With summer fun on the way, it's a great time to rethink the way we visit vineyards and tour wineries. Keep in mind that the wine industry is expanding and changing quickly, so if you're planning to go winery hopping on your own, a good guidebook and a designated driver is a must.
There have been two major developments in the wine industry of late. One is the expansion in the number of smaller wineries that should not be missed. The second is the huge number of small labels that are coming from the custom crush facilities (places that produce small runs for large growers, or those who don't own a winery). There's plenty to see and taste, but do your homework and make a plan to avoid the disappointment of arriving at the right winery on the wrong day. Or vice verse.