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Trip Report Just the wine list please and Daisy came too.

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Most years we travel to continental Europe to stock up on hard-to-get wines in the UK. I normally do a full write up but this year I've covered a lot of the travel stuff in short sections elsewhere. This time I thought I'd focus just on the group wine tour element.

I run a small wine group in Yorkshire (going on 30 years now) and this year 10 of us agreed to spend 4 nights on the Mosel together buying stuff. Of the ten, two spend lots of time in Vienna, one couple is German/British and two couple have never been to Germany. Oh, and Daisy the dog came too, never a problem with the odd run-around opportunities and always with a friendly wag.

In this regard we started on the Saar (just Mrs B and I) to visit Saarschleife which is a photo-opportunity to see a 190 degree river bend between steep river cliffs, it is also on some prime hiking trails, it is just south of Ayler Kupp the most prestigious of wine hills and the beautiful village of Saarburg (half timbered houses in tiny valley with tumbling waterfalls etc). This time we were not buying but the walks and views are lovely.

We then moved onto our base for 4 nights, Guesthouse Durkhem http://www.weingut-derkum.de/ in Urzig. This is not the most prestigious hotel in town, but it is very central, gives a good breakfast and the 84 year old boss is very very good as a host. Other hotels, B&Bs and appartments are available, over the years we have stayed in 5 places and they all have been attractive in their own way. Many of our friends had arrived the day before and taken a river cruise to Bernkastel just up river (half timbered houses etc).

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