Dakota Creek Winery introduces Italian tours

Published on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 by Kara Furr

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Next spring, Blaine’s Dakota Creek Winery will be hosting two Italian wine and cooking tours. May 17 to May 25 and May 31 to June 8, 2013, participants can taste their way across Tuscany and Umbria on a tour that begins and ends in Florence, Italy.

Local wine enthusiasts will have the opportunity to taste fine Italian wines, take three gourmet cooking classes, and tour the historic hill towns of central Italy while staying in four star accommodations. The tours are led by knowledgeable Dakota Creek staff and are limited to 12 participants in order to make each one an intimate experience. “It’s a very personal tour. That’s what sets us apart. We want people to be hands on,” says winemaker Ken Peck.

They hope to offer more tours throughout Europe in the coming years, but chose this area of Italy as a stepping off point because of their love of the region. Peck was drawn to the big, bold Italian wines that are so similar to Dakota Creek’s own, and hoped that his customers would be as well. They chose to focus the tour in a small area of rural Italy so that participants could be actively involved in the experience instead of sitting on bus all day. Because of this and the small group size, Peck hopes to be able to show people “things Americans wouldn’t see on a normal tour.”

For more information, visit http://great-adventures.us/Dakota_Creek/Italy_2013.html or call 360/820-4752.