I called on a Tuesday afternoon hoping to get a guided Classic Tour for Thursday. While they didn't have anytihng scheduled (February is slow season), Andy was very nice about it and told me he'd call a guide to see if they can put something together quickly. He called me back shortly to tell me that they were able to get a guide and we were all set.
The morning was somewhat chilly, but they had a windbreaker for my fiancee. We started off and went through Dry Creek. After our stop at the first winery, Taylor, our guide, laid out a snack of goat cheese, crackers, and grapes. We then went to another winery where we not only did standard wine tasting, but also were able to do some barrell testing. Then, at our last winery, which also had an organic farm on site, they had lunch set up for us after our tasting was over. We ended with a 5-6 mile ride back to the shop.
Overall, it was a top notch tour. The bikes were in great condition, Taylor was an awesome guide (he's very personable and very knowledgeable about both wine and farming), and Andy was great setting everything up. We probably rode about 20 mies in total and we spent 6 hours on the tour. I'll admit that I got a little tired riding back to the bike shop, but I was happy to burn off some calories from our dinner the previous night and the snack and lunch of that day.
2 other key factors that made our day great were the 71 degree weather and the fact that it was offseason. While the Classic Tour is a group tour, it was just us and Taylor. This gave him the opportunity to get to know us and us the opportunity to get to know him. It wasnt simply someone to ride in front of us and tell us where to turn and where to stop. Also, there were very few people at the wineries. This was great because we got to talk to the people working there rather than them just having time to pour and go to the next person.
We had a really wonderful time seeing wine country in a unique way.
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