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“Informative, Enjoyable Day with Gerald”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Loire Valley Uncorked - CLOSED

Loire Valley Uncorked
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Owner description: From a Loire Valley wine-making family, Gérald, a bilingual French wine professional hosts private half-full day wine tours & tastings at niche organic and biodynamic Domaine's. Available as a day trip from Paris with collections from Angers and Saumur. Sharing inherent knowledge and a lifetime’s passion, alongside Gérald discover all aspects of wine-making, the annual work undertaken preparing the vines, the methods applied to create the blanc, rosé, rouge and sparkling wines, before concluding with a comprehensive and technical wine tasting. **At Bistrot Les Tontons experience a further wine tasting of Natural wines, accompanied by a lunch of freshly prepared local and regional cuisine, (**wine tour dependant).
Phoenix, Arizona
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45 reviews
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“Informative, Enjoyable Day with Gerald”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

We came in as a couple who likes wine but were by no means especially knowledgeable. Gerald was very informative and we learned a ton over the course of a very enjoyable day in the Saumur area.

The tour exceeded my expectations. We visited three different wineries and sampled a variety of wines, all with a running commentary and discussion that really added to the experience. The countryside is inherently beautiful, which has nothing to do with Gerald I suppose, but his obvious love for the area and his deep knowledge from growing up in the local wine business added so much enjoyment to the day.

For those native English speakers worried about language barrier issues, Gerald speaks and understands flawless English.

Let Gerald pick the food and wine for you at lunch. You won't be sorry.

Visited September 2013
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LoireValleyUncorked, Owner at Loire Valley Uncorked, responded to this review, 15 October 2013
Thank you for kindly taking the time to share your experience, it is greatly appreciated, and we are touched to read your food & wine dedicated day exceeded your expectations. Gérald thoroughly enjoyed your company and conversation, and we would like to thank you once again for entrusting Loire Valley Uncorked to introduce you to the Val de Loire wines. Thank you, Sarah-Jane & Gérald
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Absolutely wonderful experience and a MUST when visiting the Loire Valley!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2013

This was our first visit to the Loire Valley and it will definitely not be our last. We found Loire Valley Uncorked through TA and took their One Day Loire Valley Discovery Tour--it was the highlight of our trip! From the initial contact with Sarah-Jane, to our goodbye at the train station, we could not have asked for a more perfect day in the Loire Valley. We were staying in Paris but took the train in to the Loire Valley for the day to take the tour. Gérald, our host, started our day with a visit to the vineyards of Domaine de La Paleine. Having grown up in the Loire Valley, Gérald is not only extremely knowledgeable about the winemaking process and business, he is a fun (and funny!) host who made us feel as though we were spending the day with a friend. We went into the vineyards, toured the underground limestone caves (where the sparkly is kept), and enjoyed a tasting with 17 different wines from the Domaine. All the while, we learned a LOT of great information and, specifically, about the wines of France. After the tasting, Gérald took us to his bistro, Bistrot Les Tontons, for a handcrafted lunch (see the charcuterie photo! YUM!) for which he handpicked several wines that were the perfect complement to our delicious meal. His lovely wife, Sarah-Jane was able to join us for lunch, and we had the most wonderful time getting to know her...she was an absolute delight! After lunch, we had some time to wander around the quaint town of Saumur...we even had time for a bit of liqueur sampling before the train back...trés bon! All we can say is THANK YOU! This visit made our trip extra special, and we will absolutely be visiting them again in the future! --Paul & Tara Fust, Atlanta, GA

Visited August 2013
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LoireValleyUncorked, Owner at Loire Valley Uncorked, responded to this review, 15 October 2013
Wasn’t it a super day and the afternoon almost ran away with us! Gérald & I would like to thank you for your exceptionally kind words and for kindly taking the time to share your experience and photos. Thank you once again for entrusting Loire Valley Uncorked, and we will look forward to sharing new vintages and new finds upon your return to the Loire Valley, Sarah-Jane & Gérald
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Singapore
1 review
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“A great experience for first timer”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2013

My parents-in-law, husband and I are totally new to wine tasting. After looking at all the good reviews on trip advisor, we thought it would be ideal to slot in a day of learning at Loire Valley Uncorked on our recent Europe trip.

