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Grape Camp participants (credit: Darren Miller Photography)

Grape Camp participants (credit: Darren Miller Photography)

by Jeff Hoyt

It’s early morning and I’m hunched over in a cold Sonoma Valley vineyard wielding razor-sharp shears picking thousands of grapes while trying not to cut off my fingers. I am reminded of the protesting words Billy Crystal’s character Mitch Robbins in “City Slickers” yells as he is getting dragged behind a cow: “I’m on vacation!!!!”

At least I didn’t have to harvest grapes at night like many of the real vineyard workers when the cold makes the fruit easier to move. And after picking, most real crews don’t get to refresh with 2005 J Vineyards & Winery Vintage Brut. I am spending my vacation at Sonoma County Grape Camp, which gives wine aficionados and rookies alike a few days of hands-on experience in the wine world from grape picking and stomping to wine pairing and blending.

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A guest room at Hôtel de Paris Saint-Tropez

A guest room at Hôtel de Paris Saint-Tropez

There are many good reasons to visit Saint-Tropez: the seaside glamour, the star-spotting, the hot nightlife and now the Hôtel de Paris Saint-Tropez. Discover the new luxury property coming to southeastern France with the hotel’s Grand Opening special.

Be the first to experience one of its 90 rooms and suites, Le Suffren Café by Georges, Spa My Blend by Clarins and rooftop terrace with clear-bottom pool suspended above the atrium. The décor is contemporary design with a palette of warm Mediterranean tones and bright accent colors inspired by the surrounding village. Bonus amenities include free Wi-Fi in guest rooms and public spaces, iPod stations, a pillow menu and terraces overlooking the landscaped patio.

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