Wineries Tell Drunken Tasters to Put a Cork in It

They're cracking down on out-of-control limo and bus tourists
By Robin Frost,  Newser User
Posted Feb 2, 2008 2:09 PM CST
A Napa Valley wine tasting. A number of wineries in the area have put out signs saying, "No limos." (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – American wineries are getting fed up with loud, obnoxious, inebriated tasting groups brought in by buses and stretch limos, the Los Angeles Times reports. Worried about bachelorette parties upsetting the vibe of thoughtful sipping, wineries from California to New York have taken to posting "no limos" signs and even handing out color-coded warning cards to offending parties.

"The limo crowd appears to have great demographics on the surface, but some of them tend to—and there's no polite way to put this—they tend to just get juiced," said one Napa Valley consultant. In New York's Finger Lakes region, wineries hand out yellow warning cards and red expulsion cards for infractions including "excessive profanity, littering, intoxication, theft, public urination." Not to mention, "other."