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November 2023: Spotlight on Provence

This month’s Wine Club, in partnership with AmaWaterways, heads to The Rhône River in France and Switzerland.

Read on to find out more.

The Rhône River makes its first appearance in the Swiss Alps and then runs through the heart of France to join the Mediterranean Sea. Besides providing captivating views of medieval towns and colourful landscapes, it connects the dots between thousands of vineyards from Lyon to Avignon.

Pale pink and with a low alcohol content, Provencal Rosé wines are the “gold standard” for Rosés and are typically blended with Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. The Rosés of the Côtes de Provence region are crisp and fruity with a hint of pepper.

Made with both red and white grapes, Hermitage is an Appellation d’Origine Controlée (AOC) that is world-renowned and best enjoyed matured.

During 1308 to 1388, the papal courts developed a taste for the local wine and promoted viticulture throughout the region. Wines from this region came to be known first as Vin du Pape and later as Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

See for yourself

Join an unforgettable AmaWaterways Wine Cruise and delight in one of the world’s most perfect trifectas: travel, wine, and elegant cuisine.

Each of their Celebration of Wine River Cruises is hosted by an enthusiastic wine professional who leads you through tastings and interactive discussions, accompanies you on select shore excursions to vineyards and cellars, and helps curate a special food and wine pairing dinner on board.

7-night cruise: Colours of Provence

From romantic cities to foodie havens and artistic epicentres, this itinerary enlivens all your senses. Embark in Lyon, France’s culinary capital. Savour the beauty of legendary vineyards and imbibe in local vintages like Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône. Become an expert in all things culinary: go in search of the highly prized “Black Diamond” truffles; learn how to pair chocolate with wine; and enjoy a specially curated food and wine pairing dinner on board. During this wine-themed journey, you’ll indulge in several wine tastings at traditional wineries and hike through vineyards, all while learning about the history and techniques of winemaking both on board with your dedicated wine expert and on shore. This journey is a must for anyone interested in the best of French wine and cuisine.


  • Day 1: Lyon – Embarkation
  • Day 2: Lyon
  • Day 3: Lyon – Vienne
  • Day 4: Vienne – Tournon
  • Day 5: Tournon – Viviers
  • Day 6: Avignon
  • Day 7: Arles
  • Day 8: Arles – Disembarkation

Start date 21 November 2024

Category E (fixed window) £2,453pp

Category BB (twin-balcony (outside and French balcony)) from £3,595pp

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Win a case of Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine

Please note: this prize draw is now closed.

Comment below and tell us if you prefer the style of Van Gogh or Picasso, and why.

A winner will be chosen in early December 2023.
The competition closes on 30 November 2023.

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  1. I would choose Picasso as having visited his birthplace Malaga, and seen many of his works, I think his art makes me think more.

  2. They were both amazing artists along with so many others with their own particular styles but if I have to choose it would be Van Gogh

  3. Definitely Picasso for his distortions, colours and subjects. He found something new in art that no-one had done before. Using his style of art with my junior school class gave them confidence to experiment because nothing they did was actually wrong as they had created their own ‘Picasso’ painting.

  4. I prefer the style of Van Gogh as his works were more normal and life like whereas Picasso was more radical.

  5. I personally prefer Van Gogh. I find there is so much emotion in some of the patterns and swirling lines of his scenes, especially the skies and wheat fields. It just captures my emotions more than Picasso.

  6. Van Gogh had a much more poignant style of art. Displaying the inner demons that shaped his portrayals of life. Picasso was more calculated and commercialised in his approach.

  7. I love Van Gogh, the colours, the style, I like I can see what he is depicting, whereas Picasso is a bit like the ‘ emperor’s new cloths’.

  8. Van Gogh, as he was more of a dreamer, and inspired other creatives in all artisitc endevours. Starry, Starry Night being a good example.

