On a recent visit to SF, we decided to combine a little wine tasting with our visit sto AT&T Park for baseball. Since we had such a good time doing this a few years back with another tour company, our hopes were high for a second successful adventure.
Our driver picked us up at our hotel on time and we were surprised to see only one other couple on this very large bus. After making a few other stops we arrived at the bus depot near Fisherman's Wharf and joined a full busload of other wine enthusiasts from all over the world.
We did not know in advance which wineries we would visit, so we hoped to visit some of the 450 available that we had not seen. Luckily, two of the three stops were to new vineyards. We visited the area's only "all organic" Madonna Winery in Napa (the only repeat from our previous trip) and enjoyed our tour and tasting. The trip then continued to Sutter Home, followed by a lunch-time stop in Yountville. The final visit was to Sebastiani Winery in Sonoma, our favorite of the three.
Our driver was knowledgeable and courteous. He attempted to engage us in conversation throughout our travels but most found the moments in between to be more relaxing...especially after imbibing so many types of wine during the 8-hour trip!
The only negative experience was the trip back to the city to deposit all the passengers back to their hotels. I guess we should have been prepared since we were picked up early in the day, but we weren't expecting the 1 and 1/2 hour ordeal to get back to our downtown hotel near AT&T Park. The driver had a great deal of trouble navigating around the crowded city and was not always familiar with the quickest route to reach the myriad of hotels. We found ourselves circulating in the same neighborhoods numerous times.
Despite the above, we enjoyed our trip and have already recommended it to several of our friends planning to visit San Francisco.