We were treated to the best Xmas Eve present when we booked Sounds Connection for a Gourmet Wine Experience, Sarah at their Picton Office arrange everything with nothing overlooked. Originally there was supposed to be another couple join us for the tour but their ferry from Welllington was running late but that was no problem. Sam our driver and guide took us to our first destination Johanneshoff where we were introduced to the staff Sam excused himself so he could drive back to Picton to greet the late arriving ferry and collect the couple who were booked on the tour. Whilst he was away we sampled excellent wine and toured the underground cellars, Sam timed it to perfection arriving back with a couple from New York within minutes of us finishing the cellar tour. From there we were chauffered to Hans Herzog for a set menu meal prepared by Michelin Star Chefs followed by generous samples of amazing wines of variatials we did not expect to find in Marlborough along with the usual variatials. During our lunch Sam and Sarah were working to get an additional venue lined up so the couple from New York could experience Champaign style wines from the region, they managend to squeeze in an amazing stop that included four styles of the wine made by wine makers who trained in Champagne France. From here we were taken to Cloudy Bay which again supplied an excellent selection of local wines.
Our final scheduled stop was Makana Gourmet Chocolates who we suspected stayed open late for us as they had stopped making chocolate and were having champaign in the demonstration kitchen, we were each offered four chocolates and they went away and got a few others to meet our requests. To top it all off when we returned to the coach Sam had four boxes of Champaign Truffles one for each of us. Sam and Sarah had also rescheduled our fishing and water transport on the Sounds to suit the fact the tour had been extended to ensure everybody got the full experience. Not a cent more was asked although it was probably justified
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