  9. Definitely prefer the style of Van Gogh and particularly like his landscapes like Starry Night over the Rhone, Starry Night and Wheat Fields which have a whimsical, dreamy quality rather than say, Sunflowers which I think is boring…

  10. Neither really my style of paintings – but Van Gogh has the edge as more atmospheric, ( not a fan of Cubism.)

  11. I love Van Gogh’s paintings, he captured his feelings of ectasy, depression, and wonder in his brilliant works of art. His painting of sunflowers always fills me with joy, while his night sky image is laced with mystery and the wonder of the universe. Van Gogh was a true original who’s life’s passion was painting, like many originals he wasn’t properly appreciated or recognised for the great pioneering artist he truly was.

  12. Picasso is my choice
    It’s just so visionary and unique and makes you stop to think rather than simply saying that’s beautiful

  13. Picasso for me!
    Such variety, such innovation. I was able to see the amazing Picasso ceramic collection at the Ludwig in Cologne this summer and loved it.

  14. Picasso was a multi-talented sculptor, painter, ceramicist, set designer and printmaker who once said, “If only we could pull out our brain and see with our eyes.” I agree because when I visited the Picasso Art Exhibition in Japan and after studying the vast assortment of artwork there, my brain hurt! It was more enjoyable to just stand back and admire the light and dark, the sorrows and the joys and the pleasures life may bring with it. Picasso was not afraid to express himself through his work without apologising and this probably why people find him to be such an inspiration. Now I would love to see more of his work, possibly, next time, in Barcelona.

  15. I much prefer Van Gogh. I like the style of the brush strokes and the colours used. Picasso is too abstract-looking and harsh for my taste.

  16. Currently, I prefer Van Gogh, because the immersive experience exhibition gave a brilliant insight into his life and technique. However, I might change my mind again if a Picasso immersive were to come along!

  17. Van Gogh – I just prefer his work. The pictures of Sunflowers and Starry night are deservedly famous, they are beautiful to behold.

  18. I love the style of both Van Gogh and Picasso. But finally after having just recently visited the Musee Picasso in Antibes, I was very impressed by the intricacy of what often looks to be very simplistic work.
    So finally I prefer the style of Picasso because there is a lot of depth and positivity and Mediterranean.

  19. Van Gogh has always been a favourite of mine. His style of painting encapsulates the colours of southern France and makes me want to go there.

  20. The difference in styles between Van Goch & Picasso is an interesting, yet simple, comparison. To my mind Picasso’s style produced images from a nightmare with fractured, disturbing people & Van Gogh’s images are representations from a divine dream.

  21. I prefer Van Gogh because his paintings depict real everyday life scenes and objects. Both artists used a lot of colour but I prefer Van Goghs use of it. You can imagine yourself walking down the Cafe Terrace street and looking at Sunflowers 🌻
    You can get lost in Van Goghs paintings 🖼 ✨

  22. Picasso wins, simply because of the wide variety of styles he adopted over his longer life/career than Van Gogh.

  23. Definitely prefer Van Gogh at least you can see what it’s meant to be. I think Picasso had such a warped view of the world his works are too disturbing to look at.

  24. I prefer Picasso. He reflects life, it’s jumbly, crazy and beautiful all at the same time. Despite what the current media try to tell us, there is not a perfect way to be. We’re all different, yet we’re all beautiful to someone. This is what I see when I look at Picasso’s work, beauty is personal.

  25. Prefer Van Gogh, because you can see what he has painted without guessing. Beautiful colours, lovely textures, beautiful scenery.

  26. I prefer Van Gogh’s vivid, swirling landscapes to Picasso’s fragmented and abstracted figures, they resonate with me while Picasso leaves me cold.

  27. Van Gogh captured a world of vivid colour and real people. Picasso’s art was unreal and often stark. Of the two I prefer Van Gogh’s style – the intense cherry blue of his Starry Night is lovely.

  28. Two masters so why choose between them. I love both but Van Gough is my favourite as it reminds me of my grandmother’s style.

  29. Van Gogh every time – I prefer Vincent’s style because his art depicts his personal struggles and emotions and draws me in while Picasso’s style pushes me away.

  30. Prefer Picasso because you’re forever looking at his paintings seeing something different hidden in the depths.

  31. Picasso always! Particularly like his Le Chien and (very apt for this time of year) Dove of Peace. His paintings, while some are quite abstract, others can have a humourous or beautiful side. Plain, simple but very effective in my opinion!

