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SeaDream uncorks eight wine voyages for 2015

SeaDream uncorks eight wine voyages for 2015
After successfully debuting wine voyages in 2014, SeaDream Yacht Club added eight dates in 2015 that showcase Mediterranean ports. Each dedicated five- to nine-day wine sailing features tastings from wineries in the regions visited, a Wine Master Class Tasting led by an internationally recognized expert and one tasting held by a top winemaker.

At an exclusive Winemaker’s Dinner on board, the chef will craft a special menu to match the wine of the winemaker joining for the evening.

Together with SeaDream’s wine director Erica Landin, additional casual tastings are organized throughout sailings to highlight local producers or favorite wines from the SeaDream cellar.

One of the 2015 wine voyages, Aug. 8 to 15 from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Dubrovnik on SeaDream I, will feature meals paired with the great wines of Chianti and other regions. Wine writer Anthony Rose of the British daily newspaper The Independent and Decanter Magazine will be on board to lead a tasting tour of the Italian greats including super Tuscans as well as mini-tastings of wines from Sicily, Puglia and Manduria.

Wine land adventures include a visit to Cantina Benanti with owner Antonio Benanti in Sicily and an intimate tour of Cantine Marisa Cuomo with Marisa Cuomo in Positano, Italy.

The Oct. 23 to Nov. 1 cruise from Civitavecchia Málaga will be hosted by Guy de Rivoire, international export director of the Bollinger Champagne house in Monaco. He will guide a tasting from rosé to vintage wines followed by a Winemaker’s Dinner. On the same voyage, the head winemaker and/or one of the Martínez Bujanda family, owners of the Finca Valpiedra Winery, will present a special tasting menu on board.

Wine land adventures on this voyage include a visit to the 1,500-acre private estate of Château de Berne, Sanary-sur-Mer, the Cavas Recaredo winery in Sant Sardurní d’Anoia, hosted by the winery founder’s grandson, Ton Mata, while the ship is docked at Barcelona, and the Simon Coll Chocolate Factory.

Other wine voyages include the May 1 sailing from Málaga to Monte Carlo, the May 9 and May 16 round-trip Monte Carlo cruises, the Aug. 29 Dubrovnik to Venice sailing, the Sept. 12 Dubrovnik to Civitavecchia sailing and the Sept. 26 round-trip Civitavecchia cruise.