HitAnyKey42 wrote:*crossing my fingers for the July 23-27* The earlier week makes it almost impossible for me to attend due to work requirements. So I'm praying for it to be the second week.
Any thoughts on how you would manage to do things for the overlapping day? The prior tours were three full days worth of touring the vineyards. If there is an overlapping day, that makes the tours only go for 2 days with something weird for Wednesday. Kind of hard to share a bus for a day, and even harder to share an rpm.
This has always been my concern with the overlap concept. We would have separate buses for the two groups, of course. And, there should be a full day's tasting for each group on the overlap day.
The basic schedule for the two tours would be:
1. Arrive Sunday - Sunday night gathering/introduction/welcome - rpm/woop/WD/assorted winery folks.
2. Monday Tour/Tasting - possible group dinner/possible free evening in Sonoma Plaza area
3. Tuesday Tour/tasting - combined Dinner with arriving Tour 2 wooters
4. Wednesday Tour/tasting - Final Gathering Dinner
1. Arrive Tuesday - Tuesday evening - Dinner with Tour 1/ combined with introduction/gathering
2. Wednesday Tour/Tasting - group or free dinner
3. Thursday Tour/Tasting - group or free dinner
4. Friday Tour/Tasting - Final Gathering Dinner
As you can see, this gets everyone in during one week, and gets the two groups together. The only problem is "where's rpm?" We don't have the details yet, but the idea my handlers are selling me on is that I will be something of a "flying squadron" dividing my time on the overlap day.
This is less than an ideal solution, but the alternatives are (1) try to get wineries to let us start on a Sunday for Tour 1 or go Saturday for Tour 2 - neither of which is attractive because that's when wineries get their Summer tourist crowds, which we Anvilania to get lost in, or (2) conduct the two Tours over two different weeks.
As to which week it will be if it's one week, we just don't know until we get the feedback we've asked from from some key wineries.
Tour 1 is going to look a lot like the 2008 Tour, though the days may be moved around, some wineries will be different, and eating choices will have to differ (Deuce being history, for one....).
Tour 2 is intended to go beyond what we've done to look at Cabernet Sauvignon in more depth, rather like the 2010 Tour emphasized Pinot Noir, which will probably mean more time in Napa and less in Sonoma, though we intend at least a day in Sonoma County somewhere. I would love to get the group to the Anderson Valley to spend time getting to know the fine Rieslings, Gewuerztraminers and sparklers coming out of there, but I fear it is a drive too far. Remember, Riesling was the most important white varietal in California before Prohibition! Yet, now, it's hard to find.