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“Wine Tour with Dan Dolen”

Reserve Wine Tours - Private Tours
Ranked #13 of 249 Food & Drink in Napa
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Owner description: Dan Dolen of Reserve Wine Tours, a wine maker himself, provides custom, private tours of the Napa/Sonoma wine country. Warm and witty and an excellent communicator/educator, let Dan create the ultimate wine country get away for you and yours!!
Reviewed October 21, 2014

Great Napa experience with Dan Dolen. Second wine tour with him. He made appointments at wineries "off the beaten path". We had 3 private tastings from his recommendations which were all fantastic. We lunched on amazing sandwiches from the cutest Napa grocery while looking at an amazing view of one of the vineyards. We were also treated to balsamic vinegar tasting from the barrel!! Truly an experience I will remember forever. Thank you Dan.

Thank amber s
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Reviewed October 19, 2014

Dan Dolen exceeded all expectations during our time in both Napa and Sonoma Valleys. He started things off right by finding out well in advance what type of wines we preferred. Each day started with sparkling wines, and then we moved into more reds than whites, but a great blend. The private wineries he was able to get us into were terrific...we bought wine because it was GREAT not because we felt obligated in any way! Both winery owners were a delight to visit with, and we feel so lucky. Perhaps the only winery that let us down was...you guessed it - the one WE picked! Hats off to Dan. Also enjoyed his knowledge of the area, history and flexibility. He was fully prepared, never once got lost or misdirected, and really made the days relaxing.
We stayed for much of our time at the Vintage Inn (Yountville) and met many fun guests at breakfast. It was sad to hear that some of them did not have the same great experiences because their drivers/companies were inflexible for were paid to take passengers to specific places.... one of our private tastings confirmed that they will not accept drivers who expect to be paid by wineries (Dan does not get paid, of course). It makes a huge difference in the quality and variety of what you tour.
Dan also recommended great little places to grab food for lunches at the private wineries, and the food was terrific! He really provided the complete package each day!
We WILL use Dan each time we visit. We now have family in Clayton and will be making regular west coast trips.... we are just so lucky we found Dan on our first visit!

Thank Pamela W
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Reviewed October 17, 2014

So pleased with our tour with Dan Dolen. Can't recommend him enough. Not only did he book all appts at our winery visits he also gave us a brief history of each vineyard. He has the knowlege of a local who can tell you what is a must see and what is a must miss in the limited time we were visiting. He has a fabulous sense of humour. Between each vineyard an ice cold bottle of water awaited us. Just fantastic service.

As an aside I read the review where someone said his dog was bothersome. Dan called me two weeks before our tour to ask if it was ok to bring Ollie his 5 lb chihuahua. We of course said yes as we love dogs. The dog did NOT jump on us all day. It is a very well behaved pup who slept the majority of the trip on the seat beside Dan while totally ignoring us. As well, this was not my first trip to Napa and I can't picture any decent, reputable winery not having a tasting fee. That review was not at all my experience or the other three people I travelled with.

My husband and I cannot give Dan enough praise and plan to go back next year. Can't wait to see you then, Dan! Thank you again. And ps: the Picayune was delicious! We drank it for thanksgiving!

Thank Jjojjo1234
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Reviewed October 14, 2014

Recently visited Napa and stayed in Calistoga with another couple who completely planned our visit so didn't have much of any expectations, was just along for the ride. They had set up two full day tours with Dan Dolen, one full day in Sonoma and one full day in Napa. Dan and the itinerary that he selected completely exceeded our expectations. Dan was able to set up private tastings which we understood were not terribly easy to gain access to. Dan was very informative, interesting and a pleasure to spend time with but also not too obtrusive and left us alone when appropriate. Dan also seemed to have great repoire with all of the winemakers that we visited. I attribute a lot of our fond memories of the trip and the pleasurable experience to Dan and the tastings that he set up. We will definitely use Dan when we return, hopefully annually!

Thank Dustin G
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Reviewed September 18, 2014

My wife and I visited Napa to celebrate our ten year anniversary and a good friend recommended Dan. Our arrival was one week after the earthquake. Dan called to check in with is and advised us that our hotel was closed before the hotel even called us. That was amazing. He also helped us find a new place to stay. We spent a whole day with Dan on a Sunday and we visited 5 wineries. 2 private and three public tastings. The private tours are fantastic. It was very cool to sit with the owners and the actual wine makers talking about their vision and their grapes. We had such a great day we asked him to join us for a couple drinks. I would highly recommend Dan as he is a great guide and a wonderful person

Thank Mccarthy19382
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