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California: Meet women who run Napa Valley vineyards at their estates

Women who love wine and the wine business may want to think about taking an insider tour of Northern California vineyards owned and operated by women. They'll be entertained by vintners including Molly Chappellet of Chappellet, Joy Sterling of Iron Horse and Beth Milliken of Spottswoode and learn the ins and outs of the wine-growing lifestyle.

A Woman's Palate Boot Camp takes you through Napa Valley for three days of experiences not usually open to visitors. For example, Milliken will host a dinner and wine tasting at her Spottswoode estate in St. Helena during the May tour.

Exclusive events include visits to private farms where specially prepared meals paired with local wines are served. Sessions on cheese classes, wine flavors and profiles and the basics of viticulture are meant to make women better informed about wine.

When: Tours are offered May 4 in Napa, June 22 in Sonoma and Nov. 9 in Napa. (Best to book early because groups are small and usually sell out.)

Price: $3,400 per person. It includes lodging, meals (with wine), tastings, events and seminars, and ground transportation. Travel to and from Napa Valley is extra.

Info: A Woman's Palate Boot Camp or e-mail susan@awomanspalate.com

Mary.Forgione@latimes.com
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