I knew this tour would be great the moment we hopped into Tom's truck. Waiting for us were two personalized wine bottles full of water pumped from Tom's well.
I found Tom's Secret Winery Tours on Trip Advisor while browsing new experiences for my husband and I to have while in Sonoma. We communicated with Tom via email and phone and told him our wine preferences. We were soon sent an itinerary of 3 wineries Tom chose to take us to.
This visit to Sonoma was our fourth, so this tour was something out of the ordinary for us. We learned more from the first man, Nick, in five minutes than we ever did going to all of the tasting rooms on the Square. At around noon, Tom took us to his beautiful home, where we met his wife who is an accomplished wine maker. We enjoyed homemade Pinot Nior and Zin while eating paninis and relaxing on his back porch. Next we were off to the beautiful Beltrane Ranch and our host, Laura, was simply awesome. My favorite wine was Fumè Bob, a homage to the ranch's 8 year old bull. Lastly, we were taken to GlenLyon Winery, whose owner Squire, educated us on the history of wine drinking then inviting us to sit and enjoy his compound's backyard while sampling some of his finest blends.
We have already told everyone we met in Sonoma about this wonderful tour. We have already promised ourselves to book another each time we visit. In my opinion, there really is no other, more authentic way to experience Sonoma than with Tom, his suggestions, and tour.
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