We recently returned from an OUTSTANDING experience in the Willamette Valley thanks to Fred Gunton of A Nose For Wine. Fred is.... P-I-N-O-T!!!
P: Professional. From initial contact to drop off, Fred took care of all the details. On time pick-up at our Portland hotel, winery appointments, shipping the bounty back home, and more!
I: Interesting. Fred has been around the world to many different wine regions and shares his knowledge in a very entertaining way. I have been on many wine tours and can quickly sniff out the charlatans- Fred REALLY KNOWS WINE
N: Native. A native Oregonian, his ties to the region and knowledge of local nuances really flesh out the Oregon wine story. From Hazelnuts to the history of wine in Oregon. Everyone at the wineries knows Fred and we received special reserve tastings because of his introductions..and signed bottles too!
O: Original. Fred doesn't operate a shuttle service ("the slurp and burp" wait for you in the parking lot "tours" are ubiquitous and a total waste of your time and money-beware of the imitators). We visited cellars generally closed to the public. Fred allowed us to experience the wine unobtrusively yet was close by to offer his opinion-- and if you are buying, his knowledge of local vineyard vintages is unmatched- a true asset
T: Thorough. We were greeted with a customized itinerary and a surprise fruit/cheese break. Fred arranged a sorting line experience and lunch with a vintner. When we enjoy our Oregon Pinots we now have a face and an image to remember- it has really added to the enjoyment of our wines !!!
FRED IS P-I-N-O-T !!!!!!!
Such a pleasurable experience- FAR EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS !!!!!!
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