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Viking River Cruise Arcachon Bay

Travel: Explore the best of Bordeaux on a Viking River Cruise

Jane Clare experiences an 8-day tour of the waters of Bordeaux, courtesy of Viking River Cruises and its Heart of Bordeaux itinerary. I’d never been treated like royalty until I joined a Viking River Cruise. I imagine, back in the day, that Viking princesses (if they existed) were very pampered ladies indeed. I hope they …

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Grapes arrive freshly picked at Taylor's Port Nogueira winery

Treading grapes to the Birdie Song beat puts the soul into Taylor’s port

Forget jazz, classical music or even opera. It’s the Birdie Song played on a little electrical organ which might be putting the soul into Taylor’s port wine. Or should that be sole. For one night only at Quinta de Vargellas in the Douro Valley in Portugal, the heart of port country, I stomped, wiggled and jiggled. I …

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Noble rot, Sauternes

Sauternes: A perfect pairing with Moroccan chicken

Winemaking is like art. Making Sauternes is art beyond art – it is the Leonardo de Vinci of winemaking. Those aren’t my words, but those of a wine producer I met in Bordeaux. Crikey. I so love Sauternes, the unctuous sweet wine. No, no, don’t stop reading. If I’m preaching to the converted, apologies. But …

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