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Who is Wine Country Chauffeur?
Philip Petersen, Wine Country Chauffeur

Philip Petersen has worked in the Sonoma and Napa Valleys as a hospitality specialist for 18 years. He has an intimate knowledge of the food and wine industry, training at the world renowned Culinary Institute of America. A lifetime "wine enthusiast", his insider connections to local restaurants and boutique wineries allow him access to areas not open to the casual enthusiast.

Philip will guide you through some of the finest and most memorable wine experiences in our valleys. All tours are customized to meet your specific wine interests. Wine Country Chauffeur promises you the finest service the valleys offer.

"We also enjoyed Philip's services in Napa a few weeks ago. He did a wonderful job and I'd like to point out that his vehicle is spotless and his manners are impeccable. He is quite well versed on the wine and food aspects of the wine country. I would not hesitate to call upon him again."

Jamimi, Ohio

"I agree, we used him for two days in April. One in Sonoma and one in Napa and he was top notch. If you want a customized insider's tour pick him. If you want cookie cutter on the main strip tour save your money and book one of the group tours."

Annapolis, Maryland

"Thanks for a fabulous time!!! My only complaint is that it was way too short!!! Everything was wonderful!!! I loved the wineries we went to and you were a great host! I appreciate you putting up with all of us! Hope to see you again next year!!!!"

Leslie and Peter

Mary Dowdall, Wine Country Chauffeur

Mary Dowdall was raised in the Sonoma County wine country. Her first love is horses and she has been a champion level trainer of show jumping horses for over a decade. Mary was introduced to wine by a friend who performed local event planning. As in most things Mary takes to, she was a quick study. She gravitated to Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and before long she was stocking up on Della Valle, Insignia, Beringer Private Reserve, Opus One, and Silver Oak. She also discovered buying “futures” and made some outstanding purchases. She likes to keep a broad range of vineyards and vintages in her 600 bottle wine cave. In the past few years she has also become increasingly interested in Northern California Syrah, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel.
"While in the Napa Valley for a long weekend with friends, we decided to arrange a wine tour thru Mary at Wine Country Chauffeur. What a bargain! She got us into "The Castle" as well as a private tasting at Joseph Phelps - both were FANTASTIC! The wines, the insider tips, the wines.... best of all - no driving after all that tasting! She drove us in a Navigator. Plenty of room for the four of us and totally accomodating to our schedule. Definitely will do this again, and again, and again...."

Fresno, California

"Philip's partner Mary did a fabulous job of taking us to the best wineries for the tasting! Her knowledge of wine was amazing! We were overwhelmed by the quality of wineries we visited! She also gave us great tips on places to stay and eat next year when we return! We highly recommend Philip and Mary for a truly memorable trip in the wine country!"

Lyssa Cripe, California


Mary shares her passion for wine county and it's winery gems with the enthusiasm of someone showing you a hidden garden. She is constantly seeking out wines with winemakers and wineries that fly under the radar. She also knows how to extract the best from the better known wineries of the wine country.

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