Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Route de Gourmande Wine-tasting Walk

Route de Gourmande Wine-tasting!

Sunday afternoon we went on a wine-tasting walk through the Lavaux vineyards, just outside of Lausanne. It was so much fun! I have been wanting to do some wine-tasting ever since we arrived, and this was the perfect way to do it! Our new friend Renee, who we met a couple of months ago organized it, so we had a group of 13 people to walk with.

We took a train to Montreux, where we met the rest of our group at the bus stop and took the bus to Chaitilly where the walk started. We had some time before it started, so Mark and I took a walk around to check out the booths selling honey and other products. Then it was our turn to start walking! Before we set off, we were given a wine glass and a sleeve to put around our neck to carry the glass! It was great!

Our walk took us right through the vineyards and we enjoyed a lot of food and wine. Each stop provided us with a selection of wines and a different food course. We started off with an appetizer (known in French as an "apertif") of bread and sausage, followed by carrot soup, the main course of chicken and gravy over a cheesy-potatoe dish, then a cheese plate, and finally dessert!

Everyone on our walk was really nice and by the end of the evening, we had formed some new friendships and tasted a lot of great local wines! We ended the evening with a few beers at a restaurant by the lake in Montreux! It was a great day!

Walking through the vineyards & Swiss Alpine Horns entertaining us!

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