Category Archives: Napa Valley

Artesa Winery

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There’s something to be said for spur of the moment trips to wine country, cruising around with no plan or agenda and just popping into whichever tasting rooms catch your eye. On the other hand, that kind of approach probably wouldn’t get you to Artesa Winery–which would be a real shame. This award-winning winery is […]

Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Country Zipcar Getaway

Hey Zipsters, planning a Wine Country Zipcar getaway to Napa Valley or Sonoma? Wondering how you can have the benefit of a guided, chauffeured experience and still use your Zipcar? You could volunteer to be the designated driver for the group and just take in the scenery. That’s not a terrible option, you’ll keep everyone […]

10 Tips to Visiting Wine Country

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You’re ready to visit Napa Valley or Sonoma Wine Country, but are you ready to make the most of your trip? If you’ve hired us to be your wine country driver, you’ve got most of this covered already… if not, read on. Here are 10 tips to help you do just that: 1. Hire a driver. Even if […]

Elizabeth Spencer

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Be careful who you enjoy your next glass of wine with, you may end up in the wine business with them. That’s what happened at Elizabeth Spencer, another client favorite winery. In 1992 Elizabeth Pressler and Spencer Graham began enjoying wine together and in 1998 established the winery. It wasn’t completely on a whim though, […]

Dog Friendly Wineries Chapter 1 – Napa Valley

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Napa Valley driver’s log, May 16, 2015. It was a gorgeous day in the Valley and Lola and Coco were in the mood to hit some dog friendly wineries and see just how friendly they were. It was a casual outing, no set itinerary, just driving up the Silverado Trail looking for furry friends, good […]

Winery Picnics In Napa Valley

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Winery picnics in Napa Valley… great food, wine and scenery. Here’s the catch, most wineries won’t let you picnic on their property. For some it’s a preference but for most, County regulations restrict them. There’s a few basic ingredients that every picnic needs, the food, the place and the people. We’re guessing you have the […]

Brannan Cottage Inn

This past Sunday we were out marketing ourselves old-school, visiting places we wanted to do business with and delivering hand written cards. Brannan Cottage Inn was on our list to visit but we hadn’t actually been there since its remodel and reopening late last year… we were amazed! When I went in, I wasn’t expecting […]