacle of fine dining in town where you will enjoy inventive French-Italian fare, the freshest local
ingredients and their attentive staff. Accommodations: Ojai Valley Inn

Day Seven: Departure from Ojai. 90-minute transfer to Los Angeles International Airport for return flight.

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