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“No more big black cars . . . .”
Review of Flex Wine Tours

Flex Wine Tours
Ranked #5 of 43 Transportation in Napa
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Planning your trip to wine country is very exciting, but with all the choices of where to go and what to, it's also overwhelming for most. Sit back and relax while we handle all the details for your wine country adventure. We offer custom designed curated private wine tours to both Napa and Sonoma regions exploring the "Roads Less Traveled" spots in unpretentious cool style and total comfort. Personal interactive guides and local professional Sommelier/host James interactively accompany you on your special day providing local insights. Enjoy a customized wine tasting experience and premium touring in roomy premium SUV luxury vehicles with spectacular visibility along with all the new modern conveniences and extras at your fingertips. Professional quality photography of the people, places, and landscapes included on your tour day at no extra charge. Relax with us...You're in wine country!
Reviewed 23 May 2012

We did two days; one in Napa and one in Russian River. Dave and James (the owner) were great hosts and guides. We have done the "big black cars" before. You know the routine, "here we are, just walk up that way, I think. . .". FWT had it all planned out based on our personal preferences as a starting point. They listened to what we like to drink and what we like to see. At every stop, we were escorted to the door, and presented to the winery staff (many of whom they knew). There was a schedule, but one that was neither pressing nor inflexible. The Flex vehicles were very comfortable, and a nice, more personal twist. We just received our pictures, which captured not only us, but also the vineyards. We'll take this route again. . . .

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Reviewed 19 May 2012

We had the most spectacular day with James and Diane in their fancy Flex. The ride is amazing, luxurious and fully stocked with water, snacks, food and wine journals, and even a "palate refresher" drink for mid-day. They cater to your every whim, and leave nothing to chance. They exceeded every expectation and anticipated every need. We will recommend them to anyone looking for the perfect day or weekend in the Napa Valley ... very impressive and inspiring experience.

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Reviewed 11 May 2012

We chose FWT for our one-day trip to Napa from SF based on TripAdvisor reviews. And it certainly met our expectations and then some. Days before taking the tour, James asked us which were our wine preferences, and based on the information we have him he sent us back a tour guide with suggested wineries according to our preferences (although if you choose to change wineries once on site, they will gladly accomodate). Once we made it to the Vallejo ferry terminal Dave, James's FWT partner, was waiting for us. FWT's Flex vehicles are very comfortable, unpretentious in a good way (unlike limos) and stocked with plenty of beverages and munchies for us. We visited four wineries through the tour (the average number you can cover in a day without hurrying up), and also had lunch in the nearby town of Yountville which features lots of choice places to eat. To close the tour we were dropped off on the terminal in time for the last ferry back to SF.

Dave turned out to be a great, gentleman driver, conversational and equally passionate about wine as we are. He also doubled duties as photographer at our several stops (photography services are included with tour). Tasting prices, of course, vary from one winery to another.

All in all, while this is definitely a great and highly personalized way to see Napa Valley, view its stunning landscape and learn about wine, I'm not sure I could recommend this tour for wine beginners, mainly because of the price (service is currently $70/hour, plus fuel charges and gratuity - expect to budget at least $500 for all day's expenses. FWT's vehicles accomodate up to 5 people so it may make sense to go as a group to lower the cost). However, FWT prides itself on taking you to many small-scale, highly rated, choice Napa wineries where the tour buses or limos never go, so that constitutes a high value of discovery for the true wine connoisseur and aficionado. For our part, we were highly pleased with the service enough to recommend it to anyone passionate about wine and planning to visit Napa.

3  Thank betobeto
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Guide2_WC, Owner at Flex Wine Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2012

Alberto, it was a pleasure being able to take good care of you and your Mother for your exclusive trip out. It was also great to be able to meet you guys along the way on your first couple of spots while on my tour as well (we like to personally meet everyone we can). We're glad you enjoyed the Flex SUV as much as everyone else does (to clarify we can accommodate up to 6 and groups of 10). I think it is important to point out that even being a country away (Costa Rica) we were still able to make the necessary arrangements properly for your particular tastes. Thank you for your thorough and well written review of our services.

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Reviewed 8 May 2012

Eat, drink, and be merry...that is exactly what my wife and I did on this tour! Everything was planned perfectly, including planning around a specific winery that we really wanted to visit. We were Napa wine tour first timers and James did a great job teaching us about the area, wine making, and most importantly brought us to wineries where the wine tasting experience was intimate and fun. At one winery we stood in the vineyards with the owner as he showed us were the wine we bought was being grown and gave a bit of history about the estate, it was amazing. We felt like we got a "locals only" special tour experience with all the knowledge and great places we visited. The Ford Flex is a great touring vehicle which is very comfortable and it doesn't feel like you are riding around in a boat or tank! We will not hesitate to do this again on our next trip to Napa.

Thank Zach F
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Reviewed 7 May 2012

We booked this a month in advance, and once the deposit was taken, we left everything in the hands of James who made suggestions based on our requirements. We had a few places that we had been recommended by other people, and he fitted some of those in while adding a few of his own suggestions. That was perfect because to do all the ones we'd been recommended would have involved too much driving and not enough drinking!

We were picked up from our hotel (We came out 5 minutes early and the car was waiting) and then went straight on the tour. The car was huge, much more room than the 2 of us needed, and also fully stocked with drinks and snacks. Definitely a luxurious way to travel.

Every stop was just as we wanted, and we managed to tailor it as the day went, very flexible throughout. We were also taken to a lunch stop which was perfect.

If you have concerns about booking something like this, then don't. We had the perfect balance of chat and privacy. Some expert advice where we wanted it, but not too much. And the flexibility that we wanted. But if you want everything done to a fixed schedule, that is possible as well.

If you're doing Napa, do it in style.

Thank ReplaceDogWithCar
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