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“Lin is great!”
Review of Artisan Wine Tours

Artisan Wine Tours
Ranked #108 of 125 Tours in Napa
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Owner description: Artisan Wine Tours has received a Certificate of Excellence from the CEO of Trip Advisor for outstanding service. We have also been voted the best touring company in the Sonoma Valley by the San Francisco Chronicle's online website SFGate. A boutique touring company, Artisan opens the doors for wine enthusiasts to savor elegant, hand-crafted wines in private or socially engaging settings. Never dull, never stuffy, and always with a flair for entertainment, Artisan Wine Tours matches the right sights and sensations for the clientele.
Reviewed 29 March 2011

Lin Durling was a wonderful host to us for our day touring the Napa wineries. He spent a lot of time before the day helping us plan where to go (we ended up using all of his suggestions and it worked out fine). He was a font of knowledge which he shared. He even got us cheese and crackers for lunch.
The final part was that he dropped us off for dinner in St. Helena and then drove us back to Sonoma --- very nice to eat and drink and not drive.
We would certainly use him again.

Thank anneb62
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Reviewed 13 September 2010

Lin Durling of Artisan Wine Tours created the perfect day during our recent trip to Napa and we won't hesitate to call him up as soon as we plan our next trip. Lin accommodated us on short notice and spent a lot of time prior to the trip over the phone and email discussing our goals, likes, and dislikes. On the day of our tour, he picked us up and we didn't have to lift a finger for the rest of the day! Lin created an agenda that enabled us to see the Napa spectrum, inclusive of one-on-one tastings with winery owners, lunch beside a beautiful vineyard, and dinner at a popular Napa restaurant. Lin's wine acumen, knowledge of California wine country, and genuine love for what he does capped a wonderful experience; we felt like we were out in Napa for the day with a friend. The day Lin created for us was the highlight of our trip and we can't say enough about Artisan Wine Tours!

Thank Meg3738
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Reviewed 22 March 2010

We had a great experience with our Artisan Wine Tour. Lin is very knowledgeable and personable. My wife and I learned a great deal on our tour and tasted many great wines. We really enjoyed meeting the actual wine makers (not just tour givers) at a few of our stops. Lin has clearly made a number of great connections with many wineries and we reaped the benefits. My favorite part is that Lin takes pictures while you are tasting wines and sends you these pictures when you are all done; so you don't have to worry about pictures during the tour. I have two recommendations for potential customers:
1) Remember that the country-side is part of the experience. Don't try to cram in too many wineries. Really enjoy the drive and the whole experience.
2) Don't be afraid to spit or pour out. All wines taste the same when you are hammered and it really isn't as fun. Buy a bottle you like and get hammered afterwards. At a couple of wineries we had to ask for a "spit bucket".

Thank RadBobby
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Reviewed 23 September 2009

Lin Durling's Artisan Wine Tours were amazing and completely customized to our every desire. We were looking for very small vineyards that most people would not know but still produce top quality, interesting wines. What we got was far beyond our lofty expectations of what the wine tour was going to be. We sat down at four different wineries with either the wine maker or the vineyard owner(s) enjoying both an excellent tasting at each location as well as engaging conversation. Our trip was definitely tailored to a discerning palate, but ultimately Lin provides whatever you are looking for. If you are looking for a private tour through the Napa Valley that you will not soon forget, this is the place to use. Imagine what you want your day to be like, and it will be better--guaranteed.

1  Thank kwroblewski
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Reviewed 7 September 2009

A small group of friends and I recently (7/23) went on a wine tasting trip to Napa-Sonoma. We all had previously visited the area and were looking for a tour that would take us to places that we hadn't been to before. I contacted Artisan WIne Tours after receiving their e-newsletter since they seemed to specialize in more off the beaten path type of tour. Lin, the gentleman that I spoke with, also worked with me to understand our different wine preferences and he put together an intinerary for the day that had something for everyone including a delightful food pairing at Mayo WInery. For the day, Lin catered (literally!) to all of our needs, as he shuttled us around some fabulous smaller wineries where we were able to meet soem of the winemakers. It was such a pleasant day for us that we hope to escape from the City on a regular basis to the wine country and appreciate the experienced planning and care that Artisan Wine Tours/Lin provided.

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