This is Season 1, Chapter 1 of Dan The Wine Man, a feature written for The Napa Valley Register and other media outlets. My angle is that I include guidance on how to find the wines I recommend. It’s 4 wines each time. Hope you like it and buy my picks!

You probably are interested in wine recommendations. Readers of the newspaper wine section usually are.
I’m running with that assumption. Welcome. We may become friends.

My name is Dan Dawson, a Napa Valley resident of 27 years. Over these years, I’ve been a server/waiter, restaurant manager, head sommelier, wine merchant, business owner, wine educator and wine writer.

I took a wine test the third day I lived in Napa Valley to get my server job and never taken one since. I drink and understand wine so I can teach, promote and sell. My best skill is to identify good wine from mediocre or bad and know who to recommend the good wines to. I’m also very good at calling out wines that are particularly good values. In other words, over-deliver for the price. We all like a value.