On Friday Nov. 1st we are organiozing a full-day trip to the wine country. All attendees and speakers are welcome to register for this excursion. There will naturally be an extra charge for this activity, but we have been able to secure some pretty exceptional rates. The cost for will be $70 or less depending on the number of people that register.


If you would like to register for the wine tour, please email Raymond de Lacaze with your intention to do so.




Napa Valley Wine Tasting - Silverado Trail

The Napa Valley region is hands down the "Crown Jewel" of Northern California’s wine country. This would still be true if this region did not produce some of the world’s best wines due to its stunning natural beauty. This region is blessed by the cool fog that rolls in from San Pablo Bay on its southern side and warmer weather on the northern side near Mt St Helena. Due to the 10-12 degree difference in weather temperatures, this region produces many diverse varietals to please any connoisseur.

This valley is dotted with amazing turn of the century chateau-like wineries that are built from stones from this rocky terrain. All this is surrounded by the grace of world-renowned vineyards. We will stop for a bit of bubbly in the Carneros Region at the most impressive European chateau Domain Carneros. We get to experience this French chateau on the eastern side of the valley along the Silverado trail with our first stop at Signorello and then on to Clos Du Val Winery with its fine redwood tasting room. A quick drive through the tree lined back roads leads us to the vast Trefethen Vineyards. The entrance driveway of this large estate is so impressively long; it was used as a private airstrip for Mr. Trefethen back in the day. The Dry Riesling here is incredible as are many of the older aged (1990-1995) reds they serve here for tasting. Then were off to the Laird Family Estate where you can experience fine Chardonnay in one of the newest contemporary style destinations in the valley.  Sweeping vistas of the valley are impressive from the tasting room up on their perch. On our return to San Francisco we’ll stop high above the Golden Gate Bridge in the Marin Headlands for a fantastic group photo and vista of the city, bridge, ocean, bay and beyond.


What’s included

Visits to 3-4 winneries with wine tasting, tours, shopping at their gift boutiques and more.

*10 copies of the group photo (8X10) after the tour as a momento and souvenir as well as the digital photos.

*Everyone can pick his or her sandwich for lunch. We provide fruit, beverage, dessert and 4-6 bottles of wine with lunch.

*Round trip transportation will be in a new 53-passenger motor coach for your comfort with a local and friendly guide.


*This coach offers plush seating, a restroom and great views out of the large tinted windows.


*Complimentary wine tastings at the wineries, 1 cellar tour or vineyard tour (weather permitting) with a vintner.

*Lunch is served in a beautiful picnic setting in a winery where we stop.