Scott had a wonderful opportunity to be a speaker on the Oceania Marina , a new 1250 passenger ship, with ZAP—a zinfandel organization based in CA. We cruised the Mediterranean and visited five countries—Italy, Monaco, Greece, Montenegro, and Croatia in 10 days. The best part is you can unpack and your hotel travels through the night. You wake up in a totally different environment—language, culture, even weather. This was Scott’s first cruise and one in the Mediterranean will be hard to beat.
Not only was the enjoyment of good food and wine a priority, but education was a major factor. Seminars on the merits of Zinfandel were given by not only Scott Harvey of Scott Harvey Wines, but Bill Grant from Four Vines and Janell Dusi from J Dusi Vineyards—both from Paso Robles. It was a nice intimate group of 36.
The ship was ideal to showcase our wines with four different specialty cuisine restaurants in addition to the main dining room. There was Red Ginger (Asian), Toscana (Italian), Polo (Steak & Seafood) and the wonderful french Jacques named for Jacques Pepin where we had our group winemaker dinner. The food was excellent under the guidance of Executive Chef, Kathryn Kelly who is a graduate of the C.I.A.
The cabins were spacious with a veranda so no claustrophobia. Our bathroom even had a bathtub!
With so many sights to see (and of course, the seminars) I only wished I had the time to take advantage of the hands on cooking classes. I did manage to take a couple of photography classes by the enthusiastic David Smith who was truly inspirational and I saw my pictures get more interesting as the trip ensued.