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Tips for an Unforgettable Wine Country Tour in a Napa Valley Limo

May 26, 2008
You don't have to be a wine aficionado to enjoy a trip to California's world-famous Napa Valley wine country as the region features something interesting for everyone and draws visitors from all over the world. The countryside is gorgeous, the food is legendary, the people are friendly and knowledgeable, and the wine has earned a reputation for excellence. And there's no better way to experience all that the region has to offer than traveling in a Napa Valley limousine.

Napa Valley limos come equipped with their own designated driver so you can concentrate on having a great time and sample some of the world's finest wines without worrying about traffic, maps, or overindulging. If you're planning a wine country tour in a Napa Valley Limousine, use these tips to make your trip an unforgettable experience!

Conduct some research online before you leave - Do some homework and make a list of all the places you want to visit in Napa Valley and then decide which destinations are essential and which are secondary. There are plenty of wine tour packages out there but part of the fun of renting a Napa Valley limousine for the day is the ability to be flexible and spontaneous.

Consider going in the off-season - Napa Valley's off-season runs from November through April and by going during the slower months, you'll enjoy less traffic, lower rates for lodging, and greater access to the winemakers themselves for questions and insight into their craft.

Ask your Napa Valley limo rental agency for an experienced wine country chauffeur - When reserving your Napa Valley limousine, ask for a chauffeur with extensive knowledge of the area. An experienced driver will know several unique wineries that are off the beaten track and allow you to discover some great wines that have been overlooked.

See if reservations will be required - Some wineries require reservations for tastings due to local laws so make reservations before you leave or call ahead if you're making an unplanned stop.

Start early and eat a hearty breakfast - Wineries are typically open between 10 AM and 4:30 PM so if San Francisco is your starting point, plan on leaving the city no later than 9 AM for the 90 minute trip to the Valley. Eating a good breakfast primes your palate for tasting wine and helps you avoid feeling drowsy in the afternoon.

Ask your chauffeur to avoid Highway 29 - Even in the off-season, Highway 29 can get busy and there are lots of potential bottlenecks as it's one of the main routes through the Valley. Have your chauffeur stick to secondary roads and you'll avoid the traffic and touristy places and experience more of the real flavor of Napa Valley.

Don't go on a Saturday - Saturdays are consistently the busiest days of the week for wineries and restaurants in Napa Valley with lots of buses and tours in the area. Sundays are slightly less busy but Mondays through Thursdays are often your best bet for a leisurely day of wining and dining through the region.

Picnic lunch or restaurant? - The choice is up to you! There are plenty of terrific spots to enjoy a picnic lunch with a nice wine that you found along the way and no shortage of places in the area that specialize in preparing picnic lunches for daytrippers. However, Napa Valley is home to some fantastic restaurants that specialize in a wide range of cuisines including the restaurants at the Culinary Institute of America's Greystone campus in St. Helena.

But no matter whether you're in the mood for a white linen napkin lunch experience or a five napkin burger experience, you're sure to find some terrific food at any of the region's restaurants. You can even ask your Napa Valley limo driver to recommend a local greasy spoon with great food at reasonable prices.

Use these tips to help you plan a wonderful trip through the region and perhaps consider a Napa Valley limousine with a little extra style such as a vintage convertible or a classic Rolls-Royce! No matter when you visit the area or your mode of transportation, you're certain to have a great time in one of the world's great wine-producing regions!
About the Author
Sam Lavasani is President of Nationwide Limousine Service,Napa Valley limousine & Napa Limo wine Tour Company based in Northern California with a fleet of luxury vehicles including Napa Valley limo
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