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Burgundy on a Plate

#12 of 52 Tours in Beaune
Beaune, France
About Burgundy on a Plate
Wine & Gastronomy Tours - Full day private wine tours from 09h00 to 17h00 Cooking classes (a). Morning inclusive of lunch and afternoon wine tour: Late afternoon inclusive of dinner. Other activities: Cheese & Wine Tours: cheese tastings & education - paired with wine Wine & Chocolate Tours Wine & Truffle Hunting Tours Medieval Villages, Sightseeing & Lunch Customised Tours Large group tours Corporate Tours Small Group Tours Maximum 6 Private Customised Tours
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RLG wrote a review Aug 2019
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My wife and I recently booked a wine tour with Sue, the owner. We had a great time and learned a lot about the burgundy region, how to read a French burgundy wine label-which is hugely important in understanding and recognizing the value and consistency of the varied winemakers and villages. We toured the beautiful wine country and had opportunity to take many photographs, as well as taste over 30 different burgundies. The highlight was the over two hour private tasting at our final stop in which the winemaker, himself, gave us the tour. He gave us 4-5 tastings from the barrels as well as several of their recent and past vintages. Amazing time with the winemaker, and a tour that was supposed to end at 5:00 did not end until 6:30! Sue graciously did not rush us to leave, despite working a much longer day than expected! We know our way around California and Oregon pinot noirs, however, it was fascinating and hugely informative to learn the differing approaches to making this great wine. Highly recommend Burgundy on a Plate!
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Date of experience: July 2019
Jennifer M wrote a review Jul 2019
27 contributions9 helpful votes
My mom and I signed up for the cooking class and one wine tour with Sue. It was something we will remember forever! Sue is very knowledgeable on food and history and the region, so if others are saying she's arrogant, I disagree and think there may have been some personality conflicts going on there. She was the first to say if she didn't know something. And she was absolutely wonderful to get to know! I'd love to spend more time with her to learn more. Her connection with a local chef in one of the villages was a dream cooking class. It was just the two of us with Sue and the chef in his home kitchen, which was beautiful! We tried all sorts of cooking techniques and created a beautiful meal. Even with our food background (my mom being a chef), we had so much that we learned. Sue is there for you as needed to translate, but she's not obtrusive. She lets you learn alongside the chef, and it's a wonderful experience. Sue picked us up at our hotel, tried to drive along roads we might find interesting, asked questions to get to know us, and we truly spent a lovely day with her. Visiting the vineyards for pictures and a bit of history was lovely. The winery we visited was fantastic. One of the wine makers took us into this beautiful old cellar, where we could cool down (it's hot in France!) and taste many wines. Yes, they did hope that we would buy wines, but did you come to Burgundy thinking you wouldn't buy wine? And wouldn't you rather buy them right from the wine maker than a shop that sells tons of different wines from people you don't know? We tried some lovely wines and bought a case of 6. The best part was that we could taste and decide what we liked most, pay for them there, and then they ship them home to us - no worry about packing bottles in your suitcase and hoping they don't break or get confiscated at the airport. So if you want a true experience of Burgundy, sign up for the cooking class and wine tour with Sue. You will make new friends and come away with so much you've learned about eating and drinking in France! Lovely place! Thanks, Sue, for such an amazing experience!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Tatiana L wrote a review Apr 2019
Sao Paulo, SP5 contributions2 helpful votes
Thanks to Sue our trip in Burgundy was great!! She is very honest and she cares a lot to provide a good wine day to all of us. We were a group of 4 people and she was able to help our needs during all the 2 days. Thanks to her Burgundy is in our heart.
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Date of experience: March 2019
David R wrote a review Apr 2019
Okoboji, Iowa3 contributions4 helpful votes
I’ve taken a lot of tours and this may have been the best. Sue is one of the most accommodating people I have ever met. She is funny, very wine knowledgeable and has great contacts. She easily changed the schedule when we decided on fewer wineries and a driving tour to finish the day. Not even a flinch. Our lunch was perfect an un-hurried, followed by a Cassis tasting. Then, when our hotel couldn’t arrange for an early morning taxi to the Beaune train station, she personally picked us up at 6:15 am. Now, THAT’S a great host. I wish there was a sixth star for people and businesses like this. Excellent job, Sue. We hope to see you again!
