Bordeaux, France

5 Must-Sips in Western Europe

Zegrahm Contributor|September 19, 2017|Blog Post

Sailing aboard the newly refurbished Ocean Adventurer, guests on our upcoming Discoveries of Coastal Europe journey can drink in Western Europe’s dramatic coasts from Lisbon to London. To get the full flavor, they’ll even have the chance to raise a glass or two of the favorite local libations. Here, a toast to the region’s top liquid refreshments:


Port Pairings

Lush vineyards roll across Portugal’s Douro River Valley, the first demarcated wine region in the world. Since 1756, family-owned estates have been producing Port, the area’s famous fortified sweet wine. This revered potation pairs well with cheese and chocolates; sample some in the UNESCO-designated city of Porto.


Galicia by the Glass

Giving Douro a run for its Merlot is the Spanish region of Galicia, where winemaking dates back some 2,000 years. Galicia actually comprises five DOs or Denominaciones de Origen (much like Appellations in France); Rías Baixas runs along the Atlantic coast. Consume some of its crisp, fresh Albariños in the medieval city of La Coruña.


Imbibing in Bordeaux 

Designated the wine capital of France (many say the world), Bordeaux is home to more than 7,250 chateaux and the slick new Cité du Vin wine museum. While guests on our Discoveries of Coastal Europe journey can choose between city sightseeing and a visit to the hilltop town of Saint-Emilion, rest assured that both tours include plenty of uncorkings at local wineries.


A Nip of Cognac

In 1872, Frenchman Jules Normandin built a cellar outside the coastal town of La Rochelle, producing the brandy made famous in the more southernly commune of Cognac. Zegrahm guests will be treated to a tasting at the Normandin-Mercier Cognac House, where a fifth-generation Normandin now serves as master blender.


Chilled Brews on the Channel Islands

Established during the reign of Queen Victoria, Liberation Brewery on Jersey Island has been producing its flagship cask ale nonstop ever since—even under five years of Nazi occupation (see blog post, “Finding Liberation in the Channel Islands”). Its hopped-up brews—which now include an IPA, a blonde beer, and a dark bitter ale—are on tap at numerous pubs and bars around Jersey and Guernsey.


Our 14-day Discoveries of Coastal Europe expedition departs April 28, 2018.




Related Blog Posts

  • La Gomera, Canary Islands

    Sea to Sahara [Infographic]

    September 18, 2017 | Infographics

    Take a glimpse into our brand-new itinerary, Sea to Sahara, showcasing far-flung islands and exotic ports of call, including Cape Verde, Canary Islands, and Morocco.

    Read More

    Sylt, Germany
    Field Report

    Best of the Baltic, 2017 Field Report

    August 29, 2017 | Field Report

    Saturday & Sunday, July 15 & 16, 2017 - London, England / Embark Island Sky

    Read More

    La Gomera, Canary Islands

    Sea to Sahara: A Brand-New Small-Ship Cruise Expedition

    August 29, 2017 | Video

    Watch as Director of Operations Jon Nicholson and Cruise Director Kelsey Simmons, talk about our brand-new expedition, Sea to Sahara, that explores Cape Verde, the Sahara Desert, the Canary Islands, and Morocco.


    Read More

  • European Crested Tit
    Blog Post

    European Birds: 10 Endemic Species

    August 28, 2017 | Blog Post

    The birds of Europe include around 700 different species, many of which are similar to those found in northern Asia and North America. In fact, there are only 10 endemic species of European birds that you won’t see anywhere else in the world.

    Read More

    Lanzarote Island, Canary Islands, Spain
    Blog Post

    10 Things to Do on Canary Islands Holidays

    August 7, 2017 | Blog Post

    From lush forests to daunting volcanoes, Canary Islands holidays offer unexpected variety and dramatic, dynamic landscapes.

    Read More

    Antarctic Sunset
    Blog Post

    The Best Places for Stargazing Around the World

    July 25, 2017 | Blog Post

    On August 21, the moon will pass in front of the sun and the sky will turn completely dark in the middle of the day. Total solar eclipses like this occur approximately once every 18 months, but they’re usually only visible from less than half a percent of the Earth’s surface. This will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the United States since 1979.

    Read More

  • Tenerife Blue Chaffinch
    Blog Post

    Birds of the Canary Islands Checklist

    July 5, 2017 | Blog Post

    Located 62 miles west of Morocco, the Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago revered around the world for its beautiful beaches and unspoiled natural attractions.

    Read More

    Mont Saint-Michel, France
    Blog Post

    Mont Saint-Michel: A Bridge to the Divine

    June 12, 2017 | Blog Post

    In 2014 a new footbridge opened between the French mainland and Mont Saint-Michel.

    Read More

    Great Barrier Reef

    2018: 26 Countries, 52 UNESCO World Heritage Sites [Infographic]

    May 4, 2017 | Infographics

    In 2018, Zegrahm will be visiting 52 amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites in over 25 countries! The United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the UN that maintains a list of important natural or historical sites, whose preservation and safe-keeping are deemed important for the world community.

    Read More

  • Visby, Sweden
    Blog Post

    Even Our Staff Agrees - You Don't Want to Miss the Baltic!

    May 2, 2017 | Blog Post

    We’ve been traveling to the Baltic region for nearly a decade; in that time, we’ve honed an incredible itinerary, filled with natural delights, stunning architecture, and rich history. Even our expedition staff is eager to return! Find out why, below:


    Read More

    Cape Verde

    You're Invited: Sea to Sahara with Cape Verde, Canary Islands & Morocco

    May 1, 2017 | Video

    Zegrahm Cofounder and Expedition Leader, Mike Messick, is thrilled to be joining our upcoming Sea to Sahara: Cape Verde, Canary Islands & Morocco expedition.

    Read More

    Cape Verde
    Blog Post

    Cruising to Macaronesia: From Western Sahara to Unspoiled Islands

    April 17, 2017 | Blog Post

    In ancient times, the world was believed to end at the Strait of Gibraltar. The Atlantic was a wild, threatening expanse of waves, monsters, and mysteries; few seafarers dared sail its waters. But by the late Middle Ages, European ships began crossing regularly, eventually encountering the largely uninhabited islands of Macaronesia.

    Read More