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Vail travel: Pack a Fork tour offers behind-the-scenes look at Napa harvest

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Napa Harvest 2016: A Gourmet Food & Wine Adventure will take an intimate group of no more than 15 to experience the best of “crush” in Napa.
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What: Napa Harvest 2016: A Gourmet Food & Wine Adventure.

When: Sept. 25-30.

Where: Napa Valley, California.

Cost: $3,542 per person based on double occupancy; single room supplement $900; some double bed rooms are available; airfare and round-trip ground transportation between airport and Senza Hotel not included.

More information: For additional details and the tour itinerary, visit www.packafork.com.

NIWOT — Pack a Fork, a boutique tour company based in Colorado, is offering a six-day gourmet food and wine tour to Napa Valley, California, Sept. 25-30. Napa Harvest 2016: A Gourmet Food & Wine Adventure will take an intimate group of no more than 15 to experience the best of “crush” in Napa.

“Harvest is the best time of the year to visit bountiful Napa Valley,” said Patty Moss, owner of Pack a Fork.

With warm days and cool nights, grapes being harvested and a year’s worth of work coming to fruition, participants will experience the valley at its best. The tour is carefully designed to offer unique, curated experiences, private excursions, specially selected gourmet meals and luxury accommodations.

Local tour guides and chefs will provide participants with behind-the-scenes looks into the harvesting of grapes, the art and science of wine-making and viticulture, olive oil production and the farm-to-table movement.

Full Stomachs, schedules

Participants will cook with a Napa chef, tour the Napa Farmers and Oxbow Markets, take a culinary garden tour, visit an award-winning olive oil farm, taste wine at select wineries, learn how to blend wines and experience food and wine pairings.

Meals will feature the bounty of local seasonal ingredients at well-known and well-loved Napa and Yountville restaurants, as well as one luncheon on a winery terrace overlooking the vineyards in every direction. The tour will culminate with a chef-guided farm-to-table dinner using produce and meats from the farm.

Important to Pack a Fork tours is time to unwind and relax. This is built in to the itinerary, so guests can have free time to do as they wish alone or with new friends.

“This is a unique, customized experience for men and women who want to discover the best of Napa,” Moss said. “It will be led by local guides, committed to giving guests immersive experiences in the valley they love so much. There will be main attractions and off-the-beaten path experiences. Experience, learn, create and immerse yourself in some of the best Napa has to offer.”

Normally a travel company catering to women older than 40, Pack a Fork has opened this tour to men and women 40 and older, including solo travelers and couples. The registration and deposit deadline is June 24. Potential participants should contact 303-652-1535 or info@packafork.com.