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River Cruise Line Features 21 Wine-Themed Cruises on the Danube, Douro, Mosel, Rhine, Rhone & Seine Rivers
CHATSWORTH, Calif., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AmaWaterways proudly announces an impressive roster of wine hosts for its 2013 "In Celebration on Wine" theme cruises. The award-winning river cruise line will host 21 wine-themed itineraries through Europe's world-renowned wine regions this year, each hosted by a different wine expert from the U.S. or Europe.
"AmaWaterways' wine cruises are extremely popular and we are absolutely thrilled with this year's line up of hosts," said Kristin Karst, AmaWaterways' executive vice president and co-owner. "Many of our guests return again and again to Europe's top wine regions aboard these cruises. They love the hosts' insightful and entertaining onboard wine lectures, and enjoy seeing Europe's beautiful scenery and visiting centuries-old wine villages and vineyards."
The 2013 season features new excursions on Portugal's Douro River and France's Seine River, in addition to the company's other unforgettable itineraries along the Danube, Mosel, Rhine and Rhone Rivers.
AmaWaterways' 2013 wine hosts for the "In Celebration of Wine" itineraries and dates are as follows:
March 29: Legendary Wine & Regions of the Rhone James Cluer, MW of Fine Vintages, Ltd. Cluer took his first Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) course at age 18, became a Master of Wine (MW) several years later, and has been working in the wine industry since 1988.
April 5: Paris & the Sparkling Seine Jim ClendenenofAu Bon Climat Wineryin Santa Barbara, CA.Food & Wine magazine named Clendenen "Winemaker of the Year" in 2001; Germany's leading wine magazine, Wein Gourmet, named him "Winemaker of the World" in 2004; and in 2007, he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's "Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America."
April 12 & November 1: Paris & the Sparkling Seine Preston Mohr, an American wine expert now based in Paris, holds an Advanced Certificate from the WSET and is currently studying for his Diploma, to be completed in June 2013. One of his specialties is French Champagne.
April 13: Great Capitals & Vintages of the Danube Gary and Marcy Eberle ofEberle Wineryin Paso Robles, CA. More than 33 years after the release of its first vintage, this award-winning winery remains one of the most highly regarded winemakers in the United States.
October 31: Castles & Wineries of Germany Len and Marisa CrispinoofForeign Affairs Winery. After living as ex-pats in Italy in the early 1990s, Len and Marisa returned to Ontario and planted their first vines. Inspired by the Italian wine-making process, they use a unique grape drying process known as appassimento (or the Reductio method).
November 7: Vineyards of the Rhine & Mosel Carissa ChappelletofChappellet Wineryin Napa, an estate known for its Bordeaux varietals and particularly its Cabernet Sauvignon. Chappellet and her brothers inherited the winery from their parents, founders Don and Molly Chappellet. She will co-host with Archie McLaren, founder and chairman of the Central Coast Wine Classic.
November 8: Paris & the Sparkling Seine Jean-Marc & Kristi EspinasseofDomaine Rouge-Bleu. Rouge-Bleu has been awarded many gold medals in France and its wines have been ranked 90+ points more than four times in Wine Spectator.
November 11: Great Capitals & Vintages of the Danube Stephanie and Michael HonigofHonig Vineyard & Winery in Napa, known for its Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Stephanie has a WSET Higher Certificate and Diploma and has many years of experience in the industry. Michael is often referred to as "the James Brown of the wine industry" and is a leader in sustainable farming.
November 15: Culture & Wine Legacy of the Rhine Holly Howellis a columnist for the Democrat & Chronicle in Rochester, New York and a well-respected authority on the wines of the Finger Lakes region, particularly Rieslings. She also teaches food and wine classes and makes her own wine.
November 16: Great Capitals & Vintages of the Danube Barry Wiss, Certified Wine Educator, VP of Communications & Trade Relations for Trinchero Family Estates, a winery established in 1947. The Trinchero family estates represent more than 27 brands in the US and Australia, including Sutter Home, Menage a Trois, and Napa Cellars.
About AmaWaterways Founded in 2002 by river cruise pioneers Rudi Schreiner, Kristin Karst and Jimmy Murphy, AmaWaterways is the premier river cruise line on Europe's Danube, Douro, Main, Mosel, Seine, Rhine and Rhone rivers. Known for its custom-designed ships, extensive complimentary amenities and impeccable service, family-owned and -operated AmaWaterways consistently leads the way in river cruising. With itineraries in Europe, Russia, Africa, and S.E. Asia, AmaWaterways offers an enticing variety of authentic, in-depth experiences for the most discriminating travelers.