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May 26, 2009updated Feb 07, 2013

The World Offers West Coast Culinary Excursions

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

The World, the first and only private residential community at sea, is launching a series of culinary excursions from May 31 – June 13 as the ship traverses the coast of California and visits Seattle . Beginning in San Diego , The World will then dock in Los Angeles , Monterey and San Francisco . Participants can enjoy tasting regionally produced wines, al fresco dining, private tours and more at each port. Culinary excursions include:

· Thornton Winery with Chris Botti Concert, May 31, San Diego: Producing premium varietal Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and sparkling wines, this award-winning winery is also known for its series of Champagne Jazz Concerts. Participants will enjoy the rich sounds of jazz trumpeter and composer, Chris Botti while indulging in a three-course gourmet meal under the stars. Rates begin at $310 per person.

· Carmel Valley Wine Tasting, June 8, Monterey: This excursion includes two of Carmel Valley’s finest wineries. The day will begin at Château Julien Wine Estate, where Residents and Guests will receive a private tour and tasting. Participants will end their excursion at Ventana Vineyards Monterey tasting room with a wine and culinary sampling of artisan cheeses, charcuterie and fresh fruit on Ventana’s terrace. Rates begin at $140 per person.

·A Taste of San Francisco, June 11,San Francisco: One of the nation’s favorite “foodie”destinations, San Francisco offers an abundance of restaurants and local markets, including the recently opened Ferry Building Marketplace. Lisa Rogovin, Ferry Building Marketplace’s Epicurean Concierge, will lead a culinary walking tour of the marketplace that is sure satiate every palette with stops for fresh oysters, artisanal cheeses, olive oil, pastries and gourmet chocolates. Rates begin at $110 per person.

·Racecar Driving and Winemaking Dinner, June 11, San Francisco : TRG and Adobe Road Winery invite passengers for an unforgettable Sonoma county experience. The excursion includes driving a TRG Porsche Race Car, Open Wheel Formula Russell Car, coaching sessions with racing fundamentals, right seat rides with a professional driver at full speed and a four-star meal and barrel sampling at Adobe Road Winery’s tasting room. Rates being at $xx per person.

· Grgich Hills Winery Exclusive Luncheon, June 12, San Francisco : This exclusive excursion offers participants the opportunity to relive Napa Valley history. Croatian famed winemaker, Mike Grgich, began winemaking in Napa Valley in 1958, establishing his own winery in 1977. After a private tour with Ivo Jeramaz, Mike Grgich’s nephew and Winemaker, Residents and Guests will enjoy an al fresco lunch accompanied by a selection of Grgich wines. Rates begin at $210 per person.

· Napa Valley Wineries Overnight: Residents and Guests can opt to trade their sea-faring suites for a night in the heart of wine country at The Carneros Inn. Surrounded by lush farmland, grape vines and apple orchards, the cottage-style accommodations boast fireplaces, al fresco showers and a spa menu inspired by local ingredients. Rates begin at $1,490 per person. Overnight excursions include:

San Francisco to Napa, June 11 – 12: From the pier, participants will travel to Kelham Winery on Zinfandel Lane in Oakville , where al fresco lunch will be accompanied by a selection of estate wines. Lunch will be followed by a visit to Gargiulo Vineyards, where Residents and Guests will tour the winery and its impressive guitar collection. An evening swim, spa treatments, fine cuisine and relaxation awaits at The Carneros Inn.

Napa to San Francisco , June 12 – 13: After a leisurely breakfast at The Carneros Inn, participants will visit Lamborn Family Vineyards, high atop Howell Mountain– a distinct environment known for its production of Zinfandels and Cabernets. After a private tour, tasting and lunch, participants will visit nearby Viader Vineyards to taste the winery’s acclaimed first-growth reds. Before returning to the ship, the group will tour Hall Rutherford, a mountain vineyard celebrated for its hand-built Austrian brick caves.

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·Flight of Fancy Wine Tasting, June 22, Seattle : Situated at nearly the same latitude as France’s Bordeaux region, passengers will visit two Puget Sounds Appellation wineries. The first stop will be Château Ste. Michelle Winery, Washington’s oldest, for a private tour, blending and tasting. From there, Residents and Guests will proceed to Betz Family Winery for a private tour and tasting with Bob Betz, one of 270 people to be awarded a Master of Wine degree by the Institute of Masters of Wine in London. Rates begin at $90 per person.

While Residents and Guests are invited to immerse themselves in the culinary and cultural offerings at each port, The World will also welcome a guest chef onboard during the month of May. Marc Mondavi, of Charles Krug Winery, California’s oldest winery, will be on the ship May 26-31 to lecture on the subject of his family’s winery.

Culinary outings are exclusive of accommodations onboard The World, which begin at $1600 per night based on double occupancy in a verandah studio. A minimum of six nights is required and includes dining, select beverages, gratuities and port charges. The culinary voyages and guest chefs are the perfect compliment to The World’s many onboard amenities, including a gourmet market and delicatessen stocked with local produce in every port of call and four major restaurants, a theater for movies and lectures; the first Banyan Tree Spa at sea; two swimming pools, a full-size tennis court, a golf simulator and a marina.

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