Hints of Salt on the High Seas: 6 Cruises For Your Vino Vice

 


Yesterday online magazine Paste tempted the travel bug of wine lovers by publishing a list of six cruises best-suited for oenophiles. 
 
“Nothing beats a spine-tingling European sunset over the ocean, right? Pair a bottle for the finest wine you’ve ever tasted, and we’d call that a first-rate way to spend a vacation,” contributor Gabbi Markle wrote. 
 
The list began with a river cruise which floats along two of Europe’s most famous rivers: the Rhine and Mosel, both of which cut through well-known wine regions. The cruise, operated by Grand Circle Cruise Line, passes through Mosel’s Bernkastel, where cruisers can “enjoy various excursions to (the town’s) finest winery.”
 
Farther down the list Markle highlighted a SeaDream Yacht Club cruise from Dubrovnik, Croatia, to Venice, where cruisers can enjoy oysters and wine in the Croatian coastal region of  Peljesac, arguably the country’s most formidable wine-growing area and part of a group of Eastern European winemakers slowly emerging in the international scene. 
 
Markle then recommended a Celebrity Cruises Seattle-to-Alaska trip which includes a welcoming wine reception. 
 
“During the week, you’ll be privy to two one-hour wine tasting seminars, a four-course wine pairing luncheon and personal seminars with Wilhelm Family Vineyard’s (Az.) Karyl and Kevin Wilhelm.”
 
A recommendation for a September cruise with Oceania Cruises from Amsterdam to Barcelona was next on the list. 
“This Oceania cruise introduces you to a new culture of vineyards … Cruise along the Mediterranean Sea and visit … villages in France, Spain, Portugal and the United Kingdom – all while sipping on some of the finest wines Europe can offer.”
 
The cruise’s ports of call offer the oenophile and interesting mix of storied greatness and recent recognition: you’ll hop off in the indomitable Bordeaux as well as the port-heavy newcomer of Oporto, Portugal. 
 
Markle concluded her list with another Oceania Cruise, which takes oenophiles from Rome to Greece and Egypt before returning to the Italian capital. 
 
According to the Paste story, vino lovers will get their fill at one of the itinerary’s special evening meals.
 
“The trip includes a decadent winemaker’s dinner featuring vintage magnums and large format bottles in a specialty restaurant on board,” Markle wrote. 
 
The list also included a second trip to Mosel, where Avalon Waterways cruisers get tours of cellars in the famed Riesling region. 
 

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