We were picked up at Union Square on time by Abe our driver. He's an entertaining and fun driver who engaged the crew of fellow wine tasters mostly from out of town. One thing missing from the "party" bus was the music. Luckily a person from the group connected their bluetooth and started playing music. There was a stop at the Golden Gate Bridge for us to take pictures and play tourist.
We stopped at four different wineries. Our favorite was the Jacuzzi Family winery, where Don gave us a lesson on wine tasting etiquette. We wondered over to taste the balsamic and olive oil offerings. After the trip we concluded that we should have visited 3 locations and spend more time at each location.
The next places we visited were the Viansa, Madonna Estates, and Kieu Hoang. We had our picnic lunch at the Madonna Estates. Timing was great since we were quite hungry after two winery stops; although the sandwich wasn't the most amazing, it did hit the spot.
We were dropped off back in SF. It was a great day trip out of town to take friends.
This tour shuttles you through staple sites in SF in a limo bus then to 4 wineries across Sonoma and Nappa. Besides the amazing wine, the best part of the tour is Abe, your driver, chef, and standup comedian. If you are interested in beautiful views, delicious wine, and a great time getting there, go with Abe.
We had such a great time on this tour. From the beginning, Abe made us feel welcome. He's a very funny character. As you can imagine with a large group of strangers, there is some timidity at first. His jokes and great personality broke the ice.
We stopped at 4 vineyards, each with its own charm. Jacuzzi was the first and my favorite. Be sure not to miss the Olive Press as well.
We had a really fun group, which makes a huge difference. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who loves wine and a little adventure.