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Address: Sonoma, CA
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The only way to see Napa!

My wife and I were referred to Lin from family used him with great success. We were on our honeymoon and we stopped in San Francisco on our way to Hawaii to visit Napa. Lin drove... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2012
James H
Boston, Massachusetts

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 October 2012

My wife and I were referred to Lin from family used him with great success. We were on our honeymoon and we stopped in San Francisco on our way to Hawaii to visit Napa. Lin drove into San Francisco and picked us up at our hotel. We stopped at the Golden Gate Bridge and he had some celebratory champagne on... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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256 reviews
63 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

I have taken the big wine tours before and was disappointed, so on this visit to Northern California, I decided to go with a smaller operator. I spoke to Lin on the phone and was confident I found the right guide. A few phone calls and emails, and Lin was able to customize the perfect experience for us. It was... More 

1 Thank BrWayne
St. John's, Canada
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2012

Lin Durling you are a treasure! Our day touring three wineries in Napa was so much fun. Working with Lin we developed our own tour of the wineries we wanted to visit. His attention to detail and knowledge was demonstrated not only in his hotel and dining recommendations but also in the schedule he developed four our time wit him.... More 

2 Thank nlwalshfamily
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2012

My wife and I spent a day traveling throughout Napa a few years ago with the affable Lin Durling and had such a wonderful time, that we booked another day with him this Spring. It was very easy to work out a completely different itinerary for this trip, with the experience being just as memorable as the last. His expertise... More 

1 Thank thebattery
Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 May 2012

I wanted to give my full recommendation of Artisan Wine Tours. My wife and I just got back from a great trip to the Bay Area for our 10-year anniversary. We stayed in San Francisco and had a blast, but the best day by far was our wine country excursion to the Dry Creek Valley and Healdsburg. Lin picked us... More 

1 Thank Stephen P
Chapel Hill, NC
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2012

The operator of Artisan Wine Tours Lin Durling and his family have lived in the Sonoma Valley for years and years. He knows the wines, the winemakers, the restaurants, the Inns, the large wineries and the small boutique wineries which I particularly enjoyed! Along with that he has a wide knowledge of wine and wine/food pairings. If you're a foodie... More 

1 Thank Elizabeth R
Sebastopol, California
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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2012

My wife and I toured with Artisan Wine Tours in the Sonoma valley recently and we really can't say enough about our trip! AWT's Lin Durling was our driver that day, and he was very insightful with regard to area details, local history and lots of fun wine-trivia about the many wineries nestled within the Sonoma valley / Mayacamas mountain... More 

2 Thank harryg713
Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 February 2012

My wife and I lived in Northern California for many years. He had made a number of day trips to Sonoma wine country and taken our share of tours. It had been more than six years since we moved to the East Coast. It was time to return and show our East Coast friends what they are missing. For us... More 

1 Thank DandaT5000
New York City, New York
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 February 2012

I was in San Francisco for an art show and had a break in between shows, as did a couple of other exhibitor/friends. On short notice we thought it would be a great day off to visit the Wine Country. Artisan Wine Tours seemed to fit our sensabilities, a relaxed day to enjoy sightseeing and wine tasting without a stressful... More 

1 Thank Cheryl M
Ripon, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2012

After reading the negative reviews about Lin cancelling at the last minute, I spoke with him at length about my concerns with booking a one-man company. He assured me that he had a back-up company to take his place should he become ill. My husband, brother-in-law and sister-in-law and I were visiting Sonoma. It was their first time to visit... More 

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LinNapaValley, Owner at Artisan Wine Tours, responded to this review

We regret any situation that causes discomfort for our clients, and thankfully out of more than 130 posted reviews or testimonials, we have very few unfortunate incidents. We were caught at the last minute with this client and needed to seek an alternate provider. Unfortunately, the plan that I had set up failed terribly, although the client had access at... More 

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