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September 2023: Spotlight on Bordeaux

Please note: this prize draw is now closed.

This month’s Wine Club, in partnership with AmaWaterways, heads to the Bordeaux region of France.

Read on to find out more.

In the corner of southwestern France, the Garonne and Dordogne rivers merge to form the Gironde Estuary that naturally divides the famous Bordeaux region into Left and Right banks.

While Bordeaux is acclaimed for its legendary red blends, the small percentage of white blends from this region also make a big impression.

Bordeaux is the largest controlled wine region in France, made up of several subregions, each with its own strictly governed appellation, unique climate and terroir that define it. When you look at the wine labels here, something seems to be missing – the type of grape. In Bordeaux, the grape variety is simply not as significant a quality market as where the grapes are grown. So, rather than being named “Cabernet Sauvignon” or “Merlot”, you will find that these wines are named after the château and appellation they come from.

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.

A Taste of Bordeaux Wine Cruise

Travel to France’s legendary wine capital, Bordeaux, on an enhanced epicurean experience.

Iconic châteaux, timeless vineyards and delicious wine tastings are plentiful on this wine-themed journey. Attend an exclusive wine festival in Bourg, sample Grand Cru Classé wines and experience the wonderful world of viticulture with all your senses at the immersive Cité du Vin museum in Bordeaux. Hosted by a dedicated wine expert who leads tastings and a specially curated food and wine pairing dinner on board, this journey is a must for anyone interested in the best of French wine and cuisine.


  • Day 1: Bordeaux – Embarkation
  • Day 2: Libourne
  • Day 3: Libourne
  • Day 4: Blaye – Bourg
  • Day 5: Cussac-Fort Medoc
  • Day 6: Cadillac – Bordeaux
  • Day 7: Bordeaux
  • Day 8: Bordeaux – Disembarkation

7 nights from £2,851pp

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If you would like a quote or to book, call Silver Travel Advisor on 0800 412 5678.

Win a case of Bordeaux wine

Comment below and tell us which French food and wine you would pair together for a perfect treat.

A winner will be chosen in early October 2023.
The competition closes on 30 September 2023.

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56 Responses

  1. With the prize being announced in October and the start of the colder winter, my choice would be steak and kidney pudding complemented by a full bodied Rhone.

  2. I love a Viognier wine and it goes well with Moules Mariniere and perfect as an Aperitif

  3. My favourite is a Sauvignon blanc and Dutch gouda cheese. An unbeatable combination which balances out the win e with the cheese. Proost!

  4. Magret de canard and frites with a robust red, possibly from southern Rhone or Pays d’Oc.

  5. I would pair a lovely rich meaty Bordeaux wine – probably from the Left Bank – with grilled lamb chops in a Bordelaise sauce.

  6. I would pair a warm red wine with a slow smooth sunset, beef bourguignon and crisp French rolls.

  7. My personal favourite would be a dry white Bordeaux from the Graves region (preferably a blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc) to wash down a large plate of freshly-caught Gironde langoustines with a lemon mayonnaise dressing. Lots of fresh crusty white bread of course.

  8. I adore Picpoul with any fresh salad, fish or chicken dish. Also with a cheeseboard and fruit. Absolutely delicious!

  9. I worked in a French ski resort for a season many years ago. I was the only English speaker and the thing that brought us all together was the food and wine! Every lunch we would all sit around a huge table and eat rough pork terrine with Cornichon and baguette with a lovely Beaujolais.

  10. Any white wine [ cooled by ”mooring” it in the river ] fresh bread, local cheese , olives and tomatoes.
    All consumed while relaxing on the river bank, watching the world drift by.

  11. Coming into autumn I’m leaning to more comforting foods – but not too heavy yet. I’d plump for a nice Coq au Vin with a Beaujolais

  12. I would have a full-bodied red, maybe a Malbec or Shiraz, with a vegetarian Sunday roast dinner of vegetable wellington, roast potatoes and greens

  13. I just love Home-made Ratatouille Lasagne and I would pair it with a rich and fruity Provence Rose.

  14. A good Bordeaux red wine from one of the local vineyards paired with a plate of local cheeses, olives and crusty local bread

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