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“Amazing wine tour for anyone, regardless of knowledge!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Loire Valley Uncorked

Loire Valley Uncorked
Rue de la Paleine, 49260 Le Puy-Notre-Dame, France
+33 5 49 22 34 09
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Owner description: From a Loire Valley wine-making family, Gérald, a bilingual French wine professional hosts private half-full day wine tours & tastings at niche organic and biodynamic Domaine's. Available as a day trip from Paris with collections from Angers and Saumur. Sharing inherent knowledge and a lifetime’s passion, alongside Gérald discover all aspects of wine-making, the annual work undertaken preparing the vines, the methods applied to create the blanc, rosé, rouge and sparkling wines, before concluding with a comprehensive and technical wine tasting. **At Bistrot Les Tontons experience a further wine tasting of Natural wines, accompanied by a lunch of freshly prepared local and regional cuisine, (**wine tour dependant).
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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“Amazing wine tour for anyone, regardless of knowledge!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

My wife and I recently celebrated our 10th anniversary with a week in Paris. One of the highlights of our trip was our One Day Loire Valley Discovery tour with Gerald. From the moment we contacted Sarah-Jane, we could not have been more impressed. Sarah-Jane was extremely helpful in organizing everything for our trip. Her information and guidance made it very easy to schedule our round trip from Paris. Since this was our first trip to France, this allowed us not to have to worry about making the right travel plans.

Upon arriving in Saumur, Gerald picked us up at the train station. His easy conversation and sense of humor made it simple to relax and enjoy the day from the moment we met him. As others have said, it was like having a conversation with an old friend. His knowledge and approach to describing the art of making wine made it easy for us (with little or no previous experience) to feel much more adept at understanding the subtle differences in high quality wines.

Following the wine tour, we had lunch at Bistro Les Tontons. This was easily one of the best meals we had during our entire trip. Everything from the stuffed mushrooms and escargot, to the smoked duck were amazing. Gerald also personally selected several more wines to accompany our specific courses.

Sarah-Jane and Gerald provide an amazing experience from start to finish. We will absolutely be visiting them again the next time our travels bring us anywhere near. We cannot recommend them more highly!

Thanks again for making one of the most memorable experiences of our trip!

Matt & Katie Livingood, Oklahoma, USA

Visited August 2013
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LoireValleyUncorked, Owner at Loire Valley Uncorked, responded to this review, October 25, 2013
Gérald and I would like to thank you for your kind and generous review. Helping to organise the surprise trip was an absolute pleasure. Gérald had a super day with you both and we thank you for entrusting Loire Valley Uncorked to be part of your anniversary celebrations. We will look forward to sharing new vintages the next time you are visiting the Loire Valley, Sarah-Jane & Gérald
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London, United Kingdom
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“A must for all wine lovers!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We stayed at Annie's House, a property owned by Gerald and Sarah so they were kind enough to drive us to and from the tour. Gerald has an enlightening approach to wine tasting and is incredibly knowledgeable. We did the vineyard discovery tour and it was fascinating to learn about the process from start to finish.
We would highly recommend this tour.

Visited June 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“Highly Recommended for those who love Wine & Learning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

My girlfriend and I spent a day in the Loire Valley with Gerald and Sarah-Jane of Loire Valley Uncorked. We are wine enthusiasts – living near Napa, CA – and were looking for a way to go deep on the topic of wine during our vacation. We did the “two Vineyard Loire Wine Tour & Tasting” single day trip, and were delighted by the experience. Sarah-Jane was very responsive over e-mail as we arranged the trip, and we were very comfortable with the arrival logistics and agenda for the day. Gerald has strong command of both Loire Valley knowledge and English, perfect for answering all the questions we had for him throughout our tour. We were interested in a more educational experience, and we discussed the grape growing process, wine making process, nuances of French AVA and farming regulations, identifying wine characteristics on your palette, etc. The experience lasted ~8 hours, and included tasting ~30 wines and lunch at their French restaurant which happened to feature our favorite steak tartare of our entire trip (note: Gerald is very accommodating, but the one thing you won’t get from him is the secret recipe for this tartare! ). Gerald and Sarah-Jane even customized the lunch foods and wine just for us.

Having done wine tasting / tour events extensively in the U.S., we were impressed by how much we learned over the course of the day. Combine this with access to chateaux that we could have never managed on our own and having Gerald do all the driving while you get to take in the views all adds up to a wonderfully memorable day in the Loire Valley. Highly recommended!

Visited July 2013
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LoireValleyUncorked, Owner at Loire Valley Uncorked, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
Truly memorable ! Gérald and I are most touched to learn how much you enjoyed your day and thank you kindly for taking the time to share your experience. Knowing wine is your great passion we thank you for entrusting Loire Valley Uncorked to ‘put you in the field’ and introduce you to a diverse range of Val de Loire wines. Thank you once again, Sarah-Jane & Gérald
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“Informative and Enjoyable Wine Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Gerald met us at our chateau and we were immediately impressed by his "matter of fact" style and knowledge of Saumur and his vinyard. The technical information about the art of making wine was very enlightening as was the hands on wine tasting. We left the tour feeling much more knowledgable about how quality wine is made and more confident in discerning good wine from bad. I recommend Gerald without reservation if you are looking for a great experience learning about how wine is made.

Visited July 2013
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“Fabulous way to explore wine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We saved all our wine tasting in the Loire for the personal tour with Gerald and were not disappointed. Chauffeured to the vineyard, we were shown the whole process from vine to glass. Gerald explained what influences the production of grapes and how this affects the final product. We were taken into the extensive caves to see the fizz turning and then had a great couple of hours sampling the range and getting great tips on what to look for. Of course, we didn't leave empty handed!

Visited July 2013
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