California Heartland
California HeartlandHomeThis SeasonTV ScheduleHostsShopFeedbackArchiveCalifornia Heartland
California Heartland
California Heartland

 


Season 8 | Season 7 | Season 6 | Season 5 | Season 4 | Season 3 | Season 2 (More archive seasons coming soon)

  Season 8 - Episode 809
 

Wine Cruise

Wine Cruise

Wine Cruise

Wine Cruise

Wine Cruise

  Wine Cruise

Every once in a while you come across an experience that blends a couple of your favorite things in a unique way. Some folks love cruising, others love wine tasting. But believe it or not, there's a way to do both on the rivers of the Napa/Sonoma wine region and San Francisco Bay. Michael Murphy is captain of the Spirit of Endeavor.

"You get to see things from a unique vantage. You get to see San Francisco from the water, Alcatraz from the water, just seeing anyplace from the water is unique, explained Michael.

It's one of a small fleet of small ships operated by Cruise West out of Seattle. The company's perhaps best known for its Alaska cruises, other sailings take passengers to places like Baja California, Central America and British Columbia.

But each fall, the Spirit of Endeavor offers three and four day trips right here literally alongside some of Northern California's best vineyards. Wineries like Saint Supery, Schramsberg, home of some excellent champagnes, and Markham Winery in Saint Helena. The Cruise passengers not only got a private tasting of some of their outstanding Merlots, Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs, they were also treated to a gourmet lunch in the restored 125-year old wine cellar.

Speaking of gourmet experiences, let's talk about the food. The ambience onboard the Spirit of Endeavor may be much more casual than the big ships, but the cuisine is definitely four-star. Unlike many big ships, the focus is on the destinations and the shore excursions rather than the vessel itself. You may start in San Francisco, and then cruise to Napa and Sonoma. Each morning brings a different destination. One of the ports of call on this splendid little ship is the charming town of Sausalito just north of San Francisco where passengers made their way to the high-end wine shop called Bacchus and Venus to check out some lesser-known wines. This and all your wine experiences are included in your cruise price.

If you're like to learn more about a "wine cruise" check cruise west website at http://www.cruisewest.com.

 

 

 

 
   

 

California Heartland® is made possible by:
The James G. Boswell Foundation      Bank of America     California Farm Bureau Federation       California Almond Board      CA Milk Advisory Board

A production of KVIE Public Television, Sacramento, CA. ©2011 KVIE, Inc. All rights reserved.