It is that time of year when we all start to plan our vacation.  Where do you want to go and what do you want to see?  For those of you headed out west to the wineries, I have some advice that you may not have heard.

1)     Plan ahead.  Aim for 45 days out, because if you don't, you may not  get to do everything you want to do.

2)     Always, Always, pick one valley.  Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino..choose one direction and focus on that area.  If you plan too many wineries in different valleys, you will spend most of your trip in a car stuck in traffic.

3)     You must give to receive.  Whether you are visiting a small or large winery, walk in with a great attitude.  The attitude that you bring dictates how you will be treated.