The service provided from the beginning to end by Loire Valley Uncorked was exceptional. The communication and experience of planning and taking our tour with Loire Valley Uncorked, was truly one of the highlights of our trip to France.
Loire Valley Uncorked can only be given the highest marks for an outstanding tour and specialized customer care. Gerald gave us a one day tour of two small vintners; a truly wonderful and impressive experience. He is extremely knowledgeable of the entire wine making process and has a warm, open and fun personality. Coming from California we were accustomed to great wine tasting but Gerald truly gave us an exceptional tasting of the Loire Valley wines. Sara-Jane, Gerald’s wife, was more than accommodating in meeting our needs. Her attention to detail and personality are to be admired and greatly appreciated. Having no familiarity with transportation in France, Sarah Jane quickly addressed our needs by providing traveling tips and more importantly, the train itinerary and train stations names to make our trip to and from the Loire Valley easy and seamless. Our party consisted of 4 adult friends travelling from Paris. As agreed, Gerald was waiting for us at the train station at 9:30 a.m. (9h30). Our trip started with an overview of the Loire Valley wines. At the first winery we tasted an extensive sampling of special whites, reds and sparkling wines. We enjoyed the experience at this winery immensely, especially the relationship between Gerald and the Vintner. We then had a delicious meal and more wine at Bistrot Les Tontons. Sarah Jane coordinated with us in advance to plan a lunch menu for our enjoyment. The winery in the afternoon was enjoyable and very memorable with a visit to the limestone caves where the wines are stored. We had an extensive sampling of earthy red wines which had depth and were full bodied. We ended the afternoon tour with a treat to all of us from Gerald and Sarah Jane since they knew we were all celebrating “significant” birthdays. Our day ended when we were taken to the Saumur train station for our trip back to Paris around 4:30 p.m. (16h30).
Gerald and Sarah Jane were extremely responsive to our needs. They have a keen sense for attention to detail and they took the time to deliver a tour which provided us with a remarkable experience and an unforgettable part of our trip to France. The tour with Loire Valley Uncorked gave us an appreciation of the amazing Val de Loire wines and made this tour one which is greatly recommended for beginning or knowledgeable wine enthusiasts.
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