2017 Founders Cruise with Clos LaChance Winery


2017 Founders Wine Cruise

Round-trip Papeete, Tahiti
December 30, 2017 - January 6, 2018
m/s Paul Gauguin

Stateroom Prices start at $5,561 per person
Includes FREE Round-trip Airfare from Los Angeles
and Paid Onboard Gratuities


$100 Shipboard Credit per person


Santa Cruz Mountain Cabs in Tahiti?  Yes, it's true! 

Tahiti isn't known for a rich wine history, so Food & Wine Trails will bring the wine culture with us on a spectacular Tahiti and Society Islands cruise aboard m/s Paul Gauguin.  Lush Huaine, beautiful Bora Bora, postcard perfect Moorea and the private islet of Motu Mahana will be our backdrop for a "perfect pairing", as we are apt to say in the wine biz.

You're invited to join Laura and myself in welcoming the New Year of 2018 along with Clos LaChance Winery owners Bill & Brenda Murphy as we glide through the shallow South Pacific seas.   Among the several on board events planned, Bill and myself will host a very exciting tasting of Santa Cruz Mountain cabs, including not only the fine wines of Clos LaChance, but also hand-picked selections from Ridge Vineyard's Monte Bello collection (rated one of the best wines in the world by Wine Spectator and Decanter) and Kathryn Kennedy wines.  

In addition to the great time we will have on board, part of what makes a voyage with Paul Gauguin Cruises so special is the access their small ship (only 332 guests) provides to some of the most idyllic, unspoiled beaches. On the private white-sand beach of Bora Bora you can do as much or as little as you want - snorkel, sunbathe or try one of the many complimentary watersports equipment from the ship's marina.  Treat yourself to an overwater massage and enjoy a sumptuous beach barbecue and cocktails from the floating bar while in Motu Mahana.  Every day is a new adventure and the possibilities are endless on these enchanting islands.

You don't want to miss this unique opportunity to sip and savor award-winning cabs in one if the most breathtaking places on earth.  On behalf of Bill, Brenda, Laura and myself,  we look forward to seeing you aboard m/s Paul Gauguin for a 2018 New Year celebration in Tahiti!


Larry Martin


Wine Program Highlights
  • Personally escorted by Clos LaChance owners Bill & Brenda Murphy and Food & Wine Trails Founders Larry & Laura Martin
  • Welcome Reception
  • Clos LaChance Winemaker’s Dinner with host wines
  • Wine seminars
  • Wine tastings including a Santa Cruz Mountain tasting with wines of Ridge Monte Bello and Kathryn Kennedy


Cruise Highlights
  • 7-night cruise on board the luxurious m/s Paul Gauguin
  • Complimentary barbecue lunch on the private island of Motu Mahana
  • Full-day on private white-sand beach in Bora Bora
  • Complimentary watersports from the ship’s marina, including kayaking, windsurfing and paddleboarding
  • Optional PADI SCUBA diving program and certification
  • Onboard traditional Polynesian entertainers, hands-on craft demonstrations and enrichment programs
  • Multiple complimentary dining venues including the gourmet cuisine Jean-Pierre Vigato’s, Chef Propriétaire at Paris’ Michelin-starred Restaurant Apicius
  • $100 shipboard credit per person

Paul Gauguin Cruises
Condé Nast Traveler
2016 Gold List


Food & Wine Trails Founders

Clos LaChance Owner

Clos LaChance Owner



  • Free Los Angeles Roundtrip air 
  • Complimentary room service
  • Complimentary beverages including select wines and spirits, beers, soft drinks, bottled water, and hot beverages served throughout the ship
  • In-room refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, beer and bottled water
  • Onboard gratuities for room stewards, dining and bar staff
  • Airport/pier transfers


  • Domestic flights to/from Los Angeles
  • Port, security and handling fee of $129 per person
  • Optional shore tours
  • All items of personal nature




Wine Spectator
#7 of the Top Ten of 2016
94 pts.
2012 Monte Bello
Santa Cruz Mountains Estate

International Wine Report
2016 Top 100 List
Rated #1
2013 Monte Bello

Top wines of 2016
95 pts.
2014 Estate Chardonnay