This chapter of “Travels of a Wine Blogger” is a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest that began on August 23rd 2015 and very briefly describes our adventure along the way with an emphasis on specific wine related activities.
We started the trip with great trepidation…after landing at the Amsterdam airport we were told the trip was not going to begin in Amsterdam as planned, but would have to get a train and make our way to Rotterdam to catch the boat because of the congestion caused by the tall ships event in Amsterdam. In the end we were bused to Rotterdam to meet the boat. We left the dock at Rotterdam at 5:30 am and proceeded to Kinderdijk that was a collection of windmills built in the mid-18th century. It turned out to be VERY interesting and educational as we learned about the water management dating from the 1400’s and the workings of a dutch windmill…A super interesting morning.
From a wine perspective we sampled both a German white and red (both Viking River Cruise house brand) the night before that were fair (at best) but at lunch we had Gruner Veltliner (Viking River Cruise house brand) that we both rated “pretty good”. However, tomorrow we’re in Cologne, Germany and have the name of a wine store that Russ Anderson at the Caviste Wine Shop in Winston-Salem, North Carolina gave us, so we’re hoping to really turn-up the wine quality and with no corking fee on the boat are planning a GREAT wine experience for the rest of the trip!!!
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Recommendation: Not Recommended.
Winery/Producer: Le Contesse; Vazzola, Italy.
Grape Variety: Glera.
Geographic Region, Appellation: Prosecco, Italy.
Price: $11.04 with a 15% discount. [click to continue…]
Recommendation: Not recommended.
Winery/Producer:C.V.T.; Tortona, Italy.
Grape Variety: Pinot Grigio.
Geographic Region, Appellation: Veneto.
Price: $10.19 with a 15% discount. [click to continue…]