Hollywood action films have taught couples that the only way to conclude a romantic evening is by roundhouse kicking their date out of a helicopter. Live the American dream with today's Groupon: for $260, you get a wine-country helicopter tour for two from Sonoma Helicopter ($570 value). The outing includes:
- A 15- to 20-minute private helicopter ride
- A VIP wine and cheese tasting at Mazzocco Winery
Sonoma Helicopter's flight team departs over the Windsor Foothills, escorting twosomes above lush mountains and valleys, offering a breath-seizing view of the morning mist, flourishing grapevines, and rambling rivers. During the flight, air tourists can drink up the beauty of Alexander Valley, which brims with cabernet and pinot vines, exquisite vistas of the Mayacamas Mountains, and dozens of Jason Alexander statues. Dynamic duos arrive at Mazzocco Winery's VIP tasting area via their vehicle, where wine educator David Press spends an hour talking about the winery, which picked up several gold medals from this year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for its zinfandels and syrahs. While the couplets sample wine and cheese, David debriefs them on pairing, explaining how each component's flavor makes for 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.