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Fine Wine, Epicurean Adventures, And Living the High Life Of The Cote Azure With SeaDream Yachts

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By Glenn Harris Oct. 21st, 2019

Fine Wine, Epicurean Adventures, And Living the High Life Of The Cote Azure With SeaDream Yachts

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A group of well-heeled passengers walk past rows of sparkling mega yachts onto the cobblestone streets of St. Tropez. They are led by their guide, in his crisp white chef’s jacket, to the village’s daily market while along the way he points out the market’s abundance of  fish, clams, and oysters, all of which were caught just hours earlier. The tour reaches its destination at a wine cellar door in the middle of the market. There awaits a long table and wine barrels covered with the bounty of the region and trays filled with oysters, prawn and escargot as well as artisan cheeses, crudité, spiced olives and fresh bread. Our host is the wine cellar door’s proprietor who immerges to present the star of the tour, endless bottles French rose to be enjoyed under the glowing sun of the Cote d’Azur. Without exception, these shipmates can only define this moment as living the good life. This experience is one of many that guest will cherish for a lifetime while on their cruise from Barcelona to Nice on SeaDream Yacht’s Mediterranean Sea Wine Voyage.

Fine Wine, Epicurean Adventures, And Living the High Life Of The Cote Azure With SeaDream Yachts

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SeaDream is not an ordinary cruise ship, in fact it self-defines as a yacht and with good reason. This is a refined style of cruising on an elegant and stylish, 56-stateroom vessel. Each cruise features unique itineraries with immersive excursions and all-inclusive fine dining. These are small ships that can only accommodate 112 passengers with a ratio of staff to guests of almost 1 to 1 so expect personalized and attentive service from the day you arrive until departure. Staff instantly knows you by name, remembers if you prefer tea or coffee or the last cocktail you ordered. The staff is truly top notch and tuned-in.    

Fine Wine, Epicurean Adventures, And Living the High Life Of The Cote Azure With SeaDream Yachts


As these are small ships, they cater to various types of passengers. Groups of friends or large families will book out a section of the ship and for a reunion or celebration while romantic couples, and often solo travelers seem to favor these types of experiences and the intimacy of the cruise. Many will choose an itinerary as it relates to a specific passion such as the 7 day Wine Voyage.

Fine Wine, Epicurean Adventures, And Living the High Life Of The Cote Azure With SeaDream Yachts

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The Wine Explorers Cruise caters to the oenophile with numerous opportunities to sip, swirl and swallow the fine wines of the region. Wine producers join the ship throughout the cruise to host wine tasting experiences where guests, from the novice to the connoisseur, grow in their knowledge about the wines of the region as well as about the winemakers and their estates. Cruises include a wine immersion experience from producers such as Mas Doix which is a small family-run winery in the Priorat region, famous for its full-bodied, yet elegant and mineralistic reds. The wines come from their 100-year-old vineyards with vines tended to by hand and grapes selected and picked, berry by berry. The owner and winemaker of Mas Doix is Valenti Llagostera who joined the cruise for a few days to meet with guests and to talk about his wines. It’s a chance to get up close and personal with the people who make the wines that we love and to learn about them, their wineries and to grow in the depth of wine exploration.  The winery owner will then host a wine maker’s dinner which is a sophisticated gourmet degustation meal designed to be paired with the wines of the estate. After enjoying the wines in this setting, guests can order a case of two for their cellar back home or look for the label while out at their next fine dining restaurant, knowing the winery and that they met the producer himself. It is truly a wonderful evening at the height of epicurean pleasure and a highlight of the cruise experience.

Fine Wine, Epicurean Adventures, And Living the High Life Of The Cote Azure With SeaDream Yachts

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Beyond the tasting on board, this is after all France and Spain and the home of many of the finest old world wines. These lands along the Mediterranean are prime growing areas and offer a chance to visit the vineyards and wineries in person with SeaDream’s Wine Land Adventures. Château Valmy is a charming winery and vineyard at the foot of the Albera Massif mountains overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and just a short drive from the ship’s port of Collioure. Wine lovers on board took the short trip to visit the winery where they were met by the effervescent owner, Martine Carbonnell.  

Fine Wine, Epicurean Adventures, And Living the High Life Of The Cote Azure With SeaDream Yachts


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