  32. Van Gogh, always-“proper” art, where you can tell what the painting is supposed to be!! Picasso leaves me cold!

  33. Have to say Picasso every time. He went from being a brilliant conventional artist to experimenting in other areas. Whilst some of the more abstract paintings can be hard to get your head around, his Guernica is unbelievably powerful especially the image of the dove. A real indictment of war. Highly recommend the Picasso museum in Malaga for those yet to be converted.

  34. I prefer art in style of Van Gogh as , to me , it’s more recognisable and I like the colours he used

  35. I prefer the painterly style of Pablo Ruiz Picasso who spent most of his adult life in France. He was a very influential artist in the 20th century, known for co-founding the Cubist movement, invention of constructed sculpture, co-invention of collage, and a the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. His most famous works include the Cubist ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’ (1907) and the anti-war painting ‘Guernica’ (1937), a dramatic portrayal of the bombing of Guernica by German and Italian air forces during the Spanish Civil War. He works present a wide series of phases: Blue, Rose, Primitive, Cubist and Surreal. Exceptionally prolific throughout the course of his long life, Picasso achieved universal renown and immense fortune for his revolutionary artistic accomplishments, and became one of the best-known figures in 20th-century art.

  36. I prefer the style of Picasso as it challenges all assumptions and expands my ability to see the world from a different perspective.

  37. I prefer the painterly style of Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and theatre-designer, who spent most of his adult life in France. He was a very influential artist in the 20th century, known for co-founding the Cubist movement, invention of constructed sculpture, co-invention of collage, and for a wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’ (1907) and anti-war painting ‘Guernica’ (1937), a dramatic portrayal of the bombing of Guernica by German and Italian air forces during the Spanish Civil War. Picasso’s work progressed through various period and styles: Blue; Rose; African, Cubist, Crystal and Surreal. He was very prolific throughout his long life and achieved universal renown and immense fortune for his revolutionary artistic achievements.

  38. Are you a supporter of post impressionist works or cubism? I personally prefer the work of Van Gogh – with his vibrant colours which were inspired by nature. His painting of ‘Starry Night’ is particularly evocative and was the view from his windows in the asylum where he was living. On the other hand, Picasso’s ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’ depicts a street in Barcelona frequented by ladies of the night. Which do you prefer – the choice is yours!

  39. I prefer the colours and textures of Van Gogh that draw you into the painting. The paintings by Picasso leave me cold.

  40. Van Gough was subtle but intense and a natural talent, where as Picasso was a precocious extravert who told people that they must like his work. Not the latter obviously.

  41. Prefer the style of Picasso because it makes me study the artwork and think about what makes him tick. His style can be provocative but alluring such as Les Demoiselles dAvignon and then such pathos looking at The Old Guitarist. But also his works stand the test of time and even prints displayed at your home can be interesting and good talking points.

  42. I’m afraid that I’m a traditionalist and like to recognise what I’m looking at, so Van Gogh is definitely my preferred artist.

  43. Definitely Van Gogh, can’t be doing with all that abstract stuff, Picasso’s pics are beyond my ken, call me Philistine if you must, I would sooner think of it as ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’.

  44. Although I hold a high esteem for both of these prolific artists, Van Gogh’s art in my eyes is by far the more accomplished and most visually arresting. His innovative use of colour, bold and expressive brushwork, combined with emotionally charged compositions revolutionised the perception of art and paved the way for the development and acceptance of many modernist styles. And to think his career only spanned ten years, with over 2,000 pieces of work created.

  45. Van Gogh wins with sunflowers 🌻
    The kind you see on a river cruise
    Through France with Ama waterways
    Connoisseurs’ wine 🍷 to cure the blues.

  46. Van Goph. I’ve always loved his paintings and a trip to Arles was wonderful. While we were there we saw a scene with an olive tree which was in one of his paintings. I know they live for hundreds of years, but it’s something I’ll always remember.

  47. Van Gogh – the more you look the more you see. He covers every mood from dreary potato eaters to bright sunflowers

  48. I prefer Van Gogh over Picasso as his paintings are more relatable and depict a variety of scenes I find pleasing to view. I especially appreciate his Starry Night painting which is magical and so well defined. Picasso on the other hand has a strange style that I find confusing and much less enjoyable to view.

