Wine Lover’s Finishing School

    A chef with two Michelin stars and one of the world’s 100 certified Master Sommeliers will team up at Meadowood Napa Valley resort for two international dining and wine etiquette weekends to be held February 27- March 1 and March 20-22, 2009. Master Sommelier Gilles de Chambure and chef Christopher Kostow of the Restaurant at Meadowood will provide an overview of various wine-producing regions, including Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Argentina, and Chile. Guests will enjoy two meals pairing international wines with regional dishes and an excursion to nearby winery Viader. Etiquette expert Deborah King will teach country-specific behaviors from formal to casual, including making toasts and extending regional-specific greetings. The weekend, with two nights’ lodging at Meadowood, meals, and etiquette courses extending throughout the weekend, is $2,450 per person or $3,800 per couple. (www.meadowood.com)

    —Alexandra Foster

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