As 50somethings, we were the two oldest people on the tour but that didn't stop us from having fun, dancing, playing along with Cable Car Karoke and taking a lot of photos.
William said, "I'd give it a 6 out of 5 stars!"
Where We Stayed
This was great because we didn't have to worry about navigating, parking or having one of us be a designated driver.
Our room had an in-room whirlpool tub (yes) and the hotel also has a swimming pool and Jacuzzi outdoors.
The Cable Car Experience
We started off at the Black Market Brewery, where we met our cable car driver and host.
The morning started off with "welcome wine" at 11 a.m. along with a huge roast beef sandwich (good to have before the official drinking started!).
Our tour guide, Ryan, was the owner of the company, and he gave us a short wine-tasting lesson.
You can purchase wine-to-go in a "sippy cup" to enjoy on the drive up to the wineries, but it's totally not needed as there's plenty of wine available at the wineries you are about to visit.
The cable cars are ACTUAL historic cablecars from San Francisco. They are open-air vehicles, so you can look down and see the cars on the roads as you travel up to the wineries. There was lots of waving and looks from passengers in regular vehicles!
We went to three wineries (Callaway, Maurice Carrie and Somerset), and I vote Callaway as the most beautiful views, Maurice Carrie as the most fun (champagne and live music) and Somerset as the most interesting because we got to go inside the building where they make the wine.
How Much Wine Was There?
At the start of the tour, we had "welcome wine" and we also had drink tickets for 6 tastings per winery, PLUS many of the wineries gave extra pours and/or very generous pours.
If desired, you can easily drink the equivalent of 1.5 bottles of wine per person on the tour.
There is no need to "pre-game" for this tour as you'll have plenty to drink at the wineries; I actually only had one small taste at the third winery because I was done drinking at that point. I even passed up the chance to taste "raw" wine, which was siphoned directly from a barrel with a tool called a "thief."
Party On, Cable Car Guests!
My favorite part of the drives between wineries was: "Cable Car Karaoke" when Ryan played popular songs and we all got to sing along. They also played "our song" (September by Earth, Wind and Fire) so we got danced on the trolley, and we got a round of applause from the younger set when we also broke out our dance moves to Low by Flo Rida.
Cable Car Wine Tour Tips
- No need to pre-game; there's plenty of wine for everyone. We had several leftover pour tickets, and Rachel was about done drinking when we arrived at the third winery. (Note: I didn't feel sick, I was just done!)
- Don't wear a hat, it will probably blow right off on the trolley.
- If you have long hair, bring a hair tie in case you want to pull your hair back. It is windy on the trolley.
- Enjoy the moment, you will have a different experience at each winery.
- Lots of good photo opportunities at each winery.
- There are free chips (salt) and cold bottled water on the trolley. Stay hydrated!
- After a day of sipping wine plus being in the sun and wind , we were grateful to come back to a nice cold hotel room and food delivery. We finished our day with Mexican food and a Hallmark movie, lol.
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