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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 12 January 2017

Wine Tasting at Cornell in Los Angeles

This pretty pose is outside the Cornell Winery near Los Angeles

An Exciting Wine Tour in Los Angeles

We have more wineries in and close to Los Angeles than movie studios.  Yes, that’s hard to believe and a terrific discovery for wine lovers.  In fact, we can maintain our “custom” tour philosophy – every tour is different and tailored specifically for our guests with changes to our route and itinerary made along the way – and pick This wine (eye) chart is a novelty to amuse the guests at Cornell Winery and choose from among a large number of fabulous wine tasting destinations.  One special place we like to go is up into the Santa Monica Mountains and to the Cornell Winery and Tasting Room.  With “winery” in quotes, the establishment is now dedicated to the presentation of locally produced wines of which there are many.  It is a super wine tasting room with a lot of local history in an informal setting.  It is low key like the businesses all around are and a fine place for a relaxed drink for Malibu celebrities looking for a quiet escape from the entertainment industry and paparazzi.  If our guests are inspired by a particular winery’s product we can head over to that winery afterwards.  Wine connoisseurs will not be disappointed.  The beauty of this wine adventure staying local is that we can visit more locations in a shorter amount of time.  If time is what our guests have and they fondly remember the novel or film SIDEWAYS, we can drive (or fly) up to the Santa Ynez Valley and spend the day (or days) in a fabulous wine region that rivals Napa-Sonoma in many ways.


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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 16 December 2016

Good morning, Mr. Giraffe

This is a happy giraffe we see at a local Malibu winery

A Giraffe on Our Wine Tasting Tour in Malibu

Meet Stanley.  He just one of the happy folk that we get to visit when we take our Los Angeles private tour on a wine tasting expedition to one of our favorite Malibu wineries, Malibu Family Wines.  We know he hears us coming because we like to fly in on one of our luxury helicopters and land in his back yard.  He does not seem to mind unless we disturb his kickball exercise.  We think he understands that despite the disturbance there will be Stanley the giraffe bends them like Beckham as we arrive at his winerysome fawning attention and food treats to come.  Smart animals, giraffes are.  Smart people our guests are who allow us to bring them up here into the Santa Monica Mountains above the Pacific Ocean to sample some extraordinary local wines.  We fill up the picnic table with a fine gourmet lunch to accompany the wine and encourage them to explore the grounds filled with movie props and a happy and friendly menagerie of beasts.  Of course, there are vineyards to marvel at on this relaxed wine expedition so close to the sprawling metropolis that is Los Angeles.


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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 14 June 2016

The Cycle of Wine

Barrels of wine in the Gainey Winery

A Tasty Private Tour of the Santa Ynez Valley

From a winery in downtown Los Angeles to numerous fine tasting rooms in nearby Malibu we can also drive, or fly in a luxury helicopter, south to the Temecula wine region or north to the Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara.  That is a lot of wine tasting choices for our guests to ponder.  We find that most often we are planning visits to Malibu and Santa Ynez.  We make these tours often enough to specify them on our website.  If our guests have a day to spend (or two) we like to suggest a SIDEWAYS tour up north to revisit the wineries of the novel, film and play.  Like the Napa Valley, there are too The vineyards at the Firestone winerymany superb wineries to visit them all (though we like to try) so we plan our visit as we travel based on the inclinations of our guests.  We can tell which wines they will most enjoy just by them telling us which wines they like to drink at home.  And then we will include some experimentation to keep the trip interesting.  From grapes in the fields to aging barrels in the cellars to bottles on the shelf – the entire life cycle of wine – each winery has stories to tell about themselves and about the wine industry in California, in particular this incredible valley in the southern part of the state.  The Gainey Vineyard (top photo) is always a fun stop that pleases our wine loving guests.  Producing fine California wine for more than 30 years the winery is lively and the tastings divine.  We also are likely to stop at the Firestone Vineyards which are so beautiful you want to sip your wine and just look out at the vines all day.  But there are more places to visit, more wines to sample and buy, and let’s not forget a good lunch at one of many fantastic restaurants that we know – with wine, of course.




