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“A great day in Napa”

Reserve Wine Tours - Private Tours
Ranked #16 of 267 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 November 3, 2014

Dan was absolutely amazing and I will definitely be recommending him to all of my friends and family. We were in Napa right after the earthquake so he contacted me and reassured me that everything was still on for our trip. Dan created an itinerary for us that started with bubbles at Mumm followed by 3 small wineries with amazing wine makers that I would have never found on my own. We picked up lunch at a small Napa grocery store with a great deli selection and eat on the patio at one of the wineries.

When I made the reservation with Dan, I asked for dinner suggestions and he went ahead and made a reservation for us at a fabulous restaurant in downtown Napa. Dan really does provide a first class experience and is a heck of a nice guy. I can't wait to go back to Napa and use Dan's service again!

Thank MissCe
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Reviewed October 27, 2014

Dan was an amazing guide for our first trip to Napa. Super responsive to emails beforehand, and was on time! Solid start! Dan did a great job of setting up a wonderful, well-rounded itinerary. He really let us go at our own pace too. Never felt rushed at all. My boyfriend and I were very very new to the Napa scene, and Dan really gave us an opportunity to see the best of the best. We were never stuck behind a bus tour, which was a huge plus for me. We learned so much about the wineries in Napa thanks to Dan. He really gave use the inside scoop. We had amazing wines at 4 lovely wineries. This was easily one of the most relaxing and fun trips I've been on. Now ALL we can talk about is when we are going to Napa next, and of COURSE when we can book Dan as our guide! I would recommend Dan to anyone!

Thank Lee F
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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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