Kent Higginbotham knows wine country.
Kent grew up in Napa; his father worked for a local Savings and Loan (famously having once refused Robert Mondavi's request for a loan for his new winery!). Having worked at a whole host of resorts, restaurants, and wineries throughout the valley, Kent turned in 2010 to becoming a professional chauffeur and tour guide. He has the inside track to many of the gems of wine country, both big and small. His keen palate can help you find and secure true trophies for your cellar. He can give you the insider's review of that famous restaurant you've been thinking of trying. And if you have, say, the sudden urge for a gourmet taco at lunch? Kent knows just where to take you for that too.
Kent is known as "unflappable," with a pleasant and dedicated customer service approach that has converted many a client from customer to friend.
In 2013, Kent found himself with so many bookings that he was having to turn away valued return customers. Enter Laurie Butin, a long-time friend of Kent's (from Napa High School days!). Born in Los Angeles, raised in Napa, and with a degree in TV/Radio communications from San Francisco State, Laurie has amassed an extensive resume of experience throughout the Napa Valley, including stints at Silverado Country Club and Resort, Domaine Chandon, and as a radio personality on our local KVYN. Charismatic and dedicated, Laurie was initially enlisted just to drive when Kent wasn't available. But Laurie quickly created her own glowing reviews and loyal clients, and a second Mercedes was purchased to handle the bookings. Friendly and detail oriented, Laurie embodies the Squire Livery ethos of making your trip easy, luxurious, and special.
And if Kent and Laurie aren't available (they need vacations too afterall), we have–over the years–developed a small cadre of skilled and experienced part-time guides (including Kent's wife Hollie) that can give you the level of service for which Squire Livery has become known. Kent and you will discuss your guide as needed when you call for a reservation.
Our primary chariot for your time in wine country is a Mercedes-Benz R350 Sport Tourer. With the legendary Mercedes-Benz engineering and luxury, this car is the best of both an SUV and town car. With a roomy interior, four passengers will find this cavernous. Add a person up front, and five visitors can tour quite comfortably. And, if you are willing to get slightly cozy, the middle seat can fold down to accommodate six passengers. Needless to say, two people will find this the ultimate spacious treat. With top IIHS safety ratings and features, All-Wheel-Drive for those times when the road might not be entirely dry and flat, and well-appointed details—like a seven-speaker Harmon Kardon surround sound stereo—you will be wrapped in luxury, safety, and comfort.
And due to the ongoing requests for slightly larger groups (up to 8 guests), we added a brand-new decked-out 9-seater Suburban to our stable in 2016. A perfect combination of room, luxury, and ruggedness, it can accommodate both those larger groups or is also perfectly at home squiring around two guests in safety, luxury, and leg room.