“A perfect day spent with family and friends & expertly guided wine tasting tour!”
Having never been wine tasting, and also not a particularly excited fan of wine at all - I expected a nice afternoon with the girls but the usual stomach wrenching "bus ride" for hours and over-priced nasty tasting "church wine" (we tease our Mom with that phrase...an avid red wine drinker).
First - Kathleen was AMAZING. From a somewhat OCD family about cleanliness and Godliness..the tour van was spotless and smelled wonderful (and not that fifteen $0.50 pine tree air freshened smell that overpowers as soon as the doors are closed), just clean!
She customized our tour to ensure we hit the best wineries that also catered to "sweet" wines and each one was cool in its own way.
She has the "force"...whatever wonderful, invisible presence that makes her join the conversation easily but not dominate an afternoon shared with the girls. She had us to the counter and assisted during the busiest season but disappeared as soon as we were deep in wine convo with the proprietor. Magically - after letting us enjoy our time at our pace - she re-appeared to grab and label our purchases and have them safely stowed. She answered any and all stupid questions without any wine snobbery. She knew in advance if the next destination was packed and gave us the option to skip or wait. She knew where to grab a great lunch...she (used the force once again) to appear in the most unassuming way at the perfect moment to take group photos at each location for us.
She was on time! She handled our last minute changes and needs with grace under pressure.
I can't offer a comparison - this was my only tour. Still not a wine snob myself - but the day, the tour, the conversation, and yes...even the van ride - exceeded every one of my preconceived notions & I offer her the highest compliment by planning a tour of my own and dragging my hubby along next time.
A delightful afternoon that could have been miserable considering the weather and lack of wine & van enthusiasm was absolutely hand crafted into an extremely memorable and fun day by Kathleen.
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