Here’s some of the kind words our guests have shared…

Ken really gets you “behind the gates” to small, fantastic wineries that allow guests by appointment only. 2 of the 4 we visited the owner themselves poured our wine, 1 was in a cave and the only somewhat “commercial” vineyard had fantastic views, lovely poolside tastings and a charming sommelier.
Ken provided a delicious assortment of meats, cheeses and even his own yummy pate…he was very accommodating to my gluten free needs as well. Would highly recommend him.

-Cheryl | June 2015

Our “Behind the Gates Tour” was a unique and great experience. Our tour guide, Margaret McIntyre, took twelve of us on this tour through the Russian River and Dry Creek Valley. We visited smaller, privately owned wineries where the owners or family members shared their love of winemaking with us. While we enjoyed all of the wineries my favorite was Pasterick Vineyards where we tasted several Syrah’s on a huge table in a cave. The wine owner and his wife made us feel like family. We laughed, heard stories, shared stories and experience what it is like to be “Behind the Gates”.

-Ernest | January 2015

Our group did a 1 day tour with Ken that took us to 4 vineyards. Ken was punctual, informative, and a great host. The vineyards we went to ranged from fairly new to well-established. They were all off of the beaten path, small production, and it is unlikely that we would have traveled to them without Ken as a guide. Each offered a private tasting for the group and in many cases we were either hosted or greeted by the owner; this was a real treat after spending the previous day in a few of the established tasting rooms. Ken provided bottled water and brought a cheese tray that we enjoyed with the owner at one of the vineyards.

-Robert | September 2014

Ken was referred to me by a friend who lives in San Francisco. I was not disappointed. Ken worked with me to tailor a day that appealed to the palates of my group. It was wonderful to have someone who knows the area and the local wineries. We were introduced to wines that we would have never found on our own and it was very special to be able to meet with the owners in an intimate setting. I would definitely use Ken’s services again and look forward to doing so in Sonoma.

-Hillary | September 2014

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