Wednesday, July 29th ~ Tournon and Tain L’Hermitage
Two cities facing each other, claiming opposite sides of the Rhone River. In the heart of the Côtes du Rhône, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain L’Hermitage are an ideal destination for connoisseurs of fine wine.
And that is about it.
Well, that is not completely true. There is also a famous local chocolate that can be purchased at Valrhona Chocolates.
The famous wines of the area include Côtes du Rhône, Saint Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage Wines. These wines are produced from Syrah grapes.
I wish I could say that being a wine expert described me, but sadly the quality and tasting experiences we have enjoyed at each meal has been wasted on this poorly developed palate. I chill, I aerate, I swirl, I sniff, I look for legs, I try special glassware, and the results are quite unscientific, rather embarrassing and often futile.
I simply like what I like.
And please forgive me – a bottle of “Two Buck Chuck” will usually be just fine. That said, I did find a wonderful red wine in Romania a few years back that I really loved and went to the extreme (for me anyway) effort of contacting the winery to see if it was sold anywhere in the USA. It was not.
We have a well-educated and joyful sommelier (wine steward) on board the SS Catherine who each evening tries to enlighten us about each wine carefully selected to enhance the evening meal. Thankfully, there are much more skilled lovers of fine wine on this cruise, so the $50 a bottle offerings were not totally wasted.
One of the great perks of this cruise is that the drinks are included, so for any lovers of fine wine, you might be in heaven!
Our sightseeing today included a walking tour in Tournon, wine tasting in Tain L’Hermitage, and time to explore the chocolate factory for as long as we wished.
Here are a few of my pictures from the day:
Gratitude Moment: Although I may not be able to discern the difference between a Syrah, or a Pinot Noir, I more than make up for it with an appreciation for gourmet, healthy, fresh meals. I’m grateful for that!