The Planning of a Wine Trip

Tours Like This One at Mumm Napa can be a Lot of Fun

The pre-planning of a wine trip can transform an ordinary get away into a memorable experience. There is a lot things to consider: lodging, transportation, wine tours & tasting just to name a few. Just a little preparation help you sit back and enjoy your trip because you know that everything has been arranged in advance.

Join us today to share in our experiences of past trips and things you need to consider so you can make your next trip to wine country the best ever.

Some Great References:

> Napa’s Best Cave Tour: Del Dotto Winery
> Great Sparkling Wine Tour: Schramsberg
> Tours Guides for Spain, Italy and Portugal: CellarTours

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Transportation is one of the most important aspects to a successful trip. Here the group boards a bus from Napa Valley Tours.

Wine Tastings/Lunch like this one at Cardinale make for great education and fun.

Try to get into the barrel room/cave whenever possible. Here at Nickel & Nicel we were treated to several barrel samples from the upcoming vintage.

Wheather your group is small or large – keep them moving and stay on time.

Great dinners like this one at Hurleys make for life-long memories.

Allow time for a little R&R. You don’t want to burn out.

Wine Bar tasting like this can all be set in advance. St Supre offers wine and a great art exhibit.

If you want to take your trip to the max – you can even do events like this one at J Kirkwood bottling your own barrel of wine to take home.

9 Responses to “The Planning of a Wine Trip”

  1. 1 Derrick Schneider Sep 5th, 2005 at 9:40 am

    I haven’t listened to the show yet, but I found this juxtaposition ironic:

    Great Champagne Tour: Schramsberg

  2. 2 Brian Clark Sep 5th, 2005 at 2:33 pm

    Great Point,

    Habits are hard to break. Changed from Champagne to Sparkling Wine. Thanks for the heads up.

    Brian Clark

  3. 3 Derrick Schneider Sep 5th, 2005 at 3:37 pm


    Yes, true enough. I still call CA sparkling wine Champagne from time to time. I just found it amusing.

  4. 4 keith lanpher Sep 8th, 2005 at 4:12 am

    You mentioned a “typical tasting,” why don’t you do a program on the finer points of a wine tasting?

  5. 5 Domenico Bettinelli Sep 10th, 2005 at 11:07 am

    My wife and I went to our first vineyard on our honeymoon in Nova Scotia. We stopped at Domaine du Grand Pre in the town of Grand Pre and it was great. The vineyard itself is beautiful, including all the buildings and the layout. Their store has a wine bar and they even have an art gallery featuring the work of a local artist.

    We took the $6 tour, which included a tasting of their various wines at the end.

    Coincidentally, we were listening to the podcast on ice wines during the trip and then had a chance to buy some ice wine at Grand Pre.

    The people there were kind and friendly and accommodating. The wines were very nice and since they are unavailable in the States, an opportunity to get something I wouldn’t otherwise.

    You can be sure we’ll be taking more vineyard tours. While someday we’ll probably take a tour in Napa or Sonoma, I think more of these off-the-beaten track vineyards will be on our schedule.

    I’m a relative wine novice, but my appreciation and understanding of wine has soared since I started listening to Grape Radio. Thanks guys!

  6. 6 Paul R Sep 26th, 2005 at 3:27 pm

    i’m sorry, but i just wanted to be clear on something… did jay mention some burger joint in the same sentence as the french laundry? i’m sure their burgers and onion rings are good, but….

  7. 7 Brian Sep 26th, 2005 at 7:07 pm


    You’re right, It’s not French Laundry, but it also does not cost $200 per person.

    Trust me and Jay when we tell you to stop and try it out. You will love us for the suggestion. Taylors Refresher is the best greasy spoon ever.

    Don’t miss it.


  8. 8 Jay Sep 27th, 2005 at 4:52 am

    Man do I love their shakes and fries

  9. 9 Tina May 29th, 2007 at 7:13 am

    If you can’t make it on a wine trip why not try a virtual wine tasting from your own home? (or anywhere you have access to broadband.) Go to They run internet wine tastings. You can order your tasting pack of six carefully chosen wines from around the world on the internet or over the phone and have it delivered to your home. Invite your friends. Their next event is June 21, 2007, and the theme will be “Summertime Sip ‘n’ Sizzle” with food pairings that can be prepared on the grill. They have different themes and film from different parts of the States and the world, showing you the wineries,vineyards, and all the information on the wines you are tasting.
    On the evening of the event log on with your individual passcode and watch a live wine tasting that you can interact with through the chat room. You will see a panel of wine experts who will answer your questions during the broadcast, or just chat with other participants. It is so much fun…and educational!

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