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Saturday, 31 December 2016

AMA Cruise and Land Tour in Provence - November 28th/15

After my usual big breakfast, this morning’s tour took us through the Beaujolais wine region, the Pays d’Or (land of the golden stones) named for the ochre limestone of the houses and castles.  The region is famed for its fruity red wines.   

The weather was very cold today.  Our first stop this morning was the small  medieval town of Oingt - it was interesting just walking through the medieval French town and taking photos. 

Then we went to the La Logere Winery for a tour  - we entered a rustic house for the tasting.  The winery owner explained some of tools used in pruning vines and inside the winery.  Small baskets of bread, goat cheese, and sliced spicy sausage were passed out.  We sampled a white wine, and both a new and a regular Beaujolais.  After the wine tasting, we returned to the ship.

For lunch, I had vegetable soup and pasta with a mushroom sauce and mixed green salad.  For dessert, cake with custard and cherry filing.  I had iced tea and also had a few espressos. 

After lunch in the afternoon, there was a wine lecture and tasting and also a lecture and display of silk and silk products.  The silk industry made Lyon famous throughout Europe.

AMA Waterways is the only river cruise line inducted into the La Chaine des Rotisseurs, one of the world’s most prestigious culinary organizations and the oldest international gastronomic society.  This evening’s dinner had a special Chaine des Rotisseurs menu - it was also a wine pairing dinner during which four different wines were served.  This was one of the best dinners served during the cruise.  

 The first wine served was a chardonnay.  For the appetizer, I had the marinated black tiger shrimp with caviar and a salad bouquet.  For the soup, I had the cream of spinach with Chantilly cream and roasted almonds.  The next wine was a zinfandel.  Then we had a small serving of duck with gravy with mashed green peas, turnip, cauliflower, and carrots.  The next wine was an excellent pinot noir which went perfectly with the main course of roasted beef tenderloin, grilled foie gras, Hollandaise and Bordeaux sauce, carved vegetables, and a potato mousse.  The last wine was a sparkling wine with the dessert of a warm upside apple cake.  It was a wonderful meal.

About 1:15 pm, the AMADAGIO departed Belleville and arrived in Vienne at about 8:30 pm.

Photos belong to Phil Bianco 

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