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Date of experience: April 2019
SonomaLacy wrote a review Mar 2019
Sonoma, California61 contributions36 helpful votes
I’ve traveled and toured my way through 25 countries and as much as I hate writing one star reviews, this was the worst tour I’ve ever been on - ever. Sue seemed irritated as soon as she picked us up. Like a friend of a friend who was doing us a big favor by showing us French wine country, she seemed a bit annoyed to be spending the day with us. (For context, my group consisted of three adult professional women on a vacation. I’ve worked in public relations for over 20 years, currently in the wine country business and my two friends also work professionally in the wine industry.) On the way to our first stop, my friend asked if we could quickly stop to get a photo of a famous vineyard, and Sue said. “No, we’re on a schedule” and kept driving. (We were on a small country road with not a single car in eyesight and we were exactly on time.) My friend asked if she could please roll down the window to get a photo and Sue messed with some switches and said, “that window won’t go down.” I said, “Oh, it’s probably just the window lock, you can unlock it with the button.” Sue said nothing and did not allow us to open windows. To try to break the ice we asked her about what was planned. She proceeded to tell us how “very lucky” we were to find her as she is an “honorary Burgundian” and had “the best contacts and relationships” with the best wine makers in the area. She seemed kind of lost and was concentrating on driving so, we three started talking about how excited we were to be in this awe inspiring area. Sue abruptly told us to be quiet “so she could think” and so she could tell us about the first winery. First clue, she had never been there. The first winery was just okay. It was a small family owned winery and the wine was good but, just that – good. After an uneventful tasting Sue brought out purchase sheets and asked us how much we wanted to buy? “A case each?” I said I would like to buy three bottles. (FYI - This was a long wine tasting trip which had started in Italy a few days prior. This particular day was the middle of the trip and we were promised to visit three amazing wineries this day and of course you end with the best and most importantly, I did not LOVE the wine!) Sue said, “OH, three bottles?” “I have great relationships with the best wine makers because I bring people who BUY.” She again suggested we just buy a case at each of the three wineries. TOTAL HIGH PRESSURE SALES. It was uncomfortable. She said she would have a shipper pick up our wine from each of the three wineries. My friend who lives in Italy asked how much it would cost to ship a case to Italy and Sue did not know. She could not give us an estimate. The winery owners could not give us an estimate. Sue told my friend to “just buy the wine now and I will let you know the shipping costs later.” (Um, no.) I explained that I just came from a tour in Italy where I could buy whatever I wanted – 3 bottles or 3 cases and we took it with us in the car. After the tour the tour guide took us to a shipping place where we shipped our wine all together. (Obviously, you get the best prices in cases – 12. But, we had all day to put together a box of 12 and that guide did not care IF – or what we bought.) Sue said, “it does not work that way in France.” We asked Sue if she made a commission on wine sales or shipping and she said no. UGH… (FYI - the night before we did a great tasting with the SOMM at Le Cep and he said to buy what we liked and he could help us ship it all home (cases = 12 bottles) at a time. I told her about his offer and she said, “I hate when ‘hotel people’ talk about things they don’t know about.” The next stop was lunch and the high point of the day because the food was delicious and the service excellent. Sue asked us where we staying and where we had gone thus far. When we told her we were staying at Le Cep Hotel in Beaune she said it felt “old and dirty” to her and she hated every place we had been or made reservations. She admonished us for not asking her for her opinion. (For the record, Le Cep is AWESOME!) She told my friend who discussed the fact that she is married to an Italian, “I don’t know how you can be married to Italian man, ugh…so macho and volatile” then she explained that “all French men are course and ugly.” She bitched about the Americans, Italians, French and capped it off by mentioning (three times) that Americans are very cheap and they “never tip her.” Afterwards in the car she mentioned again that she rarely gets tips, especially from Americans. She explained how hard her job is…and then explained how she “knows more than any sommelier” because they just work in one place and she works all over. Again, we were reminder how “lucky” we were to find her. The second winery was a charming family owned place. (Sue drove around the area two or three times as she had never been there. My friend was finally able to spot the sign.) The wine-maker owner was awesome and our GRAND CRU dreams were fulfilled. Excellent wine. We had a great visit although Sue complained that the wine maker was too “chatty” and wanted to rush us a bit. We decided to cancel the last of the three tasting and relax. (Again with the shipping issues. Ugh.) We all bought at least a case because it was really good. Once we were back in the car my friend asked Sue about her favorite restaurants in the area since told us repeatedly that she was a chef and expert on EVERYTHING in the area. Sue said, she “needed to stop talking because she had a headache from having to translate so much for us.” (She knew from the start that my group spoke English and Italian and no French and she brought us to places where they spoke NO English!) On the way home my friend needed to use the ladies room. Sue said NO. My friend said that she REALLY needed to use the ladies room. I pointed out a QuickMart on the upcoming road and Sue said NO. HELLO? My friend could not wait 40+ minutes. Sue would literally NOT stop at any convenience mart. Finally, she said, “You are so lucky that I could call in a favor. My friend owners a winery here and you may use the bathroom.” The car stopped and I got out with my friend and Sue said, “What, you have to go to? NO! I only have permission for one person.” WTF? I said, well… we’re stopping, we might as well all go. She told me to wait here while she asked permission. We (THREE) went upstairs to the restroom. While my girlfriend was inside Sue said, “WOW traveling with her must be really challenging! What a pain. “<insert eye roll> At that point my friends wanted to call a taxi. Once we were to our train station we just got out of the car. For the record, we drove all over France and stopped at the roadside markets to use the ladies room and had no problems whatsoever. They are actually quite nice. Seriously. I wish I had our day back.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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