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***** is the absolute BEST addition to your Napa vacation! He scheduled private tastings for us at some of the most unique, beautiful and ?best kept secret? wineries! The day he planned for us was spot on- he took into account our likes/dislikes and we gave him the freedom to use his expertise and experience to select the best of the best! He is professional, but still a super fun guy to hang out with, and will give you lots of knowledge about the valley and offer great recommendations for your stay! He even helped us package and ship our purchases! Cannot wait to visit again and we will no doubt call ***** for all our transportation needs!
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My experience in Napa Valley was perfect..**** our Napa Sonoma Wine Guy made our journey special .. His experience professionalism & car service made our trip special .. I highly recommend **** & look forward to another great experience in Napa Valley again with Napa Sonoma Wine Guy .
What a wonderful way to explore the wine country ! All of the planning,arranging, and driving was taken care of by an expert they are by allowing us to enjoy every minute of our trip . We were able to experience some delightful boutique wineries that we would have missed had how do I attempted to plan the trip on our own . We can?t wait to return !
We had a wonderful girls weekend in Napa! The wineries picked out were perfect for us and the one was excellent! I would and have recommended friends to Raoul!
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Raoul provided a great experience. He took us various winaries through Napa and Sonoma. We had private tastings with beautiful views, great wine and the oppertunity to talk to knowledgeable wine makers. He scheduled all the tastings and even shipped our wine home after. Truely full service!
I've been to Wine Country several times but Holiday 2015 was the first time for my parents. I wanted them to get a sense of the diversity of wineries and see as much as possible; my mother is a fellow "wino" and likes big chards and Russian River; my father is frankly not a connoisseur, likes sweeter varietals and was more interested in the overall experience, a leisurely pace (given his and my mother's age) and enjoying some nice views. In other words, there were multiple objectives and priorities in the agenda I presented to Raoul. He rose to the occasion and put together an itinerary encompassing not just a variety of boutique wineries (many of which I'd not heard of before), but also took us to a winery with wonderful hilltop views and yet another at which we were able to spend "one-on-one" time with the winemaker and walk through the winery's cave. He was also patient in the face of some intra-family issues wherein I presented what my parents wanted at one time but which later changed and I had to go back to him with requested modifications. Additionally, Raoul was our driver for our two days of winery tours. He obviously has relationships throughout the community which, amongst other things, enabled us to be promptly seated at restaurants for lunch. I also appreciated that Raoul's choices favored wineries below Wine Country "normal pricing structure." Knowing where he was going to take us, I was able to separately take my parents to a more corporate option before our time with Raoul such that they could better compare-contrast and appreciate the itinerary Raoul put together for us. I've already recommended Raoul to friends.
As relative Napa novices (this was our second visit to Napa) my wife and I had a wonderful experience with Raoul. He took care of the entire day - arranging visits to 3 great boutique wineries where we were treated like true VIPs - and a nice lunch in Napa. We had 3 great tastings and winery tours...we even got a personalized tour at one of the vineyards on a Gator!! Something my wife and I will never forget - sampling different grape varietals right off the vine. It was so cool!! On a more personal note - Raoul is a true gentleman. He is obviously knowledgeable, but completely down to earth...plus he's a very nice man. We had a GREAT time and I strongly recommend Raoul if you are looking for a unique Napa/Sonoma experience.
Had an excellent trip to Napa recently, being taken around by Raoul. He chose 3 lovely boutique wineries for us, each with something a little different to experience, but all with great wines. It was wonderful to be with a group of friends, but far away from the madding crowd of Napa on a summer Saturday. Hard to imagine a better itinerary. Just wish we could have had another day, or two, or three.
We took a trip with Raoul for a couple days and it was awesome. He is an awesome guy and really knows the area! His knowledge of wines and the area were worth every penny twice over. We highly recommend using this service!
We used Raoul for two days and had a wonderful time. At every winery we were treated like VIPs and tasted phenomenal wine. We had never visited the area before and what was great about Raoul is he cut through the touristy clutter for us and gave us a wonderful experience in the wine country. It was well worth the money and I highly recommend it for anyone who is looking for a way to avoid the crowds, taste great wine and not have to worry about directions or driving! Do yourself a favor and book Raoul!
Cooper A. S.
