If you love travel, wine tasting and vineyards then few things are better than traveling to visit different wine regions. I love visiting different parts of the world and tasting at several different vineyards. It is really relaxing, educational and it’s also really fun! Half the fun or half the problem can be getting around from vineyard to vineyard as you’re undoubtedly drinking a lot of wine. Rental cars can be risky and walking isn’t really an option.
I used to say my favorite way to get around different wineries in a particular region was via bicycle in the Mendoza region of Argentina. However, after this past weekend in the San Francisco Bay area and Napa Valley, I have a much safer and more comfortable option. Take a limousine!
Whether you are staying in San Francisco, the east bay or making a weekend of it up in Napa Valley; getting a limo to drive you and your friends around is easily the best way to go.
Nobody has to worry about drinking and driving. You only need one car if you have a big group. There is plenty of room to eat in the limo and have fun with your friends (and Godson) and best of all…you don’t have to worry about getting lost because the driver knows where he’ going!
I had been to Napa Valley several times. In fact, every time I am in San Francisco or the bay area, I make sure to get out to Napa or Sonoma. It is so beautiful out there and a great day is always had.
Since I was out in the bay area this past weekend, we decided to get a limo this time for 6 hours at $60 an hour. Not too bad at all split a few ways. Of course, we ended up using it for longer than six hours but what can you do.
We packed some great sandwiches, well Lulu, my best friends fiancé packed them along with champagne and orange juice for mimosas and lots of Pellegrino water. It was the perfect way to start the ride up to Napa. Only about a 45 minute drive from Walnut Creek was our first stop, called Domaine Carneros; which is one of my favorite in Napa Valley.
Domaine Carneros is a stunning winery. It is situated atop a hill with grape vines dotting the hill below the main mansion so to speak. It is surrounded by vineyards and the gorgeous Northern California brown hills in the background.
Sitting down for a tasting is always a pleasure. The best move it to get a tasting flight of wines to share and get a bottle or two for the table. I highly recommend the estate red. It is fantastic.
Give yourself a few hours to enjoy the views, the wine and the people. The servers are extremely knowledgeable and very helpful in what to choose. I also love that during the tasting, the glasses are served over placemats with the name of the wine on them. Some wineries just pour it for you and you have no idea what you’re tasting. So when you like or dislike something, you don’t know which it is.
Domaine Carneros is the perfect starting out point if you’re coming up from the bay area although it sets the bar very high.
The cool thing about having a limo driver is that he just hangs out and waits for you to finish. When you’re done and ready to go to the next winery, he is there waiting. The other cool thing about having a limo driver is that you can continue drinking the wines in the limo as you head up further into Napa Valley.
Some other wineries we visited were St. Supery and Artesa. Both are fantastic wineries and very different from Domaine Carneros. However, I wasn’t nearly as big a fan and next time I am out in Napa, I would try some others I haven’t had yet. However, I would definitely go back again to Domaine. I would also definitely recommend doing so in style in a limousine because if nothing else, you can pass out on the way home!