The Real Cost of Becoming an Oenophile

By Judith Sjo-Gaber - 2011-12-08T16:39:51Z

Photograph by Andrew Gunners

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Napa Tour

"A trip to Napa is necessary if you are serious about wine," says Ritchie of Sotheby's. "A tour makes sense of everything you read and it's fun."

$814: River, Rails and Wine Trails vacation package at River Terrace Inn. Tour includes the Wine Train, a four-hour train tour with wine tastings and lunch on board. Also, a six-hour winery tour with Beau Tours Limousine. Visit four or five wineries and have a picnic lunch (wine tasting fees are additional; two night stay; price is for two people) --

Running tally: $7,014