Helicopters use spinning rotors rather than fixed wings, allowing them to hover above attractive views and right behind jets they have a crush on. Relish in the romance of a hovercraft with today's Groupon: for $260, you get a wine-country helicopter outing for two from Sonoma Helicopter. The outing includes:
- A 15–20 minute private helicopter ride for two
- A wine-and-cheese tasting for two at Mazzocco Winery
Sonoma Helicopter's flight team captains soaring aerial tours of wine country, before duos depart to savor the flavors they've viewed from above. Helicopters depart over the Windsor Foothills, escorting twosomes above Alexander Valley to catch the Russian River and follow it toward views of Mount Saint Helena in the distance. While weaving through the air, couples take in views of flourishing grapevines, rambling rivers, and giggling mountain mist. After the tour, pairs get back in their own car or improvised go-kart to arrive at Mazzocco Winery's VIP tasting area, where wine educator David Press spends an hour telling stories about the winery and its enchanting elixirs. As they nosh on wine and cheese, David debriefs couplets on pairing, explaining how the flavor and musical preferences of each wine and cheese make them a strong culinary match.
Sonoma Helicopter's fleet of choppers hardly ever stops spinning as they lead training, photography, and tour flights throughout the Sonoma Valley and wine country year round. Their thorough training program pairs classroom and flight sessions to produce pilots capable of taming wild helicopters, and the mountain-flying school further specializes chopper jockeys. Aside from aerial surveys that delve into animal populations, power-line patrols, and crop pollinations, the staff also takes to the air to give guests a bird's-eye view of Sonoma.