Sonoma Magazine


Overview


with winery hosts

 



SOLD OUT

Barcelona to Barcelona
September 8 - 18, 2017 
| 10 Days
Oceania Cruises' Riviera


Prices start at $3,374 and include roundtrip air

 


FOR GUESTS ALREADY BOOKED —
FREE Pre-paid Gratuities and $150 per stateroom shipboard credit.
 
Your "Olife" Reservation gives you a FREE unlimited Internet package
plus choose one of the following:
 
  • Eight (8) FREE Shore Excursions
  • FREE House Beverage Package
  • $800 additional per stateroom Shipboard Credit
 OLife amenities are per stateroom

Greetings from Hartford Family Winery and La Crema Winery,
 
We are thrilled at the possibility of you joining us on a ten day, luxurious Mediterranean food and wine cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ ship, the Riviera.  The Riviera will embark from Barcelona on September 8th, 2017 and return on the 18th of September.  It will be a trip of memorable destinations and our family will be hosting some amazing tastings of Hartford Court and La Crema along with a dinner.  Please join Jennifer, Hailey and me on this once in a lifetime trip.
 
The cruise alone will offer the chance to visit some of the most famous cities in Europe. After departing Barcelona, the Riviera will visit Valencia, and the Island of Mallorca in Spain; the Island of Malta; Sicily, Naples and Tuscany in Italy; the Principality of Monte Carlo; and Marseille in France.  Optional pre-cruise tours of Barcelona and the Penedes Wine Region are offered as well as a visit to the Ornellaia Estate in Tuscany.  The visit to Ornellaia will include a tasting of a 100 Point Ornellaia wine.
 
As for the tastings that I mentioned, the plan will be for you to enjoy our fantastic wines at on-board wine receptions, private parties, wine tastings, and a winemaker dinner.  Additionally, during the cruise, we will be offering to host special scheduled guided tastings featuring only the wines of Hartford Court, and we will do the same with La Crema.
 
Don Hartford, Hartford Family Winery president and co-owner, will lead a seated guided tasting of seven Hartford Court Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs – including the 97 point Arrendell Vineyard, Russsian River Valley, Pinot Noir; 96 Point Fog Dance, Green Valley of the Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir; 96 Point Velvet Sisters Vineyard Anderson Valley, Pinot Noir; and 95 Point Seascape Vineyard, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir; among others.
 
Jennifer and Hailey, two of the La Crema Winery owners, will conduct a seated guided tasting of five La Crema Wines.  Each La Crema Wine will showcase a distinct wine region, including the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Carneros, Anderson Valley and Arroyo Seco viticulture areas in California and the Willamette Valley viticulture area in Oregon. The tasting will consider key characteristics of each of the five wines tasted in the context of its region of origin and against the back drop of a spectacular photo montage of La Crema Vineyards.
 
In addition, for a limited number of guests we have organized a separate blind tasting of Hartford Court wines alongside wines from other highly respected Pinot Noir wine grape growing regions of the world, such as Burgundy, California, Oregon and New Zealand.  It will be a blast to taste and discuss these wines and their vineyards.
 
We believe that our journey may truly be a once in a lifetime experience, and hope to see you on-board next summer.
 
Cheers,
Don Hartford
for Hartford Family Winery
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Jennifer Hartford
Hailey Jackson Hartford Murray
for La Crema Family Winery

HIGHLIGHTS

Wine Program Highlights
  • Cruise hosted by Sonoma Magazine's CEO, Steve Falk
  • Onboard wine education program featuring the wines of Hartford Court and La Crema
  • Personally escorted by Don Hartford, Jennifer Hartford, Hailey Jackson Hartford Murray
  • Private events including a Welcome Reception, wine tastings, and winemakers’ dinner
  • Blind Tasting seminar
  • Exclusive optional 2-night pre-cruise package in Barcelona with full day tour to Penedés wine appellation
  • Access to private wine and food-focused shore tours in Palma de Mallorca and the wine regions of Chateauneuf du Pape and Tuscany including visit to 100-point rated winery Tenuta dell’Ornellaia
  • Free pre-paid gratuities and $150 shipboard credit for early bookers
 
 
Cruise Highlights:
  • 10-Day Mediterranean cruise on luxurious ship, Riviera
  • Finest cuisine at sea, served in a variety of open-seating restaurants, all at no charge
  • Gourmet cuisine curated by world-renowned Master Chef Jacques Pépin
  • Epicurean enrichment programs, including immersive Culinary Discovery Tours 
  • Specialty restaurants including Red Ginger, Toscana, Jacques, Polo Grill and only Wine Spectator sponsored restaurant at sea, La Reserve
  • Free Internet package PLUS your choice of 8 FREE shore excursions, FREE beverage package or $800 per person shipboard credit with OLife Choice 

INCLUDES

  • Shipboard accommodations
  • Roundtrip air to Europe
  • Ocean transportation
  • All meals & entertainment on ship
  • FREE unlimited soft drinks, cappuccino, espresso, and teas
  • Onboard Wine Education Program

DOESN'T INCLUDE

  • Airport transfers
  • Optional shore tours
  • All items of a personal nature

REVIEWS

Past Sonoma Magazine wine cruiser:

"Oceania and Sonoma Magazine Wine Cruise were amazing--quality of service, accommodations, wine tour experiences, wine tasting, and opening reception. Also the wine dinner at Jacques was a wonderful culinary and wine experience--we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. We absolutely loved the entire cruise and meeting new 'wine friends.' Thanks for arranging amazing vacations and memories!"  L. Campbell (Phoenix, AZ)

AWARDS and RATINGS


98 Pts.
2014 Hartford Family
Zinfandel
Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard 


 



93 Pts.
2014 Hartford Family
Zinfandel
Russian River
Valley Old Vine


92 Pts.
2013 La Crema 
Pinot Noir
Green Valley