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FREE Napa Wine Tasting 2019 - Recommended by BevMo! - Napa on a TINY Budget!

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Tank tasting at Bouchaine Vineyards - FREE!

Tank tasting at Bouchaine Vineyards - FREE!

It looks like it’s 1988 all over again! Back then my friends I would would hop into my crappy car, pop in a mix tape (The Cars, David Bowie, Elvis Costello) and drink wine all day… for FREE! Well happy days are here again with a very limited time promo that gets you FREE tastings in Napa Valley for the first half of 2019. BevMo Loves the Priority Wine Pass and recently named it the #1 Deal in Napa. And now it’s even better with these FREE Napa Wine Tasting offers.

Here’s How It Works - Get a Wine Pass

Normally I tell people to get one wine pass per couple as it’s mainly 2 for 1’s, but with this promo the pass becomes your Napa Passport for FREE tastings. Each person with their own pass can enjoy a day or more of free tastings and tours - full flights, not Groupon watered down “specials”. So let’s start there - get your Wine Pass here right now. It will be $39.99 but you will save, oh boy will you save!

The FREE Napa Wine Tasting Itinerary

NEWS FLASH 1/11/19 …. NEW WINERIES JUST ADDED TO THE FREE TASTING LIST FOR LOCAL WALLY READERS…. STERLING AND THEIR TRAM RIDE NOW 2 for 1 (SAVE $35), RUTHERFORD RANCH NOW FREE (SAVE $35), TEACHWORTH WINERY NOW FREE (SAVE $50). NOTE: Deals come and go so please call each winery prior to arriving as deals can change at any time and without notice.

Charles Krug offers historic architecture and sprawling grounds, a “must see” Napa winery.

Charles Krug offers historic architecture and sprawling grounds, a “must see” Napa winery.

Stop 1: Charles Krug

Start with the 10:30 tour and tasting and visit one of Napa’s most iconic and historic wineries. Normally $65, but free for those with the Wine Pass. Right there the Wine Pass more than paid for itself - and the day’s just begun. Make reservations once you have your wine pass.

Free Tram Ride and Tasting at Sterling!

Free Tram Ride and Tasting at Sterling!

Stop 2: Sterling Vineyards

Ride the tram to the top where you’ll find a self guided tour and a spectacular tasting room with a view to match. FREE with the wine pass, save $35.

Insane views at Burgess Cellars

Insane views at Burgess Cellars

Stop 3: Burgess Cellars

If the Disneyland sized crowds at the touristy wineries make you want to chuck the wine and hit the vodka then you need to take the short, scenic drive to Burgess Cellars where the tastings are in an intimate setting surrounded by actual barrels of wine (not props!) and the views are stunning. Private tastings, make reservations, and free. Save $30.

You like red wine? Come to Conn Creek Winery!

You like red wine? Come to Conn Creek Winery!

Stop 4: Conn Creek Winery

For you red wine lovers make sure you hit up the FREE tastings at Conn Creek Winery. Pocket the $25 tasting fee and sip some really nice Bordeaux style reds. They also do an incredible blending seminar but for now just do the freebie tasting and keep moving to get the most out of your free wine day.

Cool tasting room, historic winery, Grigich Hills

Cool tasting room, historic winery, Grigich Hills

Stop 5: Grgich Hills (M-F Only)

Remember that movie Bottle Shock where the Napa wineries beat out the French in the 1976 blind tasting? The winemaker who made the winning chardonnay was Mike Grgich and this is his winery. Great wines, low key ambiance, save the $25 tasting fee with this Wine Pass deal.

One more stop - Jessup Cellars

One more stop - Jessup Cellars

Stop 6: Jessup Cellars

Located in Yountville, Jessup Cellars is a cool tasting room that’s also open a bit later than the actual wineries, making it a great final stop. Get any of their flights for FREE here with this Wine Pass offer, save up to $40. And right across the street is Redd Wood, one of my favorite casual eateries and the perfect spot for a great meal that won’t break the bank.

Even more FREE tasting deals with the Napa Priority Wine Pass!

Sure, that’s about all you can fit in a day but there are other free tastings just in case you can swing another day.

A hidden gem, Bouchaine Vineyards

A hidden gem, Bouchaine Vineyards

Rutherford Ranch

Big reds and free wine is my kind of combination, save $35.

Bouchaine Vineyards

Tucked away in the Carneros area is Bouchaine Vineyards, a true hidden gem and the perfect first stop if you are coming in from the city. FREE tastings, FREE tour, FREE tank or barrel tastings (when available), and VIP service. Free with the Priority Wine Pass, make sure everyone in your party (up to 6) has their own pass. Save $50. First tasting of the day only.

Napa Wine Train

Get $25 to $35 off a Napa Wine Train Excursion with your Wine Pass, including the popular train and castle tour where you will get a private group tour of Castello di Amorosa, the full scale Napa castle.

Sutter Home

Yeah, well, Sutter Home ALWAYS has a free wine tasting offer so if you are a big fan of White Zin’s then this is your spot. Their grounds are very pretty but their wines are pretty sweet!

Sonoma Wineries

Yes, there are a TON of free tastings in Sonoma if you have the Wine Pass. Email me for the newest list.

A day of wine tasting for $39.99

Don’t pay full price for tastings when you can get them for free. And remember, part of what I do is help you plan out your trip with free and honest, unbiased advice. So email me if you need help but if you want to taste all day for the least amount of money just get the Wine Pass and hit up the free tasting deals.