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A F&WT wine cruise is two programs rolled into one. You have all the onboard entertainment and creature-comforts of a deluxe cruise, plus a private-to-the-group, educational wine program with private parties, tastings, seminars and a winemaker's dinner.
September 8, 2017 Welcome Reception | Horizon's Bar 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Join your host Don Hartford and fellow group members for an open-bar Welcome Reception with passed hors d'oeuvres and the wines of Hartford Court and La Crema.
Seminar & Tastings
September 11, 2017 - Blind Tasting | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (full)
September 11, 2017 - La Crema Winery | Grand Dining Room 3:00 - 5:00 PM
6 La Crema Pinot Noirs from 6 Dynamite Wine Regions
Explore 6 distinct Pinot Noirs from 6 Wine Regions of California and Oregon – including a seated tasting of La Crema’s Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, its Anderson Valley, Carneros, Sonoma Coast, Arroyo Seco and Willamette Valley of Oregon Pinot Noirs.
The tasting will be led by Hailey Jackson Hartford Murray, a co-owner of La Crema Winery and Certified Wine Specialist. Hailey will take you on a wine journey along the west coast of the United States from the North in Oregon’s Willamette Valley down South to the Arroyo Seco in Monterey describing key characteristics of each of the five regions and the wines made from that region against the back drop of a spectacular photo montage of each region’s Vineyards. Guests will arrive at the tasting and be welcomed with a glass of Saralee’s Vineyard Chardonnay highlighting the nuances of this iconic vineyard which is the new home to La Crema in the heart of the Russian River Valley.
September 16, 2017 - Hartford Family Winery | Grand Dining Room 3:00 - 5:00 PM
A Tasting of 7 High Personality Single Vineyard Designated Hartford Court Pinot Noirs
Don Hartford, owner of Hartford Family Winery, will pour for your enjoyment from his Cellar of highly rated Pinot Noirs – the Winery’s Hartford Court:
Preceding the tasting guests will enjoy a short reception with a glass of the 95 Point Hartford Court Stone Cote Chardonnay which Robert Parker described as having “a terrific wet rock powdered stone-like minerality along with beautiful aromas of exotic fruits, great intensity, full body and terrific acidity”.
September 14, 2017 - Wine-Paired Dinner in Polo Grill 6:30 PM
Join host Don Hartford and Hailey Jackson Hartford Murray in one of the ship's specialty restaurants for a special wine-paired dinner featuring the wines of Hartford Court and La Crema.
View sample winemaker's dinner menus from past cruises:
FAREWELL RECEPTION | Horizon's Bar 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Raise a glass to your fellow travelers and hosts and bid a fond "until next time" toast