ONE PRICE, A HALF DOZEN TASTES: The start of summer -- the official start, around the solstice, when the feeling that you have to seize the moment and enjoy the longer, languid days really starts to kick in -- can set people's minds to travel and adventure. Passports frequently pay a big part in those daydreams, but they're not always the kind of passports you have stamped at airports and points of entries. Very often a wine country town will create its own booklet of sorts, one that records all of the wineries a person has been to and when and maybe even what was tried (of course, the oenophile would absolutely want to take notes on favorites and kinda-likes). Some passports do come back around in the wintertime, like Calistoga's popular Winter in the Wineries program, but some are right for summertime sippage. That's Yountville's approach, for the restaurant-laden burg has just announced the Taste Life Here Tasting Passport. The new passport program nets a wine-loving adventurer the nice chance to get familiar with "six top wineries for one low price," all around the Yountville area.
THAT PRICE... is fifty nine dollars. And the wineries? Hestan Vineyards, Hope & Grace, Priest Ranch, Jessup Cellars, Cornerstone Cellars, and Hill Family Estate. This enables people to save some significant money on the tasting room fee , and to be entered in a "chance to win a two-night stay at Yountville's Napa Valley Lodge or Napa Hilton Garden Inn," once all six winery visits are complete. Plus? A passport has a way of compelling a person out of around-the-house complacency, which everyone can weather, even the most weekend-loving adventurers among us. The Yountville passport program runs for a year, starting on July 1, so passportees will have real reason to pop by Napa Valley, the better to complete that half-dozen winery circuit.
A BONUS: You'll save ten bucks on the price if you purchase before Aug. 1. Cheers and happy wine-education-fun-times, Yountville explorers.