Wind Spirit Day #2 - Marseille, France
A new day dawned, and off we went to Chateauneuf Du Pape and Avignon. This was an all-day trip - I don't think I would do that again. It was just too long! The heat probably had something to do with it, of course - hot and humid - we were all just drenched by the time we got back to the ship.
First stop (after about an hour's drive) was a winery in Chateauneuf Du Pape, Henry Bouachon. Our group got a tour of the winery and a tasting. It was really just a SMALL tasting - only two wines. The interesting thing was that the winemaker spoke no English, so the tour guide translated everything he said. Kind of made for a long drawn out morning.
Then off to a nearby restaurant where we were to have lunch. After the disappointing winetasting, the lunch turned out to be great! It was held in the garden area of the Le Jardin de L'Alchimiste restaurant. Four very French courses, and everything was delicious. I don't think I wrote down what the courses were, but each and every one was great! Three wines - a Champagne, a red and a white on each table. Although the area was tree shaded, it got pretty hot and sticky.
We then had a guided tour of Avignon -VERY hot and humid by then, so we were all glad to get back on the COOL tour bus to head back to the ship. Check out our tour guide trying to gather us all up to leave.
Before dinner, we were invited to a special Eberle winetasting on the Veranda. It was very nice - four wines were poured - Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet, and Syrah. Got to meet a lot of the Eberle cruisers. They all kind of knew each other because they had dinner in Barcelona the night before we sailed, but Bill and I didn't go because the set menu included a dish with mussels in it, and Bill is deathly allergic to them.
All in all, a good day!
Monday Night Dinner Menu:
Appetizers: Farinette Bread and Parmesan Cheese Griddle Cake with Roasted Chicken and Shallots, Shrimp Cocktail in Cucumber Wheel
Soups: Sweet Potato Soup with Allspice Flavor, Chilled Cucumber Noodle Soup with Smoked Salmon and Dill
Salads: Mozzarella with Fresh Tomatoes and Herbs, Wind Spirit House Salad with a Citrus Vinaigrette
Entrees: Grilled Fish of the Day with Cannelloni Beans, Pancetta & Tomato Fondue, New York Steak with Peppercorn & Cognac Sauce, Whipped Potatoes & Green Beans, Roasted Duck Breast with Roma Tomato Fondue and Crispy Basil