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Winemaker Dinner Celebrating Old World Traditions

Winemaker Dinner Celebrating Old World Traditions

Our Winemaker Dinner celebrating old world traditions, showcased two masters of their craft, Winemaker George Bursick and Executive Chef Dean Thomas. This unforgettable evening was beautifully set in our wine cave, filled with wine club members, enjoying the best of what Europa Village has to offer. As always, Executive Chef Dean Thomas and his culinary […]

The Key to Growth is Love, Cuisine & Wine

The Key to Growth is Love, Cuisine & Wine

Not only is there growth expansion at Europa Village, our garden at Peltzer Farms is going wild! We do everything we can to cook all that is being harvested each week for our guests to enjoy. If we cannot serve it right away, we are finding ways to preserve via dehydration or into a canning […]

Europa’s 2nd Annual Winemaker Dinner – A Night to Remember

Europa’s 2nd Annual Winemaker Dinner – A Night to Remember

Our 2nd Annual Winemaker’s Dinner was a night to remember featuring the culinary artistry of Executive Chef Dean Thomas and perfectly paired wines presented by our Winemaker George Bursick. The evening began with a glass of 2013 Annabel Brut – Méthode Champenoise and a medley of delightful Passed Tastes which included: Gelée Sherry-Chicken Consommé, Blackened […]

The Final Leg of our Journey…The City of Light

The Final Leg of our Journey…The City of Light

From Lyon to Paris by train was very relaxing. So relaxing, that Dr. Doug, Nicole and I went to the table in the back with a bottle of wine from the Hermitage region and a chunk of cheese that we picked up from a Farmer’s Market before boarding the train. The cheese, wine and scenery […]

Les Halles Market & Beautiful Beaujolais

Les Halles Market & Beautiful Beaujolais

Les Halles Market & Beautiful Beaujolais Lyon was most definitely a fabulous city, our first visit and we totally enjoyed it. The quaint streets, the west hillside of the city established from the silk market, the two rivers that split the city in half, and all the restaurants and cuisine that are influenced in a […]

Into Lyon and a Bucket List Item Accomplished!

Into Lyon and a Bucket List Item Accomplished!

Into Lyon and a Bucket List Item Accomplished! We sailed up the Rhône River into Lyon where the Saône and the Rhône connect to form the admirable city of Lyon. We were treated by another wonderfully kind gesture from Dan & Beverly Stephenson to take Nicole and I to dinner at Paul Bocuse, honored as […]

Hermitage Wine Tour – Magnifique!

Hermitage Wine Tour – Magnifique!

Hermitage Wine Tour – Magnifique! Our next docking took us to Hermitage. Hermitage is a French wine Appelation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in the northern Rhône wine region of France, and is divided into basically two areas. One of limestone, St. Joseph across the Rhône River, the other Hermitage, a hill that has been a vineyard […]

Truffles Anyone? Our Visit to Domaine de Bramarel

Truffles Anyone? Our Visit to Domaine de Bramarel

Truffles Anyone? Our Visit to Domaine de Bramarel As we cruised up the Rhône River, it was very seldom that you did not find Dr. Doug and I without a glass of wine in hand, however I do believe he slept with his glass. Our excursion for the day was to a Truffle Farm in […]

Continuing up the Rhône – Oh Avignon, We Return!

Continuing up the Rhône – Oh Avignon, We Return!

Oh Avignon, We Return! Our next stop on the cruise up the Rhône was at Avignon, a walled city so beautifully preserved. 30 years ago, Nicole and I had visited this city for an evening and stayed at the Hôtel Palais des Papes. Our goal was to find the little bedroom window that we stayed […]

From Spain to France – The Quaint City of Arles

From Spain to France – The Quaint City of Arles

The Quaint City of Arles After three days in Barcelona, we loaded up and headed to France to meet the rest of the Europa Villagers on board the ship Amadagio. We, of course, started in the bar with a welcome from familiar faces. Our evening included a lovely Europa hosted private dinner and, of course, […]

A Trip to La Boqueria Market in Barcelona and More Tapas

A Trip to La Boqueria Market in Barcelona and More Tapas

A Trip to La Boqueria Market One of the best and largest fresh food markets I have ever seen in my 40 years as a chef. I was like a kid in a candy store. If we lived here, this is where I would shop every day for dinner and while doing so enjoy lunch […]

Barcelona Here We Come! Europa Village Cruise for Wine Lovers

Barcelona Here We Come! Europa Village Cruise for Wine Lovers

Barcelona Here We Come! Nicole and I recently returned from the first Europa Village River Cruise for wine lovers, from Barcelona to Paris aboard AmaWaterways “Amadagio.” Anticipation for a trip is one of the best things, and this one did not disappoint! Journey up the Rhône through wine country and enjoy great food? Of course! […]

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