Sonoma Food and Wine Tasting Tour for Locals - An All-Day Gourmet Delight
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The last date listed for Specialty Wine Tours for Locals was Sunday March 15, 2009 / 9:15am.
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This upcoming tour has all the tasty and tantalizing ingredients to a make a great day in the Northern California wine country. You will see and experience taste sensations at every stop starting with a sip of wine and gourmet cheese, followed by more local wine and a lovely picnic. We will also make our way to see and experience the art of making olive oil and how it’s bottled. Oh, and did we mention the chocolate? We will visit a gourmet chocolate factory for some sweet chocolate tasting. *
9:15 AM – Parc 55 Pickup (55 Cyril Magnin)
11:00 AM – Mayo Family Winery Tasting & Tour
We’ll waste no time and get right to the wine tasting on your first stop. A well known local family winery, the Mayo Family Vineyards at Glen Ellen: The Mayo Family opened their winery in 1993 and take pride in making small batches of high quality single vineyard wines. They offer a variety of reds, whites, and dessert wines; however, they are well-known for their unique take on Zinfandels, including a Zin port and wine made from 100-year old vines!
12:00 PM – Private Gourmet Cheese Factory Tour and Tasting
Next course is appetizers with a tour and tasting at the local Cheese factory, and learn inside information from cheese maker himself. You will learn about the different styles and flavors of cheeses, and find out which cheese will best complement your favorite wine. There are endless varieties of cheeses to get your taste buds singing and you will have a chance to try them all on this tour. You can also buy some to take home for friends…. Or be selfish and just keep them for yourself!
1:00 PM – Lunch at Glen Ellen.
You can bring your own picnic lunch or purchase one of the tasty gourmet lunches at the restaurants and cafes in the historic Jack London Village area and enjoy it on the tables beside the soothing sounds of Sonoma Creek.
*2:00 PM – Private Olive Oil Press Tour and Tasting *
This stop will be at Figone’s Olive Press where one of the Pioneers of the California Olive Oil industry still makes and bottles their gourmet olive oil. This olive press produces many varieties of olive oils from locally grown trees, and all the oils are blended and bottled on-site in the traditional manner of Figone’s Italian heritage.
2:30 PM – Chocolate & Truffle Factory tour and tasting
Did you think Ghirardelli was the only chocolate maker in this area? We will visit a local gourmet chocolate maker in the Sonoma countryside to experience a sweet taste sensation of truffles and observe the way they are made. As fun as it is to watch them being made the real reason to come here is the tasting. If you appreciate fine chocolate, bring your credit card because you’ll be tempted to buy out the store.
3:30 PM – Final Wine Tasting for the day – Loxton Cellars
Your final stop will take you off the beaten path to another of Sonoma’s hidden gems. Founded by an Australia 4th generation vintner and ex-physics professor, Loxton is getting a reputation for exquisite Syrah and an ever growing inventory of well-aged Ports – a perfect match for some of your new-found cheeses.
4:30 PM – Begin the final trip back to the city
Just a drive home? We don’t think so. Sit back and relax and reminisce with your new or old friends as we cross the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset and enjoy the views of the bay, the bridge and the city, as we drive back to San Francisco.
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 into the Sonoma county wine, cheese and chocolate wonderland.