My experiences in wine retail, Napa hospitality, and wine journalism have given me a great deal of knowledge about the California wine scene. One of my favorite activities in recent years has been advising and guiding family and friends to the places in various wine regions that I’ve come to love, the more off-the-beaten-path the better. I now enjoy sharing what I know with a broader audience.

Trips and Tours
Need help planning your visit to Napa, Sonoma, and points beyond? I have a strong working knowledge of many of California’s wine regions and will happily help you plan a memorable visit, suggesting wineries to visit, local attractions to note, and various dining and lodging possibilities. I can offer itineraries, as well as make reservations, at wineries and restaurants for you.

One Day: $100
Two Day: $175
Three or more: rates based on projected needs

Planning and Reservations

One Day: $200
Two Day: $300
Three or more: rates based on projected needs

Driving Day Tours (Napa, Sonoma, Livermore only)

Up to 4 people. Please contact me directly.

Wine Chaos plus Lucky 009Cellars and Collections
Whether you’re trying to organize 100 bottles or 1000, help is available. I will assess your collection, offer drink-by dates, and propose an organizing scheme that will allow you to get the most out of your wonderful wines. If we decide to create a database for your collection, I will provide tutoring for those overseeing the system.

Trying to build a collection? I can assist you with that as well, from tracking down special bottles to creating a collection focused on favorite regions and wines. Also, I will advise on racking systems, temperature/climate control, and storage.

$75 per hour for projects of five days or fewer. Longer jobs to be charged at agreed-upon rate. Free estimates.

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Eager to host a wine-centered event but unsure how or where to start? From creating a list of wines to match the food or the guests to buying the wine and renting the stemware, I look forward to helping you think your way through your party wants and needs.

$75 per hour for parties of 50 or fewer; $100 per hour for more than 50.

Please email Tom at to begin discussing your wine travel wants and needs.