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Cocoa & Grapes - Chocolate and Wine Tasting Tours & Events

Carcassonne Center, France
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About Cocoa & Grapes - Chocolate and Wine Tasting Tours & Events
Half day, morning, leisurely paced, no hills, Walking Tasting Tour lasting approximately 4.5 hours for those 18 years and older. These are not family oriented. Advanced booking is preferred. Please book ahead whenever possible. We visit and support local small producers. The shops we visit are open Tuesday to Saturday, therefore, these are the days we offer our walking Tasting Tour - Tuesday to Saturday. The Tasting Tours start at 09:00am and finish at approximately 1:30pm. Private Tasting Experiences last up to 2.5 hours. Both are offered in English only and include tasting exquisite hand made chocolates and local artisanal wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon, now part of Occitanie. Experience pairing fine chocolate with luscious wine, while hearing some fascinating stories of Carcassonne and the region thrown in for fun. There is a two person minimum for Tasting Tours and a preferred four person minimum for Private Tasting Experiences.
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Brent was a fabulous guide! He is extremely knowledgable yet unpretentious. NO question is a dumb question. He encourages engagement in all aspects of the tour and tastings! Truly one of a kind!
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Response from B-McTavish, Owner at Cocoa & Grapes - Chocolate and Wine Tasting Tours & Events
Responded Jan 30, 2020
WOW, thank you so much for this very kind review. I am truly humbled. Happy Travels and Happy Tasting, Brent
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Brent is a fabulous guide, providing a great historical tour of Carcassonne introducing some amazing chocolate and, better still, some wonderful local wines. We particularly enjoyed the natural and biodynamic wines. Very recommended!
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Response from B-McTavish, Owner at Cocoa & Grapes - Chocolate and Wine Tasting Tours & Events
Responded Dec 16, 2019
Thank you so much David for this kind and welcome review. I am thrilled you enjoyed your tour and particularly the natural and biodynamic wines we tasted together. Happy Travels, Brent
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Modified tour as bad weather. Got off to a bad start having been sent long, rambling emails & texts. The messages gave 2 different meeting points, only discovered this when we were waiting outside in the ‘wrong place’ in heavy rain with the guide not answering their phone. The
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Response from B-McTavish, Owner at Cocoa & Grapes - Chocolate and Wine Tasting Tours & Events
Responded Dec 15, 2019
Well this is a perfect example of not being able to please everyone all the time. I’m sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations. As my previous reviews received demonstrate, I provide an high quality, valued and enjoyable experience. The vast majority of my guests love what I do and offer. I am sorry you did not. With the bad weather I tried my best to accommodate you with a Private Tasting Experience, and not a Walking Tasting Tour. If you actually read any of the emails I sent, you would have fully understood what to expect and where to meet. I send maps and directions of where to meet, to all my guests in my Confirmation Emails and along with your PayPal Invoice. All of which you received. In all my 6 years offering tours and experiences, I have never had anyone get lost and end up where you told me the experience was supposed to start from. I called you right back when I missed your call and I came to met you. From the moment I met you I got the impression that you were going to be difficult to please and yet I tried my best under difficult circumstances. I felt you were rude to me, and often spoke over me to your friend accompanying you. However, I valued your knowledge and I appreciated it. I also learned from you. In my experience, including working with the Chocolate makers in Carcassonne, I had never come across Ruby Chocolate. So thank you for introducing me to it. Kind regards, Brent
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First time in Carcassonne and we were very lucky to take this unique food walking tour in the city of Bastide ,facing the breathtaking view of Carcassonne. Brent is very friendly ,very knowledgeable himself about wines and chocolates. So many interesting information about the
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Response from B-McTavish, Owner at Cocoa & Grapes - Chocolate and Wine Tasting Tours & Events
Responded Oct 31, 2019
We had a marvelous morning together didn't we. I was so glad you booked the tour, and that you enjoyed it so much. Thank you for this kind review and for the fun photo attached, and for all the other photos you shared with me. It was a delight to meet you both and I wish you all the very best, Brent
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Brent is a fantastic host with impeccable knowledge of the history of this beautiful part of France, its wines and bespoke chocolate production. A fabulous day had by all, don't miss a wonderful opportunity, book his tour!!
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Response from B-McTavish, Owner at Cocoa & Grapes - Chocolate and Wine Tasting Tours & Events
Responded Oct 26, 2019
Wow, Thanks! So glad you enjoyed your time with me as much as you did. I really appreciate the review too. Kindest, regards, Brent
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