Even local limousine services picked up on the trend toward local wine tasting.
Mary Chacon, a chauffeur for Bayview Limousine Service for the past six years, sees more and more competition for trips to Woodinville.
Bayview set up a website this summer, www.SeattleWineTours.com, to promote that aspect of the business.
“A lot of customers are looking for wine tours and wouldn’t think to look to a limousine service for that,” said Bayview’s business development manager, Joe Matthys. A four-hour tour in a Lincoln Town Car costs less than $300 and includes up to four wineries.
Chacon, who bought wine and wine accessories from Chateau Ste. Michelle’s shop while waiting for customers doing a tasting this week, learns about the business.
She met a vineyard owner at 5 one morning to drive to Eastern Washington and spend a day working in the fields.
“I’ve done the Chateau tour five times,” Chacon said. “Every time, I learn something new for the next customer.”
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