Wow! What an amazing experience. I did the Loire Valley Uncorked experience back in October with my fiance, his father, his father's fiance, and his aunt and uncle. We STILL talk about the experience ALL the time whenever we mention our trip to France. Our day with Gerald was by FAR the highlight of the trip. From the moment we arrived on the vineyard grounds, we felt so incredibly welcome. Gerald's knowledge is unparalleled. I learned more about wine in the day I spent there than I had in my entire life up until that day... and I had so much fun doing it! We were given a wonderful tour of the property where all of the wine is made, and the process was explained in a way that was easy for me to understand. After we saw all of the grounds, we were taken into a nice room where we spent a while with Gerald tasting all of his wonderful wines and sparklings! It might sound funny to say this, but my life really was changed that day. My mind became so much more open to trying more wines -- both red and white. My fiance and I enjoyed the wines so much that we have ordered several bottles since we left. We are living and studying in the UK, so it is possible to order the wines quite easily. The dessert wine was particularly amazing; I was pleasantly surprised that I could find a dessert wine so enjoyable.
After we tasted wines, Gerald took us to his restaurant where we had one of our favorite meals of all time! Not only can Gerald do wine like no one else, but his recipes are OUT OF THIS WORLD! Sometimes we look back at the pictures of the delicious dishes we enjoyed at his restaurant just to remind us of how wonderful it was.
I do not exaggerate when I say that this was one of the best days I have ever had while traveling. Traveling is one of my passions, and thus I have done quite a bit of it when time and money allows. This stands at the top of all of my experiences. It is worth every minute and every penny you spend. It comes highly recommended from myself and from all of those who shared the experience with me. I would do it again in a heartbeat, and I hope to someday!
A special thanks to Gerald for such a truly memorable day. Gerald is such a wonderful guy, and he runs a truly impressive business. Go visit him; you won't regret it!
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7 April 2012
After my direct thank you for taking the time to write such a heartfelt and detailed review in February, I felt an online response was appropriate. Gérald thoroughly enjoyed his time with you all and reading your day at the Domaine and our wine bar & bistro was a ‘highlight’ and ‘still talked about experience’ is very touching. Transporting our guests into a French vignerons world, dispelling any pretences, explaining the technicalities of wine making and enabling the subtle differences of each wine sampled to be recognised is the essential ingredient of our wine tastings & tours. Thank you once again for such a lovely review. Mille mercis, Sarah-Jane & Gérald
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