Our experience with Raoul was as good as it gets! He took our group of six to 3 beautiful exclusive wineries that were all very different from one another. The wines were delicious and reasonably priced too. Raoul's expertise and professionalism was such a welcome addition that we invited him to have lunch with us! All day long, we felt like VIP's...much different from other tours where you feel like cattle. WELL WORTH A FEW EXTRA BUCKS!
From the minute Raoul Pare showed up at our hotel with warm scones from a local bakery our experience was consistantly amazing! Raoul is knowledgeable, funny and ever so accommodating. He planned an itinerary that far exceeded our expectations. We went to boutique wineries that we had never heard of and were treated like celebrities. Nothing ordinary - only extraodinary!
Raoul, It’s taken a while to write this review, but simply because it was hard to put into words just how special our experience was with Raoul… We came to Napa not knowing what to expect, but thanks to a wonderful family recommendation, what we found was a friendship with grapes and man…Named Raoul. With two legendary couples in tow, all partners in crime, we stole a lot from our time with you. We thought we had an itinerary, for which we did, but rather than showing us the jewels for which we had picked, you lead us to those most magnificent diamonds in the rough. Yes, Napa was what we thought it would be, but without the guidance of a seasoned veteran of the valley we would not have experienced the magic quite as intensely. If you’re looking for more than just a driver, if you are looking for an EXPERIENCE, then call Raoul, he goes more than that extra mile for you, he goes above and beyond. Napa was spectacular, the wine was divine, but by far the best part of our voyage was Raoul. Thank you Raoul, thank you so much. We will definitely be calling you the next time we’re in town!
PaulDr. C & Suzanne
Hi Raoul, You are correct on the wine glasses. The check is in the mail and I spoke to desk people at caymus inn but will send e-mail ad well! We had a great time and will hire you again!
We used NapaSonomaWineGuy (Raoul's new company) in April for a two-day tour. The itinerary was set by someone that we had engaged with via telephone, and luckily (for us) Raoul diplomatically steered us away from what would have been mediocre stops. The woman that set the itinerary originally, works for the company that Raoul used to work for. She told Raoul "I don't know wine, I don't drink wine, and when wineries give me wine for booking the tours, I give it to my husband. He then gives it away to his clients." Yet SHE books ALL the itineraries for that company! No wonder Raoul went out on his own! He knows his trade well because all of his picks were utterly fantastic experiences. Many stops included meeting the winemaker, the owner (sometimes one in the same). Always were the wines fabulous, but also the pricing of those wines was also a pleasant surprise. Raoul will tell you which wines to seriously consider and which wine clubs are the best to join too. There is no doubt that his company is a keeper for our group as we will book with him in the future and send all of our friends to him also.
Shawn & Rebecca
We recently visited Napa Valley with a group of 10 people. Raoul arranged a great day for our group with unique tours at small vineyards. We had the opportunity to sit down with the winery owners and sample excellent wines with great food. The entire group was very impressed with the itinerary and the unique experiences. We would definitely recommend his service and use his services in the future. Sincerely, Shawn & Rebecca
We went on a short wine tour with Raoul and were SO impressed with where he took us. When we set up the reservation, he asked us our wine preferences and built a custom tour based on what we wanted! I didn't want to go to wineries that I could purchase their product at a grocery store. Raoul over-delivered! We only had a short time, but we visited two incredible wineries and were able to talk with the winemakers themselves, barrel taste, and learn a ton about Napa wine. It was a phenomenal experience, worth every dime, and I can't wait to go back!
Ryan & Kim F
Thanks, Raoul, for a fabulous day visiting the out-of-the-way wineries! We never would have encountered these incredible wines without your help...we will definitely be back soon!!
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We used Napa Sonoma Wine Guy.com AKAPareTour on April 1 and we highly recommend using this company on your Napa vacation. We had booked with another driving company but changed to NSWG based on their rates and the customer service when I called (Raoul was SO friendly and helpful.) We were so glad we switched. We had an amazing day with our driver Raoul! He had great suggestions and even squeezed in a stop at a smaller vineyard off the beaten path that my husband and I loved! He was so friendly and we really enjoyed our day with him. We will definitely recommend this company to friends/family visiting Napa and they will be our first call next time we go back!
What an incredible experience! It might seem strange at first hiring someone to drive your rental car, but rest assured this is the best money we have ever spent in Napa. Raoul arranged for Tony to drive us on our tours. We left the planning to Raoul, and he left the fun to us. I can't recommend this service highly enough! Thank you Tony and Raoul for a wonderful day that me and my wife won't soon forget! A+++