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Fair price for driver service to wineries

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Fair price for driver service to wineries

My husband and I are visiting Napa in a few weeks. We've been told to get a driver for 1 day. What should I expect a fair price to be? Also, we're planning on making 2 appointments throught the day, staggered, and then just hitting other places here and there...is 9:30 to 3:30 for the driver a good time frame? any help is greatly appreciated. thank you!

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1. Re: Fair price for driver service to wineries

Tater-

The vast majority of folks who visit Napa drive themselves around, and just make sure they don't taste on an empty stomach. Many also taste using the method preferred by professional wine tasters: The 5 "S's": Swirl, Sniff, Sip, Swish (in your mouth), and Spit.

The French say you should drink 2 glasses of water for every glass of wine, and we think this is good advice. It helps keep you hydrated (very important in this dry climate), and can also prevent feeling icky the next day!

Perhaps the biggest reason to moderate your tasting is that your pallete is shot after 6 or 7 full glasses of wine. So if you drink so much that you are inebriated, chances are your ability to discern good wines from crummy ones will be seriously impaired.

All that being said, most car and limo rentals run from $55 to 85 per hour, with a 4 hour minimum. Check with the innkeeper where you are staying-- they will be happy to reserve with a company that has provided good service to their guests in the past.

Please don't just choose on price: Nothing is worse that paying hundreds of $$ for a driver, and getting someone who is either a frustrated tour guide (taking you to their friend's wineries instead of where you want to go), or, worse-- having a driver who does not know the area, and gets stuck in traffic, or lost.

And yes, we've had guests who have had this happen to them when they booked themselves and tried to save 20 or 30 bucks. Yuck!

You asked about hours: Most folks hire a car from 10am to 3 or 4 pm, since the wineries are open from 10 to 4:30/5:30. It all depends on how far you are away from your first winery.

We realize this may not be the exact advice you asked for, but we hope that it helps. Have a great time in the wine country! :)

-The Innkeepers

Napa Old World Inn

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