My wife and I recently traveled with another couple to Bordeaux - I would describe us as "wine enthusiasts" having previously traveled to other wine producing regions, but we knew less of Bordeaux. Bordeaux SIP Wine Tours, and our phenomenal guide (Antonio) stepped in with the perfect two-day introduction and experience. The arrangements in advance were incredibly easy and seamless; Ms. Croft and Antonio gathered information about our level of knowledge, tastes and preferences, and arranged a terrific two-day itinerary. It was a great value for two full day excursions, and we made deposits/payment by PayPal. We wanted to explore both the Left and Right Banks, and were looking for some variety; we couldn't have asked for a better schedule. Each of the four of us had different favorites.
Our guide, Antonio (originally from Sardinia, but a long-time resident of Bordeaux), was truly wonderful. He picked us up at our hotel in downtown Bordeaux each morning in a comfortable van and whisked us away to wine country. His English is impeccable, and he combined a deep knowledge of Bordeaux winemaking with a terrific (and welcome) sense of humor. He quickly adapted to our individual interests and style - he has personal opinions and preferences, but was careful not to interfere with our tastes and exploration. We actually had to beg Antonio for his personal favorites because he didn't want to unnecessarily influence us.
Antonio's (and Ms. Croft's) choices of wineries and other sights for the itinerary were perfect. They selected a excellent mix, while taking our preferences and interests into account - Chateaus of different sizes, styles and appellations kept us engaged and excited for two consecutive days. Every time we were sad to leave a Chateau, he had a new surprise ahead of us. The pacing was perfect, and it never became a "death march of wine" (which we have experienced elsewhere). Antonio built in relaxing and charming lunches where we could sample some additional wines from Chateaus we would not be visiting, as well as some excellent foo. He also scheduled some downtime to explore (e.g., the beautiful village of St. Emillion).
We were very sad to leave Antonio at the end of the tour - he had begun to feel like family.