|Cruising the Columbia River. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Combine those and many, many more with your love of travel and cruising with a theme cruise.
|The Snake River, one of two "Rivers of Wine." Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|White, red and in between, we swirled and swished it all. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|UnCruise's S.S. Legacy. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Mt. Hood looms large over Mount Hood Winery. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Multnomah Falls, Oregon. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Palouse Falls, Washingto. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
We learned a lot about wine and even more about our own palates. Casey summed it up simply, our Yum or Yuck wine. Chris's goal sounded simple, too: "I want to help you discover what you like and why."
|Preparing for a tasting at Archer, Newberg, Oregon. Photo © by Judy Wells|
Meals furthered our assessments. Chef, pastry chef and sommelier conferred in advance, deciding the fare according to wines - white, red and dessert - to be served so that each made the other taste better.
|Vineyard at Domaine Serene in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Tasting of syrahs and cabernets at Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard, Benton City, Washington. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
I highly recommend UnCruise "Rivers of Wine." Even the occasional wine drinkers enjoyed the cruise. All beverages, including those on the top shelf, are included on the all-inclusive cruise. if you prefer a different theme, check out themecruisefinder.com.
What: Amelia Island "Seize the Summer" deals such as credits of up to $100 per day, 20 percent off of summer rates, special packages, free days.
When: Through Sept. 30.
Who: Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island; Omni Amelia Island Plantation; Amelia Rentals; Addison on Amelia; Fairbanks House; Days inn and Suites; Hampton Inn at the Beach; The Surf Beach Motel; Hoyt House; Blue Heron Inn; Seaside Amelia Inn; Beachside Motel; Amelia Hotel at the Beach; ERA Fernandina Beach Realty rentals.
For complete list of "Seize the Summer" offers, go to ameliaisland.com/
Tuscany for 600 bucks per person?Gate 1 says that includes flights on Emirates, 5 nights in Montecatini, 1 night in Milan near the airport, manual car rental (automatic upgrade available),taxes and fees.
Depart on Nov. 13, 14, 15, 27, 28: Dec. 4, 5, 6; Jan. 15, 22, 29 (over Carnivale); Feb. 5, 14, 28 from New York. Aug.-March also on sale.
Must book by Sept. 1, 2017, online at Gate 1 or at 800-682-3333 (ask for 8 Day Tuscany Fly and Drive with Milan package). At end of booking process use promo code TZTSC150.
Blue Ridge BargainHow about a luxury bed and breakfast package in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains for $69 per person per night?
Stay at Wintergreen Resort, enjoy breakfast at The Copper Mine Bistro, take advantage of unlimited access to the Aquatic and Fitness Center or try your clubs on 45 holes of golf, treat yourself at the Wintergreen Spa (I did and it's great), hike or watch the annual song bird migration. It's apple cider time, too.
wintergreenresort.com or (434) 325-2200.