A River of Wine
When people ask me about my time on UnCruise, a grin spreads across my face as I’m flooded with fond memories and fantastic stories.
I’ve enjoyed the Rivers of Wine cruise twice now as an onboard wine host and can’t wait for my third trip later this summer on August 26. The S.S. Legacy is majestic and the river is mighty and impressive.
The food is amazing and plentiful and the wines are top-notch! On top of all that opulence, the people on the UnCruise are irresistible and I fall in love with them every time.
The crew is genuinely friendly and goes above and beyond to ensure that each passenger is pampered.
Spending a week on the S.S. Legacy is pure indulgence. I simply adore that each passenger gets a massage at some point in the week!
There are hot tubs on the top deck, and if a crew member notices you up there without a drink, you’ll have one within five minutes. I’ve heard the 7:00 a.m. yoga is restorative and relaxing, but I’ve never seemed to recover from my food coma in time to make it. Maybe next time?
Of course I have to tell you about the wine education and experience. Each day there is an opportunity to visit a handful of wineries and/or tasting rooms. Winemakers and vineyard owners visit with the group and give a guided tasting of their best wines.
The week begins in the cool climate of the Columbia Gorge region, where it’s common to try Riesling, Chardonnay, Albariño, Barbera and Sangiovese.
As we progress eastward on the river, the wines get bigger and bolder. The Walla Walla and Red Mountain brings big, bold Merlot, sassy Syrah and of course, the king of Washington wines, Cabernet.
A visit to the Walter Clore Center provides a blind tasting comparison between Washington wines and their international counterparts, as well as a visual history of wine in Washington.
Each night, back on board, the wine experts provide a 30-minute wine lesson that of course involves some tasting! On this last sailing, Chris Arora illustrated the power of the blind tasting – he poured three different rosés for us and asked us to vote for our favorite.
Wine number two really intrigued me – I hadn’t smelled or tasted anything like it before. I kept going back to that glass, trying to pin the grape or the region or the aroma – ANYTHING! I was stumped.
When it was time to vote, I voted number two because it intrigued me. Imagine my surprise during the big reveal when it was a Sutter Home White Zin. Oh the crowd roared…and I smiled and took the ribbing…It goes to show there is always something new to learn when it comes to wine!