Napa & Sonoma Wine Country in California
Napa Valley, United States
Napa & Sonoma Wine Country in California Napa Valley Reviews
Fabulously Fun Day with no worries about designated driver! Feb 20, 2011
I took an all-day tour with San Francisco Comprehensive Shuttle tours (actually, I took a few other tours with them on other days, as well) into Wine Country while I was on my "solo" Northern California trip in Oct. 2010. I love wine, learning about wine, and having a lot of fun, so this tour really fit the bill, so to speak. Since I was on my own, I was less than thrilled about navigating the area via my rental car and GPS after going to a few tasting rooms, so the idea of joining a group tour so I didn't have to worry about driving was a great one. Best $96 (plus tips and a couple tasting fees) that I have probably ever spent.
It turned out to be a REALLY stellar idea! I met several other young, fun-loving people who were all out to have FUN, and we DID have a great time sampling wines and champagne at 4 or 5 different stops along with a great tour of the beautiful area. I learned more about wines, but mostly I just had a blast doing it! I'm by no means a "wine snob" and anyone who is should probably avoid this tour....it's all about having a fun time and getting out there in the wineries and vinyards and loving life. Great day........I'll remember it for a long time!
Then, on another day, I drove myself (with help from my GPS) from San Francisco back up to Wine Country and took a tour (reserved ahead of time) of the Mondavi Estate. Very, very nice tour, but a lot more "stuffy" as far as that goes. I learned a TON more on this one, saw some incredible sites there (it's really amazing!) and left with a far greater appreciation for and understanding of wine. The tastings here were much less "generous" than my other experiences elsewhere, so I had no worries about driving after doing this tour. And just know that this tour is not all about "the fun". It's less casual, a little more formal, and more serious than the other tour. Not in a "bad way", though, it's just that they are proud of their wine and want to convey that pride and heritage with you. Both wine tours were very valuable, enjoyable, and memorable, but in entirely different ways. I very highly recommend both! You can find out about each of them via their websites and they're easily booked online.
Have fun! Enjoy wine! And don't forget to do wine tasting in Monterey Bay, if you make it down that way, too! I'll be reviewing that experience also, so look for it if you're headed for that region.
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