My finacee and I met my Dad, his financee, and my aunt & uncle in the Loire valley for vacation last fall. The trip was top-notch, but nothing else compared to our time with the good people at Uncorked. Gelard is fluent in both French and English, and his ability to explain his craft to relatively unexperienced winos (like my fiancee and myself) was nothing short of remarkable. He's a very personable, laid back but sharp witted host who makes a quick connection with his guests. The tasting room itself is very smart but also inviting enough to make one feel really comfortable.
The wine at Domaine de la Paleine is fantastic. I'm usually a reds guy myself, but I must admit that the whites, roses, sparkling, and sweets were exceptional.
If you can, make sure to also check out Gerald's wine bar & bistro. Best lunch I had in France, hands down.
I couldn't recommend Loire Valley Uncorked highly enough. It was one of those days I'll remember for all of my life.
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