Food & Wine Trails Hosts Wine Cruise to Australia

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Food & Wine Trails, a Sonoma County California wine tour company, has announced a 2012 wine cruise designed to settle the differences between Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon wine drinkers.

A showdown between these two varietals is planned on a 16-day cruise hosted by Joel Peterson, founder of Ravenswood Winery and Gustavo Gonzales, the winemaker for Robert Mondavi Winery. The cruise is on Oceania Cruises’ Regatta, a 650-passenger cruise ship that will depart Feb. 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia. On the way, a series of private tastings of each varietal and two winemaker dinners are planned, in addition to the opportunity to visit top wine estates in various ports of call.

Cabernet and Zinfandel are two of California’s most sought-after red wines, yet they are widely believed to attract opposite kinds of customers. This is why they are considered the “Yin and Yang” red-wine varietals of the wine world.

On the cruise, participants will be able to sip and compare the best of California’s “Yin and Yang” wines, while enjoying fantastic New Zealand and Australia scenery. The program cost includes airfare from 20 U.S. cities, plus a series of onboard private parties, wine tastings and winery dinners. In addition, because the region produces its own world-class wines, optional shore tours are offered to top wine estates.

Pricing starts at $5,349 pp. Early bookings receive free pre-paid gratuities valued at $432-$592 per cabin. For more information, call (800) 367-5348 or visit foodandwinetrails.com.