This 8 day epicurean cruise on the Columbia River will feature the rich history and delicious flavors unique to this region. When it comes to the art of wine, Washington State knows its “terroir”—the combination of soil, climate, and geography that makes wine distinct.
You will be welcomed aboard in Portland, Oregon with a taste of Willamette Valley’s signature flavors: a Pinot Noir or Pinot Gris. To get a feel for the culture and industry of this area, we will visit the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center with a focus on Native foods and the agricultural history of the Columbia River Basin. A jet boat tour to the Hanford Reach National Monument will evoke memories of WWII and the Cold War era.
You will be treated to tours and wine tastings at two of Washington State’s AVA’s (American Viticulture Areas, also known as appellations) while exploring four of the Columbia Valley’s finest wineries: Coyote Canyon, Terra Blanca, Three Rivers, and Beresan. The Fruit Company, where orchards have been handpicked for 65 years, will take you by tractor into the field for fresh picked fruit. Before returning to Portland, we’ll visit the Seafood Consumer Center in Astoria. While we are here, those of you who enjoy the culinary arts will help our chef prepare lunch, fusing the freshest seafood with the unique local flavors of Oregon’s fresh fruits, vegetables, and cheeses, creating a delicious, enjoyable meal for all of us. Join us and see for yourself why Washington State is ranked among the top wine regions of the world. Its vineyards largely focus on Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah; however they also produce a wide range of other spectacular whites and reds.