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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 2 June 2016

Urban Escape Plan

This pastoral setting is where we fly for a private wine tasting and lunch in Malibu

Our Private Tour “Getaway” to a Malibu Winery

We call it Urban Escape.  You would not think that so many people traveling to Los Angeles, 500 square miles of city for 5 million people, would then be eager to fly to a nearby oasis to sip fine wine and enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch.  This is a very popular private Los Angeles tour for us all through the year and especially in the summer.  We now have two different Malibu wineries with helicopter landing facilities so that we can quickly get to our destination and spend more time enjoying the pleasant surrounds.  One of these wonderful wineries has a quiet backyard area for our guests to enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch and sample the fruit of the vines that grow on the hillsides.  There is also a collection of old cars and farm equipment and a menagerie of very approachable beasts that make this agricultural oasis seem so far away from the nearby bustling metropolis of Los Angeles.  Our newest landing zone for an Urban Escape adventure tour is a castle on a hill.  This private estate can be home to our guests for a short period of time to enjoy whatever amenities they can dream of – a private chef cooked meal, entertainment, massages, swimming.  There is always, of course, a chance to enjoy the wines of this Tuscany-style palace in the mountains where movie stars party and Hollywood frequently films.  Enjoy a VIP luxury tour of very local vineyards here in Los Angeles in grand style and fly with us on an Urban Escape!

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 7 April 2016

Remembering Sideways on Wine Tour

The Kalyra Winery in Santa Ynez where Sideways was filmed

Our Private Wine Tour Goes Sideways

We call our private wine tour from Los Angeles to the Santa Ynez Valley the Sideways tour for a couple of reasons.  We were already traveling north from the city to that beautiful valley above Santa Barbara to visit wineries and sample the Paul Giamatti is fondly remembers at Kalyra wineryextraordinary wines when the movie was released.  The popularity of the film greatly increased interest in our private wine tour so we began retracing the steps of Miles and Jack on their buddy road trip through the vineyards.  We casually referred to the tour as our Sideways tour in response to requests from our guests.  Because all of our tours are custom tours we would offer our guests choices of which wine tasting rooms to visit and let them decide.  Some were actual film locations (like Kalyra Winery where these photos were taken), some were simply mentioned in the film and others were just special wineries that we had developed a passion for over the many visits we made to the area.  Several years later we met Rex Pickett, the author of the novel, at the opening of the theatrical incarnation of his story.  He offered to join us on tours if our guests requested and tell tales of wine and movies and become our sommelier for the tour.  That’s pretty special.  After all, we have been known to have Hollywood actors and writers ride with us through Los Angeles when our guests expressed an interest in learning about their jobs in person.  A writer of Rex’s stature was a perfect addition to our Sideways tour.


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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 16 March 2016

Santa Ynez Valley – Where Wine is Divine

The choices for wineries and vineyards on our Sideways tour

Our Sideways Wine Tour Enjoys Fruit of the Vine

Los Angeles boasts a number of local vineyards and wineries so we can please our wine loving private tour guests and visit the immediate area for wine tasting on a sightseeing tour.  However, we can also pull out all the stops and take our custom tour VIP guests up to the Santa Ynez Valley north of Santa Barbara and retrace the route of the the characters of Rex Pickett‘s wonderful book (and Alexander Payne‘s award winning film) Sideways.  As we are on a custom tour we can pull up to the signposts at the head of the valley and decide from there which wineries to visit as we sample the vintages across the valley floor.  The tour is always open ended so we can visit as many tasting rooms as our guests desire.  We also know some special dining rooms if a lunch or dinner stop is requested.  We have plenty of room in our luxury SUVs for wine purchases.  The drive up to the Santa Ynez Valley is beautiful with the Pacific Ocean on one side and the coastal mountains on the other.  Lake Cachuma above Santa Barbara is as blue as the sky.  Speaking of sky, we do not have to drive to this fabulous wine region.  We have luxury twin-engine helicopters at our disposal to get us there in a jiffy.  Of course, we will drive once there but flying means more time for wine tasting.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 16 February 2016

