Our Reviews

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.

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!

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!

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!”

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 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!

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!”

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

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 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”

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.”