We’re Heading to Wine Mecca
We are hitting the road. Well make that the river on a journey to wine mecca, Bordeaux, France. We will be leading a small group to Bordeaux, home to arguably the world’s best wine. So, Save the Date, April 15, 2016.
Not to be sacrilegious, but many wine lovers have the Bordeaux wine region on their Bucket List since it is considered Mecca for wine enthusiasts. Our group will be embarking on a 7-day Bordeaux wine cruise, traveling along the rivers through the top communes with winery visits and tastings, wine and food pairing dinners, cultural walking tours and so much more. The cruise will begin and end in the city of Bordeaux, with pre- and/or post-cruise land packages available.
Bordeaux – The Ancestral Home
Serious wine drinkers and of course, I’m referring to those who drink red, all have a bottle or 12 of Bordeaux in their wine collections. Bordeaux is the celebrated offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. Typically, a Bordeaux red blend is comprised of the following five grapes:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Cabernet Franc
- Petit Verdot
Due to Frances’ strict viticulture laws, these, along with carmenere are the only red grape varieties allowed to be grown.
These five varieties are used in varying combinations in wine regions the world over but all got their start in Bordeaux. Bordeaux-style red blends are referred to as Claret by the Brits, whereas American winemakers use the name Meritage (rhymes with heritage), which can only be used by members of the association.
Merlot and Cabernet Franc are grown on the “Right Bank”, the name given to the vineyards on the east side of the Gironde River. Merlot, the most widely planted adds fruit and richness to the mid-palate during blending.
Notable Right Bank appellations include St-Émilion and Pomerol. The wines produced in these regions are of excellent quality and have lengthy aging potential, but without the stratospheric prices common for Left Bank reds.
Plan on leaving room in your suitcase or think about shipping a case or two home of these amazing bargain reds. For those traveling with us from the same gateway city, San Diego we can mix and match cases for more cost-effective buying.
The top communes and the ones fetching the highest prices are:
- Médoc (Haut-Médoc)
White wine lovers, do not despair. On our cruise tour, you’ll also get to experience Sauvignon Blanc, Semillion as well as Muscadelle, which is a different grape variety from similar sounding name Muscat. The primary growing regions for these three white varietals are located south of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Sauternes is home to the delicious, sweet dessert wine of the same name. The city of Graves produces dry and sweet wines.
Reserve Your Spot
Call us today so we can add your name to our Interest List for those joining us on the Bordeaux Wine Cruise. Plus, your $400 deposit guarantees you the reduced 2015 pricing. And, if you change your mind, your deposit is fully refundable until March 31, 2015.
It’s going to be a merry, fun time. Why not join us? Joie de vivre!Tags: Food & Wine, French Wine, River Cruises