Wine for Locals: All-Day Santa Cruz Wine Tour & Tastings
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The last date listed for SF Wine for Locals: Santa Cruz Sunday Wine Tour was Sunday June 14, 2009 / 8:45am.
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Combining two of the Bay Area's most popular trips into one spectacular all-day tour, Extranomical Adventures and its friendly guide take guests north over the Golden Gate Bridge to the Muir Woods National Monument to explore the park and marvel at the natural beauty of the 250-foot Redwoods. Then the excursion heads to Sonoma and Napa Counties, visiting three small boutique wineries for complimentary tastings. In between, you'll stop at the historic Sonoma Plaza to grab lunch on your own and shop, before heading back to the city. Learn More
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This event is a tranportation only event. There are additional fees for tastings and lunch is not included. There are no tours of the wineries. Tastings are not private and do not include all wines available to the general public for the same fee or less than the "tour" charges. You will not necessarily be going to the wineries listed and they will not tell you in advance when they make substitutions. The cheese pairing is just a lump of goat cheese and crackers at the first winery. Where they dump you for lunch only has two convenient venues for food. You are better off bringing a sandwich and spending your time doing more tasting at the other tasting rooms in the strip mall.
If you do not drive or have no car and just want to go for a scenic drive to Santa Cruz, this "tour" may be a good choice, but I would say grabbing a couple friends and renting a car would be a better value. If you are considering the tour because you are interrested in exploring the wines of Santa Cruz this is not the tour for you. There are 70 plus wineries in the area and you only get to taste at four. The four we tasted at had some decent wines but I would hope there are better representatives among the other seventy. A better choice would be to go down for a wine festival and get the most bang for your buck. I would not recommend this event as it misrepresents what is delivered. Think about it, ~#260.00 for a what is basically a ride to and from Santa Cruz for you and a couple friends.
(On a side note, one other thing I found surprising was that the $10 tasting fee seemed to be the norm. Does anyone else find that a bit high? I have been to tastings in the Livermore Valley and Lodi area in the past year and nowhere did they charge that much for a tasting.)
The event that I attended was very disapointing. I felt that details like the tasting fees should have been highly featured on the Goldstar description. The fees added an additional $132 dollars cash to the event for our little group of four which we were not prepared for. Add to that an additional $50+ for lunch and you see that you had to be prepared to have about $200 in cash with you for additional expenses that should have been included; and that should have been prominently indicated at the time of booking. Also, we purchased weeks in advance of the event and should have been notified and given the option to cancel once the most prestigious winery listed on the tour cancelled out. Going to the Byington winery was the main reason I signed up for the event and to not be told we were not going there until we were already 3/4 into the day really angered me. Plus saying a lump of ambiguous goat cheese was a wine and cheese pairing was a major stetch.
In closing I would definitely mot recommend this event to anyone.
<p>Wine has been grown in the Santa Cruz Mountains and surrounding area since the 1800’s. However, in recent years the number of wineries has increased somewhat and the wines are now more recognized. The micro-climate of this area challenges the grapes with cooler temperatures and lightly less rain than the better known regions north of the Bay, which produces a more concentrated flavor in the grapes. The results are a collection of premium wines well worth trying, if you haven’t had the pleasure already.</p>
<p>Santa Cruz has a laid back reputation and the local wineries are often small, personalized and offer a great alternative to the hustle and bustle of the Napa region. You will visit four selected wineries on this tour and we will make a stop in Downtown Santa Cruz for lunch.</p>
<p>8:45 AM - Parc 55 Pickup (55 Cyril Magnin)
After leaving the city we will drive down the scenic California coastline on Highway 1 to a small town located in the mountains northwest of Santa Cruz called Bonny Doon. This is where we make our first stop for the day.</p> <p>11:00AM - Beauregard Vineyards
Beauregard Vineyards is a family run operation focused on exquisite, hand crafted wines. The winery is set amongst the beauty of the local coastal redwood trees, with a peek a boo view of the Monterey Bay. The winery specializes in a variety of wines including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. The group will enjoy a selection of 7 of their best wines paired with a selection of cheeses to suit making this a perfect first stop on our tour.</p> <p>12:00PM - Bonny Doon Vineyards
Our second stop on our Santa Cruz Summer wine tour takes you to a very interesting and perhaps intriguing winery. Bonny Doon Vineyards is well known to many Bay Area Locals as a friendly but if you haven’t been there already it is likely to be one of the most interesting wineries that you may ever visit. Bonny Doon Vineyards is known for its biodynamic production of great Italian Varietals perfect for our last stop before we take a break for lunch. 1:00PM - Lunch at Downtown Santa Cruz, CA </p> <p>2.30PM - Pelican Ranch Winery
Pelican Ranch Winery is a family owned and operated winery that started production in 1997. They specialize in producing single vineyard wines from the best vineyards in California and each production is limited to 100 cases from each vineyard. They produce both red and white varieties, mainly the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but they also offer some wonderful Zinfandels grown in other parts of the state. So get in on this special tour and be one of the few that get to try and buy some of these special wines.</p> <p>3.30PM - Byington Vineyard & Winery
After lunch we will do a U-turn and start to make our way back to San Francisco, but we are not going home just yet! Our next stop is a beautiful family owned winery that offers spectacular views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, called Byington Vineyards & Winery. Byington Winery produces a great variety of handcrafted chardonnays and red Bordeaux-style wines from grapes grown on their own 95 acre vineyard. The manicured gardens and the grand Chateau offer a picture-perfect setting to relax and enjoy the warm afternoon sun.</p> <p>6:00 PM – Return to San Francisco
Drop offs at various hotel locations of where you were picked up before you embarked on this lovely daytrip to Santa Cruz's wineries.</p>