Several months ago we tipped you off to The Vine Line, a purple school bus that will shuttle you among wineries in the Sonoma Valley so you can taste away with no worries about getting behind the wheel.
Now there’s another way to safely tool around the Valley of the Moon’s better tasting rooms. The Sonoma Wine Country Trolley is an authentic reproduction of an early 1900s San Francisco cable car. But the similarity is skin deep. Like a fine railroad dining car, this trolly in true Wine Country style, is outfitted with its own kitchen so no one goes hungry between stops.
Consider it an upscale food truck, pop-up restaurant and luxury wine country car and driver all in one.
The trolley is the brainchild of longtime Sonomans Ed and Jonnie McCormick. Ed, a retired airline captain, is piloting the vehicle, so relax and know you’re in expert hands. He’s also your friendly tour guide on a journey along Sonoma’s wine roads, with opportunities for special library tastings, cellar and vineyard tours and the occasional meet and greet with a winemaker.
The Trolley offers both lunch and dinner tours, ($99 and $150 a head).
A lunch tour may include wine tasting at Nicholson Ranch Winery, Ravenswood, and Imagery Winery in Glen Ellen. A sample Gold Dinner Tour could take you to the private home of Peter and Maggie Haywood, owners of Haywood Winery for a private tasting of their premium wines followed by dinner served lakeside.
The Trolley will also offer monthly specials, such as an Easter Lunch Tour April 6-8 that will pair a seasonal spring lunch with stops at Schug Carneros Estate and a private tasting at Nicholson Ranch.
The Trolley pushes off from the parking lot directly behind the Sonoma Barracks. The entrance is on First Street East.
For more info call (707) 484-9897 or visit sonomawinecountrytrolley.com.