A Viking River Cruise in Europe gives everyone the chance to enjoy wine while exploring the world's best known wine regions. A river cruise is a superb way to enrich your vacation by learning more about wines. Karine Hagen of Viking River Cruises introduces you to the significance of wine on European itineraries.
Delight in joie de vivre in Bordeaux, land of the world's finest wines, truffles, oysters, and cognac, as you cruise the Dordogne, Garonne and Gironde Rivers.
Introducing the vintner and executive chef of Viking River Cruises
Karine Hagen probes into the essence of the region's most popular wines with a local authority.
Karine Hagen takes a closer look with one of Sauternes' local experts. Delight in a preview of this intriguing sweet wine.
Learn about Port Wines with Karine Hagen as local experts in Porto, Portugal describe the history and production of Portugal's famous Port wines. This fortified sweet red wine, produced exclusively in the Douro Valley in northern Portugal, is most often served as a dessert wine though it also comes in a dry, semi-dry and Muscat varieties. It has a long history dating back to the early 18th century when the British, at war with France at the time, needed a new source of wine. Port wine is enormously popular in Britain and around the world and is still used today as the official wine to toast the Queen at formal dinners.
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Scooter Tessari, MCC, owns The Cruise Center, Inc. in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and operates the website Tasteful Journeys devoted to enrichment vacations with a culinary accent and featuring cruises, tours, and custom designed vacation packages.