The second "Pinot Lovers' Cruise"
is scheduled for May 31 - June 12, 2009, and combines the wines of August West
with Freeman Vineyard & Winery.
The 12-day trip on Oceania Cruises' Insignia
makes stops in 12 cities, starting in Rome and ending in Istanbul. Oceania only carries 650 passengers and is known for its relaxed, no-tie policy, and gourmet cuisine, overseen by Executive Chef Jacques Pepin. The cruise includes a private winemakers' dinner, wine tastings and discussions, tours of top Italian wine-estates and plenty of Pinot parties.
Freeman has been named as one of the Magnificent 30 "Hottest Pinots" by the Wine Spectator,
while the San Francisco Chronicle
recognized August West as one of its top 10 wineries of 2005. Both wineries have received multiple 90+ scores from Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast
and the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine.
Cruise prices range from $3,649 - $7,049
per person double, including free airfare from 20 major U.S. airports. Book by September 1 and receive prepaid gratuities, worth up to $300 per cabin.