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A word about road etiquette during harvest

August 18, 2009

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If you are here, you are likely aware that harvest has started in the Napa Valley. If you are planning to be out on the roads during this busy time, please remember to have patience. For all our four star restaurants and luxury hotels we are still, very much an agricultural community. And now more than at any other time of the year on our two main highways, and the handful of smaller crossroads that connect them, things are a bit slower as trucks hauling grape trailers, tractors and wine transport vehicles make their way up and down the valley.

So please, whether you are a visitor or a resident, slow down. Allow vehicles to pull in and out of driveways and vineyard alleys. Don’t groan, or tailgate when equipment pulls in ahead of you — take a breath, look around, enjoy the scenery. Add a little more time into your schedule to allow for these inevitable delays — because this is one of the greatest wine growing regions in the world, and we are all so lucky to be here during this busy and exciting. You owe it to yourself to take it in, traffic and all. Think of it as your personal contribution to the 2009 vintage!

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