Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco is tasting her way around Nelson
Nelson has been hit with a big bang after Kaley Cuoco and her boyfriend Karl Cook were spotted tasting fine wine and dining out for breakfast.
The Big Bang Theory actor visited The Cellar Door restaurant in Richmond around 11am on Friday for breakfast.
Seventeen-year-old Richmond resident Sam McKenzie said he was having breakfast in the restaurant when Cuoco and Cook walked in.
"We assumed it was someone else just having breakfast and then I looked over and thought, 'is that who I think it is?'," he said.
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"I was star struck, I got the shakes.
"She was really nice. We went up to her and she got up out of her seat and came over to our table and talked to us about the show, what season we were in.
"She didn't want to give much away but was telling us what it was like on set and they have heaps of fun."
Cuoco also visited Nelson's Brightwater Vineyards tasting room on Thursday morning with Cook and his family of about seven people.
Host Sophie Neale, 24, said she was also completely star struck before serving the guests.
"It was a bit hard to talk at the start," she said.
"I heard she was in town but when I saw her walking up the steps and I saw it was her I freaked out a little.
"They were on a wine tour that came through, we didn't know they were coming. When they arrived we went through our whole range and talked them through the wines.
"She (Cuoco) was so lovely. She was quite quiet but asked some really good questions and was having a really good time."
Cuoco bought a case of Sophie's Kiss Rose, which sells for $264, plus $215 to have it shipped to the US.
"It was really cool how they ended up buying a case of wine that's named after me," Neale said.
"They finished off with a wine infused chocolate truffle."
Cuoco's Instgram account has already attracted hundreds of comments from people giving advice of where to go and what to see in New Zealand.
One user wrote, "Very cool - welcome to New Zealand to you both."
Another wrote, "If you have time you MUST MUST MUST visit Milford Sound. Best scenery in NZ."
A few users also dished out advice for New Year's Eve, "If you want to spend New years on a beach,Timaru have fireworks at Caroline bay as well as a carnival."
"Lake wakatipu in Queenstown and over the hill Wanaka are good places to spend new years."
Neale said Brightwater Vineyards, owned by her parents, had attracted a few other stars including the All Blacks, top chefs from around the world, and Dave Bickler from the band Survivor.