Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wine Cruise

A fun press release came my way recently, about a wine cruise happening here in the Midwest this fall:

For the first time, Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Wine Club Cruises and Buena Vista Winery  have come together to host the Great American Wines Cruise this fall. Cruise participants will have the opportunity to relive the history of wine in America and taste over 50 great wines as they cruise down the Mississippi River from aboard the Great American Steamboat Company’s American Queen.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for guests to learn about American Wine history from the experts,” says Brian Murphy of Expedia CruiseShipCenters. “Not only will the participants get to know American wine celebrities and industry professionals, but they will develop a strong relationship with the fellow wine participants.”

The host of the cruise will be Count Agoston Haraszthy, who founded Buena Vista Winery in 1857 and is considered to be the Father of Viticulture and Modern Winemaking in California (played by George Webber, professional character portrayal actor). The other guides for the cruise will be Dr. Liz Thach, Master of Wine, and management and wine business professor at Sonoma State University, and Tom Blackwood, Director of Retail Operations for Buena Vista Winery, DeLoach Vineyards, JCB and Raymond Vineyards.

Guests will also enjoy wines from Buena Vista Winery and the Boisset Family Estates collection, such as Raymond Vineyards, DeLoach Vineyards and JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset.

“Buena Vista is thrilled to be a part of this premier cruise exploring the fascinating history of America wines,” says Jean-Charles Boisset. “As California’s first premium winery, Buena Vista is historically important in bringing modern viticulture to California. We are eager to share our wines, our story, and our vision for the future of California wines with cruise guests.”

Highlights of the cruise will include five winemaker dinners, an excursion to Stone Hill Winery in Missouri, and private wine tastings, including a historic tasting featuring the oldest American wineries, such as Brotherhood, Meiers, Val Verde, Wiederkehr, & Buena Vista. There will also be a special wine tasting with Buena Vista Winery and Wollersheim Cellars, which was founded by Count Agoston Haraszthy. The Count and Tom Blackwood will be the hosts of this unique experience.

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