Napa Valley Wine Tasting: The High Cost of “Free”
Apr. 1, 2018 | by Jim Beazley
But first, just let me put all this into prospective for you.
If the fact that there are over 400 wineries in the Napa Valley isn’t astounding enough, let’s consider that a full 290 of them now require appointments.
Some 85 offer tastings right out of their still-fermenting barrels!
There are 89 who don’t require appointments. And only 14 officially offer “complimentary” wine tastings with purchase of wine.
Finally, according to “Visit Napa Valley” (the official tourism bureau), wine tasting fees ranges from $5 to $50 per person. And the wineries with special tours or food pairings run from $60 to $150 per person.
Our guests usually can only muster four winery visits in a given day of tasting and touring. A typical “wine tasting/tour” offers at least four wines. So, let’s do the math…four wineries, four wines each – that’s 16 “tastes” of wine!
You may not be surprised that most guests return to the inn and go straight to their rooms for a nice long nap. Now, multiply this by the average stay of three days and you can understand why guests sometimes don’t order wine with dinner.
In winter the green hills have more in common with Ireland than Southern California. Mustard turns the dormant vineyards bright yellow, then green, then into Nature’s golden fields. Spring, summer and fall will greet you with lush trees, gorgeous flowers, and an electric buzz of being in a world-renown wine and food mecca.
In this small slice of paradise live many people dedicated to the finest examples of food and wine to be found on the planet. Oh, and for a small price they will let you taste it.
There are nearly as many ways to experience the Napa Valley wine scene as there are wineries, and you can depend on your innkeepers here at the Beazley House to help with an itinerary no matter what your level of “wine education.” You will be sent into the Napa Valley confident in the choices of wineries you’ll be visiting.