Monkeys on a Train: Wine.Woot Rocks the Railroad Revival Tour

by Alison Smith

Today marks the Wine.Woot blogging debut of Alison Smith, National Buyer for our wine pals at Wine Country Connect. She’s been lurking since the Pellegrini deal - soaking up, learning, getting a feel. "Lioco’s mine, let me get in there." Winedavid 39, not in any hurry, wants to be sure. "Once you cross the rubicon of the woot forums you can never go back, you’re not ready." "But I’ve been here at Wine Country Connect for four months, not to mention a sterling reputation after 8 years of hard labor in the trenches of traditional ultrapremium wine sales. Let me release the hounds!" WD39 finally gives in with a sigh. "OK, TexaCalAli... introduce yourself with a blog post. But you’ve been warned..."

I'm just starting out here, but I’m guessing there are Wooters who love KILLER music as much as they love good wine and their big screen monitors... Right? I was hard at work last week spreading the Woot! love to one of the hottest music tours crossing America this year.

A couple of Thursdays ago, Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show embarked on a tour unlike any in recent memory: "Traveling exclusively in vintage rail cars, the three bands will journey across the American Southwest over the course of a week. The aptly titled Railroad Revival Tour features the three bands playing concerts at six unique outdoor locations along the route."

I was quick to step up when my dear pals from Austin who were in charge of the F&B for the Railroad Revival Tour told me "hey we need wine to stock the train bar car for the bands and guests for the 8 day tour." And I have just enough audacity being the new kid and all to ask Winedavid 39 for the good stuff – and SHAZAM!, TexaCali Ali to the rescue...

The Tour kicked off in Oakland, California last Thursday. Mother Nature was enjoying the show too, one of the most beautiful nights I've ever seen in NorCal. The location of the concert was in the train yards almost under the East Bay side of the Bay Bridge. 8,000 fans plus all the bands saw the most glorious sunset over San Francisco, blue skies with streaks of orange and pink for hours. Mind blowing GORGEOUS!

Upon arrival I received a long walk-through of the train, for the most part, each of the compartments were old & classy, the air felt like Cary Grant was going to turn a corner at anytime. The Chefs were hard a work getting ready for a feast after the show and old-school bartenders were busy helping to situate the wines as well.

Stan (pictured on the couch here) owns the circa 1941 railroad car that holds the old-timey western bar - which also had handfuls of instruments for the guys to pick up and play at anytime. A big toast @ midnight was scheduled as soon as the train pulled away for their next depot - San Pedro - outside of LA. So ALL ABOARD - the Monkey 2nd Prize corks would soon be pulled and "assist" in the late-night creativity over the next 8 days for all those wine-sippin' magical musicians along the way.

The entire vibe of the night was so freakin' happy. So many smiles, laughter and hugs backstage. It was quite a feat for these three bands to create such a grand tour and everyone from the drummers to their little kids dancing on stage were having a total blast. It was so great to watch the bands from backstage, side stage, inside the train and best of all during the encore set – literally right on the stage (see what the good, good wine can do? !) with this group of magical musicians. Fantastic Fun & one EPIC night for all! Proud to have our Monkey Hooch partake in the historic Railroad Revival Tour - every single review from the likes of Rolling Stone Magazine to the Huffington Post have sung the concert's praises and are demanding more! I wish I could have fit inside a bottle of wine and gone along for the ride too...lucky bottles indeed.

Next stop – Hospice du Rhone in Paso Robles. WOOT!