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The Bowyers in Burgundy, Thursday 1st May 2014

From arriving at The Hotel Greuze to the end of the visit, this Master's weekend was a gastronomic treat and a challenge to waist bands.

Guests were treated to a champagne welcome at the hotel before setting off for what was to be the first of many excellent meals.

The first evening was spent at the Michelin starred Le Remparts which was a truly won-derful meal with superb wines.

Upper Warden Tony Kench proposed a toast of thanks to Michael and Carol Wren for organizing the event.

The next morning after a good breakfast we met a local guide who showed our group around the adjacent Abbey, ancient streets of Tournus and the 'Hotel Dieu' museum hospital along with it's apothecary rooms and medicinal herb gardens all dating from the 17th and 18th century

Lunch followed at the restaurant Le Bourgogne

After this the group visited, at the kind invitation of past clerk Richard Wilkinson, his 'maison secondaire' where he provided much needed cups of tea, further wine and wonderful selection of local cheeses.

We all departed, after our visit to Richard's, to a local wine 'cave' for an education in wine tasting (Bowyers need lessons in wine tasting ?!!)

This was an extremely interesting couple of hours and a great deal was learnt about the merits of certain wines with corresponding foods—both of which were provided. The rest of the evening was a time to relax and for some to try out the lessons learnt earlier - at the local 'Bar Terminus'

After breakfast the next day a general wander around the market stalls in Tournus and a relaxing coffee alongside the river Saone before setting off for lunch at Col de Chevres on the outskirts of Richard Wilkinson's village in the hamlet of Dulphey

Again an exquisite meal was had.

After a tour of the local area we had an invitation to a privately owned chateaux where we had a very interesting lecture by the owner on the history of the property and the impact of the revolution on the chateaux and the bourgeoisie.

Following this a wine tasting took place at a nearby Cave where it was also possible to purchase a selection of vintages.

After returning to the hotel all departed to our next restaurant, Aux Terrasses, which again was another Michelin establishment for what proved to be a very memorable dinner with a multitude of courses and wines all beautifully presented.

After a light breakfast on Sunday, a trip to the medieval village of Chateau of Brancion followed with lunch taken at Auberge Mont Saint Romain a beautiful hill top restaurant with stunning views of the local countryside.

In the afternoon we called in at a local vinyard for some alfresco wine tasting before visiting the stunning Chateau of Cormatin

The evening of our last day in Tournus allowed a group photograph before dining at the Restaurant Greuze nearby to the hotel. Once again a gastronomic treat was served that delighted both palate and eyes.

After dinner the Master presented pewter gifts to Mirelle Littfass and Richard Wilkinson for all their efforts in making the Bowyer's visit such a memorable experience.

Bernard Waples

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