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This is the best deal around if you want to enjoy wine country without having to worry about who is going to drive. Tip - when you stop in Yountville there is a wonderful bakery - Bouchon Bakery. Go there first as the lines can get long. Mark (our wonderful tour guide) was very knowledgeable about San Francisco and the wine area. We went to 4 wineries (actually 5 but I don't count the sparkling winery - see comments below). The first one was Milat. This is a very small winery and the host was entertaining. We understood the host becomes even more entertaining in the afternoon. Seems all of his stories involved drunk people - go figure. The 2nd one was Rutherford Hills which also included a cave tour. After this one I was very happy and had a nice buzz on. Then came the disastrous experience at the sparkling winery (Mumm) which I have noted below. The 3rd winery was Sebastiani - this winery was okay - not crazy about it. The last one was Jacuzzi winery and they were great. Make sure you tell them you are with Extranomical as they give discounts for being on the tour. The only drawback to my day was some of the other people in the van. Big tip - if you are NOT a sparkling wine fan - make your voice heard that you don't want to go to winery that only has sparkling wine. My husband and I don't care for sparkling wine but thought we'd be agreeable to the stop - BIG MISTAKE! Mark told the inconsiderate other people on the tour that we were stopping for 20 minutes. We didn't leave until 45 minutes later and that was with Mark reminding them that it was time to wrap up. If you do get stuck with something like this - just make sure the time limit is adhered to. As a result, we didn't get to have our lunch stop until 2:15. Again we had a time limit - and again inconsiderate boorish people did not honor it. Also at the Sebastiani winery one of said inconsiderate people skipped out without paying for his wine tasting. I wanted to say something in the van, but my husband wouldn't let me. So the trick is to get a bunch of nice people. And if you get jerks - to try and let them affect you as little as possible. What can I say - if you can take over the whole van with your group you will be so much better off. Thanks Mark for a wondeful time.