Indeed, our expectations are well exceeded. It started with theory by Gerald in the vineyard, production line and limestone cave. Following that, we had a taste of 17 different wines. The learning journey ended with lunch at Gerald's and Sarah-Jane's bistro. This was when the interesting cultural exchange occurred. Being from diverse background, we were so curious about each others culture and chatted about anything under the sun, from Sarah-Jane's kids to France inheritance law.

Gerald is very patient and speaks very good English, so you don't have to worry about language barrier or difficult accent. I'm not sure if this is too much to ask for, but I thought it would be perfect if Uncorked can provide some key notes on the knowledge taught. I think this is extremely useful for newbies like us to bring home as a starting ground for further research.

I must really commend Sarah-Jane for her effort in going the extra mile. To save money on train tickets, we took the earlier train from and later train back to Paris. Gerald was flexible to pick us up earlier at Saumur train station. Sarah-Jane visited the local tourism office prior to our visit to read up on activities so as to keep us occupied till our train departed. One point to note, follow the train timing recommended by Sarah-Jane. There is nothing much to do in Saumur after the wine tour. We sort of regretted taking the later train as we were quite groggy after all the wine.

All in all, I would highly recommend this trip for the fruitful learning and the extremely hospitable Gerald and Sarah-Jane!

Visited July 2013
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LoireValleyUncorked, Owner at Loire Valley Uncorked, responded to this review, 15 October 2013
Thank you so much for your kind and generous words and for taking the time to share your experience of our One Day Loire Valley Discovery. We equally enjoyed the conversations shared over lunch, it added to the diversity of the day. Thank you once again for entrusting Loire Valley Uncorked to introduce you to the wines and cuisine of our region. Thank you, Sarah-Jane & Gérald
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
1 review
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“Amazing wine tour for anyone, regardless of knowledge!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2013

My wife and I recently celebrated our 10th anniversary with a week in Paris. One of the highlights of our trip was our One Day Loire Valley Discovery tour with Gerald. From the moment we contacted Sarah-Jane, we could not have been more impressed. Sarah-Jane was extremely helpful in organizing everything for our trip. Her information and guidance made it very easy to schedule our round trip from Paris. Since this was our first trip to France, this allowed us not to have to worry about making the right travel plans.

Upon arriving in Saumur, Gerald picked us up at the train station. His easy conversation and sense of humor made it simple to relax and enjoy the day from the moment we met him. As others have said, it was like having a conversation with an old friend. His knowledge and approach to describing the art of making wine made it easy for us (with little or no previous experience) to feel much more adept at understanding the subtle differences in high quality wines.

Following the wine tour, we had lunch at Bistro Les Tontons. This was easily one of the best meals we had during our entire trip. Everything from the stuffed mushrooms and escargot, to the smoked duck were amazing. Gerald also personally selected several more wines to accompany our specific courses.

Sarah-Jane and Gerald provide an amazing experience from start to finish. We will absolutely be visiting them again the next time our travels bring us anywhere near. We cannot recommend them more highly!

Thanks again for making one of the most memorable experiences of our trip!

Matt & Katie Livingood, Oklahoma, USA

Visited August 2013
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LoireValleyUncorked, Owner at Loire Valley Uncorked, responded to this review, 25 October 2013
Gérald and I would like to thank you for your kind and generous review. Helping to organise the surprise trip was an absolute pleasure. Gérald had a super day with you both and we thank you for entrusting Loire Valley Uncorked to be part of your anniversary celebrations. We will look forward to sharing new vintages the next time you are visiting the Loire Valley, Sarah-Jane & Gérald
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“A must for all wine lovers!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

We stayed at Annie's House, a property owned by Gerald and Sarah so they were kind enough to drive us to and from the tour. Gerald has an enlightening approach to wine tasting and is incredibly knowledgeable. We did the vineyard discovery tour and it was fascinating to learn about the process from start to finish.
We would highly recommend this tour.

Visited June 2013
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