I see you are hosting another Globe cruise. Where will the boat be quitting?
By “another” I take it that you remember two prior cruises hosted by The Globe several years back. Those trips sailed through the Caribbean and Mediterranean, respectively, and involved a huge ship (and a sea of Prosecco, as I remember). The one we are currently planning — for next August — will be more intimate, with only 151 guests (namely, smart Globe and Mail readers like you) aboard a significantly smaller, low-rise luxury vessel. And it is a gentle river cruise, which will take us through three notable wine areas: Burgundy, Beaujolais and the Rhône Valley.
While on the ship, guests will have the ability to take in demonstrations and breakfast roundtables by other Globe journalists, like sports columnist Cathal Kelly, columnist and feature writer Elizabeth Renzetti, Rome-based European columnist Eric Reguly and Editor-in-Chief David Walmsley. (I am more of a Champagne-for-breakfast sort of man, so don’t expect me to appear at dawn unless there is a bottle of sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne about, which there will be if I have a say in matters.)
But given our proximity to the dazzling landscape, we will be docking more often and supplying more shore excursions planned by, and exclusively for, The planet. We are going to stop, among other places, in Mâcon, Lyon (for the magnificent food(particularly), Tournon (alongside famed Hermitage mountain), Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Avignon. Tara O’Brady, writer of the bestselling cookbook Seven Spoons and a Globe Style food columnist, will be our chief culinary curator and host.
So, as you might expect, we will dig deep into the historical and lively French food and wine scenes, with visits to choose estates and on-board wine tastings with local manufacturers. And, this being France, I am betting this time there’ll be a good deal more cheese.
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Courtesy: The Globe And Mail