  49. I really love Picasso’s early style when painting in Paris and think he would have been a fascinating person with whom to share the Chateau-Neuf-du-Pape. In his late years perhaps his crayons should have been confiscated?

  50. While I love the work of both painters, I find Van Gogh with his more muted colours, flowers and landscapes to be more soothing.

  51. I’m not a great fan of either (I prefer the Impressionists and Futurists) but Van Gogh would be my preference of the two. I believe he was genuinely original whilst Picasso owed much to the work of George Braque who got to cubism before him I believe and is the better artist of the two in my opinion – just not as good a self publicist 🙂

  52. Both Van Gogh or Picasso abstract almost ‘child like’ use of colours in style, similar but also very different. Van Gogh’s mental heath issues showed in his stark self portraits, Van Gogh – Garden at Arles is by far my own personal favourite, the perspective of the path and beautiful colours of the flowers in the garden it looks a very peaceful place.
    Picasso’s ‘Super’ abstract vivid colours sharp angles in his later work in high contrast to his early portraiture, and my own favourite portrait of Olga Picasso and to choose between the two artists, Pablo Picasso.

  53. I love the Van Gogh style, because it is classically beautiful & wonderful to look at & admire such an amazing artistic talent.

  54. Personally I love the style of Picasso. He is so vibrant. I once visited a small museum in Spain in the north and saw several bowls he had painted. That was probably 40 years ago ,m, but I have never forgotten them. They were stunning especially the ones that showed a bull fight as it looked like the bowl was in the shape of a bull ring.

  55. I prefer Picasso as I like the abstract paintings of people rather than buildings and landscapes. I find the detail in Picassos paintings fascinating.

  56. Van Gogh – I like traditional paintings of nice things, I don’t want to have to think deeply about what an abstract painting means.

  57. Vincent Van Gogh for me every time. His mind could see things clearly that other artists could only dimly perceive. It was if he could travel to another dimension and see the world energy from another viewpoint. He was a true artist, sacrificing everything to persue his dream. Picasso on the other hand sacrificed very little. Cynical and worldly-wise he played the market and collectors to wring every sou out of them. Brutal to his women and exploitive to his friends and colleagues one could even say that he was a rogue and a fake. Some indeed have voiced this opinion. ‘Nuff said.

  58. Ban Gough – understandable and logical (although one can have too much of a good thing with endless sunflowers£

  59. Van Gogh Sunflowers are so vibrant and ‘real’; when we had an old VW campervan we could sit by a field of them and watch, as united, they all turned their heads to follow the sun – captivating and memorable, as I imagine your guests are on cruises with you.

  60. I love Van Gogh, I even have cushions of several of his paintings and went to am immersive exhibition earlier this year. I like Picasso too but Van Gogh is softer and easier on the eye, perfect to enjoy with a glass of Chateauneuf-du-pape!

  61. Van Gogh because his art reflects so many aspects of France and his sunflowers are so wonderful 🌞

  62. Van Gough. The truth is that I really do not understand Picasso. It’s like I and my grandson could draw like that.

  63. I prefer the style of Van Gogh due to his generous use of paint and how he saw he deconstructed subject matter by flicking brush strokes which led to Picasso breaking down subject matter even further into cubes and other shapes. I find Van Gogh’s work unique but less abstract thus easier to understand that that of Picasso.

    1. I prefer Van Gogh as I love his colourful and sunny pictures of flowers and scenes of the French countryside. They are joyful and calming. However, I find Picasso’s paintings to be disturbing and unsettling.

  64. I love the warmth, movement and pattern of Van Gogh, however for me it’s Pablo Picasso and his expressive and metamorphic works which constantly evolved over time.
    Also the fact that he worked in other mediums and influenced so much of modern art.

  65. Van Gogh …his work is always filled with colour…a sense of interior life…and humanity.. his real is always in it’s place!

  66. Van Gogh (to me) taps into the constant motion of life,even when depicting “still” life! We both have a thing about stars…

  67. I prefer Van Gogh. Though troubled at least he was straight forward, whereas Picasso dropped to depths that suggested he might be having us all on.

