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.
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 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.
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
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 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.
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.
Recently toured with Dan after he came highly recommended by a friend. I can’t imagine touring Napa without him…he made wonderful recommendations and helped make reservations. He will personal the tour to whatever you want. Made sure we had a first class experience….will certainly use 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!
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!
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.
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!