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The Best of Napa Valley
Local Wally's Guide to Napa Wine Country

Ever wish you knew someone who could show you the secrets of Napa Valley? Someone who knew the best places to stay, the best wineries to visit, the best places to eat, and where to find all the free discount wine tasting coupons? Well guess what? You do!

Hi, I'm Local Wally and I know Napa. I was lucky enough to grow up around wine country and though the years I've watched Napa grow and develop into the top wine destination in the world. This is home to the big names like Robert Mondavi, Beringer, Sterling, and Charles Krug, as well as smaller boutique wineries that might not hit your supermarket wine counter but should be on your short list. It's also where you'll find Michelin star restaurants such as The French Laundry and Mustard's Grill as well as locals' favorites like Rutherford Grill. And when it's time to crash out there are plenty of hotel choices, from mud bath motels (seriously!) to 5 Star resorts. With so many options to choose from you need someone to help you find the Best of Napa - and that's me.

Best hotels, wineries and restaurants...and free winery coupons

Peju, Carnero's Inn, The French Laundry

You don't need a list of every winery, just the ones you should visit, including lots of smaller wineries that don't hit the usual tourists radar. And who needs a list of every hotel when you can get a list of the best places to stay, from best budget to best spa resort. And doesn't a list of the best places to eat in Napa sound better than a list of every restaurant in town? That's what Local Wally is all about.

I'll also help you plan your trip - for free! Just send me an email at least 2 weeks in advance and I'll help you put together your personal agenda, from finding the best hotel for your dollar to picking where to eat to showing you where to find discounted wine and cheap tours. Don't know nothing about Napa? Stop worrying and let me help you.

When it's time to Book a Hotel I'll get you the best rate, guaranteed from my BBB approved hotel partner. And when it comes to discount wine tasting I not only have the most complete list of every free tasting in Napa and Sonoma but now have a discounted Priority Wine Pass (use promo code "localwally") that gets you even more freebies and VIP treatment as well. Forget the Apps, no posting on Facebook or Tweeting at the winery, just flash the card for free tastings! Need a Driver? I got you covered as well with a list of personal drivers that I trust, people who pass my Local Wally test for Napa knowledge and fun and guess what, they offer discounts to my readers if they have a Wine Pass. Can I say it again? Get a Wine Pass!

So don't risk your vacation with advice from the big tourist books or corporate websites that only recommend their advertisers. Trust the locals to give you the real deal, and trust Local Wally to show you the tips that only insiders know. If it's good, it's here. If it's not, it's not!

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GET A WINERY PASS FOR DISCOUNT WINE TASTINGS: Forget about clipping coupons and flash your Discount Priority Wine Pass ($39.99 with promo code localwally) to get lots of free tastings and special VIP treatment. Get the card and I'll set you up with a custom agenda based just on the two for one deals!

WINE TASTING COUPONS: I've scoured the web to find every single coupon for free wine, two for ones, and discounted tastings in Napa Valley. No dumb phone apps that make you tweet or post, no trick coupons that harvest your contact info, just honest to goodness discounts and offers. Napa on a Budget

WINERIES: With hundreds of wineries in the valley, planning which ones to visit before you arrive is essential.
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DOWNTOWN NAPA: At the southern tip of Napa, a Mayberry sort of place... but with wine bars, restaurants and affordable hotels! Hotels / Dining

YOUNTVILLE: A charming small town with top resorts and some of the best restaurants and shopping within walking distance. Top pick! Hotels / Dining

ST. HELENA/RUTHERFORD: In the center of Napa Valley you'll find hotels tucked in vineyards, excellent dining, quintessential Napa. Hotels / Dining

CALISTOGA: At the tip of the valley, top resorts mixed with more affordable hotels and dining... and mud baths! Hotels / Dining

SONOMA: Check out Wally's and take a fun sidetrip to laid back Sonoma.

VISIT OUR STORE: Bring some Napa home at, our online store featuring lots of cool farmhouse stuff picked out by my designer wife.

NEED A DRIVER?: A fun trip to Napa is even more fun without worrying about needing a designated driver. But how do you know that the driver you hire doesn't have an ankle bracklet? You trust Local Wally, that's how, and now you can get big discounts on drivers with the Wine Pass. Remember, use promo code localwally to get the pass discounted to $45 and the card will more than pay for itself with the savings when you hire a Wally approved driver.

COMING WITH A BIG GROUP?: Don't think you can just pop into wineries if you have a group of 6 or more, even if you are with the cutest group of bachelorettes ever. Most wineries will minimally give you the evil eye and some won't even let you come in or will charge you MORE. That's crazy talk, especially when you can get a killer itinerary of wineries who welcome big groups - as long as they have the Wine Pass. Get one card for every two people (remember to use promo code localwally) and let them know you're coming with a group and they'll set you up with an agenda and a contact info to make sure your group day in Napa goes smoothly. No coupons, no phone apps, just lots of great two for one wine tastings!



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SUMMER 2015: It's the peak season for tasting wine! Remember, if you're stuck trying to figure where to taste, eat or stay, just send me an email and I'll help you out... for free!

PRICE DROP: The Wine Pass is now just $39.99, good for a year and good for Napa and Sonoma. Perfect timing for summer and harvest! Use promo code localwally to get the discounted price.

Need a driver? Lately I've been getting a lot of requests for tours or personal drivers, which is smart if you want to drink lots of wine and not risk getting pulled over. I have a few friends in Napa who can really show you the local spots so reach out to me and I'll connect you to them.

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I've also updated the free coupons for both Napa and Sonoma. Plus, I now can offer the cool Priority Wine Pass card for only $39.99 for more wineries and VIP treatment. It pays for itself in an hour! (use Promo Code "localwally")

And this is way off topic but if you love Maui you should check out my latest guide, Local Wally's Guide to Maui.

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