http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...NG3SHQOCV1.DTLWelcome to the Napa Valley. Not you, Bubba.
Long a destination for visitors wanting to picnic in California's idyllic Wine Country and then cap the day off with a little winery hopping, the bucolic region of rolling vineyards, romantic estates and boutique wineries saw 4 million tourists in 2005.
But today, many vintners are making it clear: There is no more room at the inn for the Bermuda shorts crowd, who drive from tasting room to tasting room with Aunt Betty and belly up to the bar for another swig of Sauvignon Blanc. Now, some wineries charge as much as $25 for tastings, offer pricey VIP packages and, in many cases, require appointments and credit card numbers for visits. No-shows get charged if they fail to cancel 48 hours in advance.