Spotted / Napa, CA / Camp Covert
Taking you on a special retreat to the great wine and culinary capital of Napa Valley. This unique experience called Camp Covert is a farm-to-fork journey for groups of 12-20 people. With the arrival of our warmer seasons, this is a wonderful and hands-on way to celebrate a day full of farm, food and wine with friends and family. The experience is in three parts and I’ll take you through each one of them.
First stop is a visit to Stone Tree Farm, a gorgeous two-acre farm in Coombsville that is also home to Chef Malcolm de Sieyes, the founder of Silverado Cooking School and a premier private chef of Napa Valley. It is here where he grows the organic produce for the cooking school and where you and your group will gather ingredients for your meal later in the day. You’ll walk past fruit trees, raised beds, berry bushes, meet the chickens and stroll through the floral gardens.
After all the ingredients are gathered and you’ve had time to enjoy the farm, you’ll next visit the newly opened Covert Estate.
Perched on a steep hillside overlooking the valley, Covert is a private, reservation-only estate offering a very limited production of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc wines. The winery was founded by two wine-collecting families, as well as Julien and Elan Fayard. Julien, the winemaker, will greet you with a glass and will explain the history of the estate and the winemaking process, as you make your way through the cellars.
You’ll then convene in the sleek subterranean tasting salon which opens to an outdoor seating area and fire pit that overlooks the vines. Here you’ll taste another selection of wine along with some small bites.
The final stop is a short drive to the Fayard’s newly renovated barn where you’ll get to cook alongside Chef Malcolm, enjoy more wine and a delicious three-course meal.
The barn is a perfect place to unwind and offers great views of the valley around.
The menu is seasonal and based on what’s growing in Chef Malcolm’s garden. You’ll enjoy three magnificent courses each paired with a Covert wine. Relax or take a stroll around the property to work off your belly.
Camp Covert is a one-of-a-kind immersion into the best of Napa Valley. A great option if you’re looking for a unique and memorable experience with your friends and family — minus the crowds and reservations required to book your large party elsewhere. The private experience must be booked in advance and is available from June through November. Pricing starts at $400 per person. For more details, contact Rebekah Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 707.224.1959.
*All images by me, Leslie.