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How to Pick a Napa Wine Tour Limo Top 10 Tips

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How to Pick a Napa Wine Tour Limo -

Written By “MJ the Limo Man” Booking manager Land Yacht Limos LLC

Top 10 Tips for choosing your the best Limo company and getting the best rates on your Napa wine country tour!

Official Top 10 Tips for Choosing a Napa Wine Tour Limo Company are as follows:

1. Wine Tour Limo Tip Number One - Knowledge is King! – the more you can learn about the Napa Wine Country and how to charter a Napa Limo Wine Tasting Tour the better your experience will be. Learn about your Limo options, Limo pricing, Best Napa wineries, tasting fees, best places to eat afterwards or for lunch and allow for time to enjoy all there is to see at a pace that does not rush you. The knowledge you Limo Driver possesses is also key to a great day in Napa tasting wine as he can make great suggestions on where to go, save you money on tastings in some cases, and his ability to navigate efficiently will add more time to the tasting room and less time between wineries.
2. Wine Tour Limo Tip Number Two – Don’t overfill the Limo! –  Or Party Bus capacity with passengers to save money. The quality of your experience when in a vehicle off and on for 6 to 8 and up to 10 hours is dependent on having a little elbow room and space to breathe! as a rule of thumb invite one guest less than you can hold in smaller vehicles like 6 pax and 10 pax limos and 2 less that capacity in larger Super Stretch Limos like Cadillac Escalades or H2 Hummers. Also count larger people as 2 guests. Not all people are built the same and some guests will take the space of 2 passengers.
3. Wine Tour Limo Tip Number Three – Compare Apples to Apples! – When checking pricing schemes with Limo and party Bus operators. Make sure you have all of the charges accounted for when comparing pricing as many companies will “Backend Load” the fees with “Fuel Charges,” and or “Service Fees,” but nearly all will have a “Drivers Tip” or “Gratuity” which ranges from 15 to 20 percent of the bill on average. So when you see a very “Low Hourly Rate” for a certain type of Limo ve sure to chck the “Fine Print.”

4. Wine Tour Limo Tip Number Four – Be Cool and Stay Cool! – Ask about the working condition of the air conditioning unit in the Limo or Party Bus before you rent. One of the biggest problems in Summer months in the Napa, Sonoma, St. Helena, Lodi, Livermore and Calistoga wine country is that it gets very hot and many of these Limos are black inside and out. It can be even better if you can look for a white limo and strong air conditioning for when the Limo is moving slowly through the slow speed limit towns as the AC units require higher RPM’s to produce more cold air and the white Limos will attract and absorb less heat.

5. Wine Tour Limo Tip Number Five – Drink From Fine Stemware! – Ask about serving glasses for wine and champagne and if they are included or not and what type they include. There is nothing more tacky than putting a 100. dollar bottle of Champagne or Merlot into plastic flutes that keep coming apart at the base. Most reputable Limo companies offer crystal stemware and designer napkins to add to the elegance of Limo wine tasting.

6. Wine Tour Limo Tip Number Six – Bring Your Own Play List! – Find out if you can bring your own music or override the stereo with your iPhone or Android device either by using Bluetooth or your phone or iPod cables. Music really can make a huge difference when you are hearing you own favorite play list with your friends and it has a real effect on the quality of the experience had by all!

7. Wine Tour Limo Tip Number Seven – Book Ahead! – This is like most things where the “Ear;y Bird gets the best Limo and best price” The Nap wine country has become the second most popular tourist destination in the entire country second only to Disney World and Limos fly off the shelf like the bottles of wine do into pretty glasses!

8. Wine Tour Limo Tip Number Eight - “Your License Please! – Check to be sure the Limo company is properly licensed and insured which means they will have a “TCP Code” displayed prominently on their website. This is a sign that they have passed the Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol safety checks and are compliant as commercial operators of Limousines and livery vehicles. The rules are very stringent and compel the operators to check vehicle safety on every trip extensively and include random drug testing for drivers.

9. Wine Tour Limo Tip Number Nine – Know Your Limo Vehicle Options! – Ask yourself “how important is it to your group to have a brand new vehicle?” and what will that add to the cost of the Limo wine tour? Rates for brand new 2014 vehicles can add as much as $50. or more per hour to the price tag and that adds up after 8 hours to 400. plus drivers tip more in cost. If money is no option go for broke and ride in that 2014 Chrysler 300 but remember to pose a lot and take lots of pictures. The truth of the matter is that most Napa wine tours take place in well maintained Lincoln’s and Cadillac’s that are from 2000 forward to 2011 when Lincoln changed their production models on the reliable and much loved town car design. These are the workhorses that run 80% of the thousands of wine tasting tours through the Napa Wine Country Tours day after day, and they can be very affordable when you shop smart! Unless you are alone as a couple try to avoid per person wine tours they average double the cost per person for groups of 6 or more.

10. Wine Tour Limo Tip Number Ten – Keep Your Wine Cool! – Ask the Limo company if they will have a cooler to hold your wine purchases and keep them cool. Wine can be expensive and needs to be kept around 58 degrees ideally in order to preserve the fantastic properties of these signature wines! Many Limo and Party Bus companies provide coolers for just such a purpose but if not ask if you can bring your own and get some ice put in it for a full day of tasting without consequence of spoiling the bottles you treasure!

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