Our Reviews

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!

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!

This was our second time with Reserve Wine Tours and Dan. There were 5 of us and Dan did a great job in scheduling a day at some great wineries based on a short phone conversation and e-mail exchanges. We were able to enjoy lunch at a vineyard overlooking the valley, setting the stage for our last tasting later in the day. We were in the valley at a small winery and watching the sun start to set over the vineyard, tasting wine and sampling cheese.. Dan can get you into excellent, small production wineries where you are tasting wine with the owner/wine maker! Dan takes care of the driving so you can enjoy the scenery and the tastings. I recommend Dan and we look forward to another trip with Dan on our next visit!

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 such a good time with Dan! He is very knowledgeable and selected great wineries to take us too! What an enjoyable time in Sonoma! We would definitely recommend him and can hopefully return to Sonoma to see him again!

After the success our first trip with Dan several years ago, we did not hesitate to arrange a trip with Dan when we returned to Sonoma. On our first wine tour in Napa, Dan introduced our group to several off the radar wineries which were awesome visits and had really good wine. On our second trip to Sonoma, Dan also took us to places which we had never heard of. We had a great day visiting very special places which we would have never had the opportunity to visit without Dan. Highly recommended.

We spent a day with Dan in the Sonoma area. We spoke with him ahead of time so he could get a feel for the type of wine we were interested in. I told him we wanted to go to places we probably would not find our own. He did not disappoint. He is very kknowledgeableand has a relaxed, easy going demeanor. It was a pleasure to spend the day with him.

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 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!

Dan is far more then your driver. He is a delightful and knowledgable guide to the wine and the wineries. It was a pleasure to spend the day with Dan. He allowed us to experience Napa valley from the perspective of a local. I highly recommend Dan and wil definitely book with him again — even to the point of adjusting our schedule to fit his availability.

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””

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.