Fly to a Malibu Winery

This green pasture and helipad is behind a Malibu winery

Our Private Tour Takes to the Air to Get to the Winery

The drive from any of the fine hotels where our private Los Angeles tour guests stay up into the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu is beautiful.  We travel along the Pacific Coast Highway with the sights, sounds and ocean smells of the bay and then explore assorted canyon roads.  The twists and turns reveal hidden ranches, celebrity homes and extraordinary views of Los Angeles and the Southern California Coast.  It takes a while but we eventually arrive at one of many excellent Malibu wineries to enjoy some mouthwatering vintages.  Or….we can skip the long drive and just fly to Malibu in one of our luxury helicopters.  Right behind our favorite winery is a verdant pasture just perfect for a soft landing after the short and scenic flight.  This means more time to enjoy a private tasting session with the professional staff of the winery.  We also provide our guests with a gourmet picnic lunch to complement the wines we sample.  Plus some samples will go home with our guests as a part of the tour.  Wine, full stomachs and a tour album of fabulous aerial photographs and pictures of the happy, satisfied faces of our guests.  Besides the Malibu wineries we can also fly or drive to wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara or head south from Los Angeles over to the Temecula wine region.  We know our guests love wine as much as we do and we are always delighted to extend our knowledge for their private wine tour of Los Angeles.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 20 August 2014

Wine is for Lovers and Our Private Tour Guests

A double photograph in the vineyard, the selfie and us

The Santa Ynez Valley Is Calling All Wine Lovers

for a Private Tour

How many wineries can we visit on our “Sideways” tour of the Santa Ynez Valley up the California coast past Santa Barbara? Always enough to satisfy our guests.  There are plenty to choose from as anyone knows who has visited the area or remembers the movie.  We offer our guests the opportunity to watch the film as we drive up from Los Angeles.  We can then visit the wineries used in the making of the film.  Or, we can defer to suggestions given to us by Rex Pickett, the author of Sideways, about places to visit and where to eat and drink (wine).  Our most recent favorite stop is Transcendance in Lompoc, a small custom winery with great atmosphere.  We love to find new places to visit every time we do this custom luxury tour.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 17 June 2014

Fess Parker Means Wine

Enjoy an Entire Weekend Tour of Santa Barbara Wine Country

Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa entranceWe have so many wine lovers contact us for Los Angeles tour information centered around their interest.  Well, we love wine, too, and know great wine areas to explore in and around Los Angeles and southern California.  Some we even fly to by helicopter.  For our wine-loving guests interested in a day trip up to the Santa Ynez Valley we offer a full day of sightseeing, dining and wine tasting in some of the most popular and critically-acclaimed wineries in California.  One in particular, the Fess Parker Vineyards, The winery at Fess Parker Vineyardcomes to mind.  In fact, if our guests wish to spend an entire weekend in our local wine country we like to suggest overnighting at the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn and Spa.  With its fabulous restaurant, Petros, excellent spa and luxurious boutique accommodations our guests can really relax after a day of travel through the wine estates close to Santa Barbara and be refreshed and ready to visit some more the following day. Like our Sideways tour, we stop at as many wineries as our guests want and we have plenty of room in the van for cartons of wine to take back with them.  If you love wine and the winemaking process then you deserve a custom luxury tour to the Santa Ynez Valley to enjoy all the great wines originating from this notable winemaking region.Portrait of Fess Parker as Daniel Boone

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 18 June 2013

Fly Me to the Wine

Photo of Napa Valley wineryNapa Wineries Private Tour from Los Angeles

We regularly take our private Los Angeles tour guests up to Malibu, or Santa Barbara or even Temecula for wine tasting adventures. As these are local wine areas we do them often and can arrange helicopter flights easily.  But everyone knows that Napa Valley is the champion wine growing region of California and, when requested, we have planned extravagant private tours by small jet up to that famed region.  Photo of small jet on tarmacSince even a quick tour to Napa from Los Angeles will be overnight we make all the hotel and dining arrangements for our guests by working with our Napa Valley partners to provide luxurious accommodations and gourmet meals.  Of course we handle all the ground and air transportation.  With the video and photographs we compile of our guests and their experience this kind of deluxe tour makes their visit to Los Angeles more than special.  We still expect to show them Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the beaches because that’s what most guests expect to see.  We just don’t want anyone to think we stop there.  Oh, no, we are prepared to do any kind of planning and preparation for our guests who want something more.

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