Our Reviews

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.

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”

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”

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!

My wife and I, along with another couple, toured Somona wineries with Dan. He put together a perfect mix of 5 wineries, providing a great blend of experiences — different signature wines, varied (and spectacular) settings, one featuring a barrel tasting, and one with a great river side picnic lunch space. Further enhancing the experience, throughout the trip Dan told great stories about the area, the history, the wineries, and the CA wine industry. He was great, I would highly recommend him and we will certainly use him again when we visit the area.

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!

Wonderful way to spend the day! Our wonderful guide Dan helped us plan out a perfect day of wine tasting in Calistoga. He knows most of the wineries in the area and makes reservations for you at the ones that require a reservation. He picked the perfect spot for a picnic lunch. We communicated via email several times up to the time of our tour; Dan arrived on time and kept up on track for visiting the wineries on our list. Highly recommend Dan for an easy going, wonderful time in the Napa area!

Dan Dole was an incredible pleasure to have guide us around Napa. His wine and vineyard expertise is extraordinary. Dan’s presence completed our wine tour adventure. He made it so much more fulfilling and enjoyable. I would highly recommend his services and be thrilled to do it again. Thank you! Ashley

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”

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.