NAPA VALLEY In just three years, Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts, named for the goddess of abundance, has become an important center for culinary education. Its wine program, under the direction of Master of Wine Peter Marks, is the only one west of the Mississippi to offer the full Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) curriculum, the gold standard of British wine programs and a prime incubator of Master of Wine (MW) candidates. Since many students come from outside Napa, Marks, a refugee from the dot-com world ("I went from one nonprofit to another," he quips), often compresses the introductory course into one weekend. In addition to the WSET program, Copia hosts tastings and seminars; guest lecturers include local winemakers and faculty from the enology school at the University of California, Davis.
DETAILS Two-day introductory course, $595; average class size, 40; 500 First St., Napa, California; 888-51-COPIA or copia.org.
The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone