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Wallaby and other Wonders in Tasmania

  How can one not be intrigued by a place that was populated by more than 70,000 convicts, has a town called Nowhere Else, and is home to a night-marauding carnivore named after the devil? The tagline for Tourism Tasmania is “a curious island at the edge of the world.” From...

Four Fine Food Faves

Besides coolish rows and perhaps head races, autumn, for many, brings harvests, and our thoughts turn to food—fresh food. As at home, after a good, long row on one of our trips, nothing is better than a meal of fresh foods, especially when dishes are often distinctive to an area...

6 Reasons to Visit Germany’s Mosel Valley

First cultivated by the Romans, the Mosel Valley, with its tranquil namesake river, has long been considered one of the most romantic settings in Europe. At more than 500 kilometres and one of the Rhine’s longest tributaries, the Mosel River flows through France, Luxembourg and...

Let’s Do It for the Reds, Whites and Blacks

You may not have noticed this before, but wine and rowing have a boatload of similar terms. Letting a wine breathe, for example, is the process of opening wine up by introducing air, thereby improving the wine’s character. Taking oxygen deeply into our lungs to breathe...

Rowing for Truffles

Truffles are an exquisite delicacy of French cuisine. Growing wild and hidden under oak trees in the south of France, they are highly prized and expensive. Professional truffle hunters use dogs and sometime pigs to sniff out this “black gold”. Finding truffles is a rare skill. It...
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Wine and Rowing Pairings in South Africa

We pair food with wine, so why not rows? Crisp, clean, a light finish – well that could describe the rowing just as easily as the wine. Pairing is especially appropriate for our three rowing trips in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Whether you are enjoying the Cape...

Gelati as rowing food

Can gelati be considered an appropriate food for rowers? And what is it about Australian rowers and Italian ice cream? These are important questions with the World Masters Games in Torino just wrapping up, and the FISA World Masters Regatta less than a month away in Varese....