Dan is a fantastic tour guide, and Oliver (Dan’s beloved co-pilot) is even better!!! Dan provided and outstanding day tour. He has exceptional knowledge regarding the topography of Napa and Sonoma valley. He is a wealth of information regarding the historical and current wine production processes of the region. Lastly, he did an outstanding job working with us in advance of our tour to understand the types of wine we were interested in exploring, which gave us a truly customized and enriched experience. We highly recommend touring with Dan if you are either a newbie or experienced wine connoisseur of this beautiful California wine region – you won’t be disappointed.
- “In the immortal word of U2… “It’s a beautiful day””
We visited Calistoga in April and hired Dan as our driver and tour guide. I cannot recommend his business more highly if you want to have a relaxing, well-informed, not pretentious or stuffy and completely authentic wine touring experience. Dan was the consummate professional and so knowledgeable about the wine industry- have already recommended to multiple friends and can’t wait to come back in the Fall to tour some more with Dan as our guide!
We have toured with Dan a number of times and no visit to Napa/Sonoma would be complete without seeing him. He takes time to understand the kinds of experiences we hope to have and always exceeds expectations. His knowledge of the region is phenomenal and his extensive relationships have allowed him to provide us with many truly memorable winery experiences.“Best Experience Possible”
Dan Dolen did an excellent job taking my family to (4) wineries and a mid day lunch. He brought along his dog Oliver for the ride which was alot of fun. Dan was VERY knowledgeable about wine making and able to get us into private tasting as well. We ordered lunch ahead at a Deli and it was awesome food! Would not have been able to find these great stops with out Dan.
We will definitely be back!“Professional Wine Tours”
We had an amazing tour of Napa Valley top vineyards courtesy of Dan. I can’t imagine a visit to Napa or surrounding areas without him. He’s an incredible source of knowledge, knows all the vineyards and back stories that make it so personal and interesting and does an outstanding job of planning, touring, driving, time management and even rescheduling and making another plan when necessary. It was our first trip to Napa but we went with Napa veterans who knew that the key to a great tour was to be in Dan’s capable, knowledgeable and experienced hands! From the time we arrived at the airport Dan had us pampered and all the details and scheduling totally taken care of. We visited on average 4 wineries a day for 4 days. A variety of the big, well known names to small family vineyards that we would have never been able to find on our own. We also relied on his expertise for dinner plans and reservations. When time would allow for another quick visit Dan would use our opinions of what we loved most to make a quick phone call and get us into yet another gem of a winery at a moments notice. Don’t waste your precious time in Napa making mistakes when you can rely of Dan’s connections, knowledge, professionalism and time management to plan and execute the most wonderful and memorable trip you will ever have.“New Napa Fan”
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.“Wine Tour with Dan Dolen”
This is our Second Tour with Dan. He is so knowledgable about the area and Winery’s and knows right where to take you to have the most wonderful Wine Tasting experiences! We had a Great time with him! He is the best!“Another Wonderful visit to Sonoma and Napa!”
I was recommended to Dan by a friend in the wine business. We were looking for a driver to get us safely around Napa and got so much more! Dan learned about our interests and put together a custom tour to top quality wine tasting rooms where we have a private tasting. We were treated like royalty everywhere we went. They had reserved seating and custom menus ready for us. It ranged from the casual where we sat outside on a porch with a host talking about the different wines to being “backstage” in a rock and roll themed room sampling over the top special rare blends. Dan’s driver (it was a busy holiday weekend) was professional, friendly and helpful (offered to grab us sandwiches etc throughout the day). I hate to recommend Dan bc I want to keep him all to myself!“Napa Wine Country Tour and Tastings in Style!”
Dan helped to guide us through choosing the best wineries to tour according to our wine likes and preferences. He was knowledgeable and helpful. We learned a lot, enjoyed great wine and we highly recommend Reserve Wine Tours.“My husband and I had a wonderful wine tour experience with Dan Dolan.”
I contacted Dan and asked him to take my husband, myself and two friends on a tour to learn more about California Pinot Noir. I told him where I thought we would stay in Sonoma. Dan suggested another hotel that would be closer to the best Pinot Noir wineries. We chose that hotel and loved his suggestion. Dan planned our itinerary, including four wineries and a nice casual lunch at a cafe. Two days before the trip, we realized that we had miscommunicated about the date of the trip. Dan and Gary, the person who actually took us on our tour, moved quickly to reschedule everything. They didn’t miss a step. Gary was prompt picking us up in a big Suburban. The four of us were very comfortable in the car. We toured four wonderful wineries we would never have found on our own, all quite different in style. We then had a great lunch. We never felt rushed and all agreed that this was absolutely the way to go wine tasting. No need to constantly check GPS, no worry about wine tasting and driving, no trying to find a lunch spot close by. We finished our tour happy, relaxed, with lots of wonderful wine.“Fantastic experience/wineries we wouldn’t have found on our own”