If your future tasting plans include touring Wine Country by car, here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your day. Whether you’re driving yourself have hired a limo with driver for the day, having your own vehicle offers flexibility and conveniences you won’t get with group tours and buses.
Here are three items that should fit easily into your car and will add to your tasting experience.
Cooler. If you think you may buy wine or want to take along snacks, bring a large cooler. These are handy on hot days when leaving wine in a hot trunk is not a good idea. You can also use a portable refrigerator that runs off the car battery by way of the cigarette lighter outlet.
Folding Chairs and Table. Schedule gaps between tasting appointments just to take a few minutes to enjoy the scenery, sip some water or have a snack. When there’s no picnic area, make your own (Note: avoid trespassing). You might also want to take a wine-friendly picnic backpack like the Sunflora model shown below.
Portable Car Jump Starter. If you stop to picnic and play the car radio or keep the portable refrigerator running while you’re on a two hour winery tour, your car battery could be drained to the point that it can’t start the car. A portable jump starter kept in the trunk saves the day in these situations.
The portable charger shown below has the power to start most car and truck engines, plus it can charge phones, laptops and other items via a USB cable. Remember to charge the charger regularly, an overnight charge once per month should keep it ready between uses.
Always – please drive safely and consider hiring a professional limo or assigning a designated driver in your group. Leave comments below – cheers!