  68. Van Gogh – I don’t know much about art, but prefer paintings where I can easily recognise what it’s meant to be! Having said that though, I visited the Picasso museum in Barcelona this year, and was amazed at the huge range of his work, some of which was much more to my personal taste!

  69. They were both incredibly talented and creative artists, but I prefer the style of Van Gogh simply because I’d rather live with a collection of impression style Van Gogh paintings in my living room than the harsher cubist style of Pablo Picasso

  70. Van Gogh, because his deep religious faith saturates his visionary paintings. Vincent’s deep blues and golden saffron yellows are reflections of heaven’s light. Van Gogh’s colour palette has its roots in the Renaissance paintings of Giotto, Fra Angelico and Fra Lippo Lippi.

  71. Picasso went through several phases, and his art is always challenging, letting the viewer make up their own mind about the subject, which I find fascinating

  72. Van Gogh every time! Although known for his bold colourful strokes, he also did more elegant paintings as well. His art tells the story of his mental health!

  73. Provocative

    That’s why I prefer his style to that of Van Gogh!

  74. Picasso, for his avantgarde painting style I submitted a mre detailed version, but for some unexplained reason it was “moderated” out, though no bad/rude language was used.

  75. For me, his avant-garde style makes Picasso the winner out of these two. His “mode” ,rated favourably now, was subject to criticism and censorship then as indeed some artists and writers are today

  76. Van Gogh for me every time. Despite only living 37 years, having a form of epilepsy and suffering severe depression, his works were filled with so much beauty and compassion.

  77. Van Gogh as I love sunflowers and his nature paintings, they seem more realistic to me and they reflect the French countryside.

  78. I love Van Gogh – it’s the restless energy in the brush strokes and his humane appreciation of locals and peasants

  79. Got to be Van Gogh. He is the master and always the monkey on Picasso`s shoulder….right at the start, Mother and Child is influenced by Van Gogh`s paintings of the wife and baby of a postman who was a good friend. Picasso then followed his nose, rather than his ear, diverged into a prolific money making machine for decades, but towards the end, the monkey had the final say…just look at his musketeer with the yellow hat…..of course it`s an homage to Van Gogh, one of his self potraits….the one with a yellow hat.

  80. Picasso! His weird and wonderful artwork, flamboyant and surreal,
    Provokes imagination, wonder and appeal.

  81. Very difficult to choose but I prefer Van Gogh as his paintings are full of passion and do not feel so controlled as Picasso and his Cubism style. Van Gogh suffered from mental health problems and created Starry Night while in an Asylum but the beauty he has captured ( as with his Sunflowers painting ) lives on.

  82. Definitely Van Gogh. Love most of his works and he always take me on a journey. I can imagine sitting on The chair by the window looking out of the window at the Wheatfields and smell the Sunflowers in the vase next to me. Day turning to night and the beautiful sight of the Starry Night.

  83. “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” Pablo Picasso.
    An artist who excelled in every genre and changed the face of art.

  84. Very difficult – like asking if I prefer a good red wine or a good white – I appreciate them both. However, if I had to choose one over the other it would be Picasso: his early works are really beautiful, particularly the portraits, and he lived long enough to develop and adopt new styles, even if I wouldn’t necessarily like a copy of one of his cubist paintings hanging on my wall.

  85. Trying to decide who is my favourite artist is a bit like deciding who is your favourite child. Both are exquisite in their own ways. Picasso’s early period of cubist paintings broke the mould and was so radical as to be shocking. Poor old Van Gogh was just as ground breaking but not really recognised as such until after his tragic death. If pushed, Van Gogh takes it just for me. Standing in front of one of his paintings is a revelation with dancing colours and expressive movement, sheer bliss.

  86. I prefer the style of Van Gogh. There is a freshness and immediacy to his work. A poignancy too. The Starry Night is one of my favourites: painted while he was a patient in a mental asylum. I’m drawn in by the emotionally charged swirling composition of the sky and the melancholic blue colour palette. So sad to die so young.

  87. Van Gogh, his paintings are closer to reality and more relatable to. Picasso paintings seem to be the product of a disordered and chaotic mind.

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