What are the three things an American needs for a complete day of wine tasting in France?
1. A French translator - after all, we products of the American education system are rarely fluent in foreign languages and you can't expect everyone in France to understand English.
2. A wine expert - a real expert can recommend wines that best fit your palette and educate you on the subtleties of different methods of wine production.
3. A chauffeur - a day of wine tasting with friends or loved ones is much more fun when you don't have to worry about staying sober enough to drive!
Our tour guide, Doug, was all of this and more. He is a professional winemaker from Seattle who opened up his own artisanal winery in the Provence region several years ago. Now, he's expanded his business to take parties of up to four on day-trips tasting wine around this beautiful area he calls home.
My wife and I worked with Doug to design a custom tour of the Côtes du Rhône wineries. The rolling hills opened to stunning vistas, keeping our cameras busy before we ever tasted our first wine. Doug shared his expertise, teaching us about the French AOC wine designations and different grape varieties grown in the area. Midway through the tour, he took us for a delicious lunch at a quaint, neighborhood cafe. Then, we were back on the road for more wine and more adventure! Near the end of the tour, we also made an unscheduled stop at a nearby chocolate factory (what goes better with wine than good chocolate?).
We were extremely pleased with our tour. You can choose a package plan or design your own tour to focus on wines that interest you most. You get lunch, transportation, some useful souvenirs and Doug's expertise all for one low price. We highly recommend Tours du Rhone to any American wine lover visiting the Provence region in France.
Afterward, we had 12 bottles of incredible wine (at shockingly low prices!) to bring back to the US and incredible memories that will last with us forever.
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