By the time Windstar Cruises’ all-suite Star Legend disembarked in Lisbon, Portugal, the numbers had stacked up: eight ports, two sea days, 184 passengers and 1,456 opened bottles of wine.
Allow me to do the math — divided equally, that’s about 3/4 of a bottle of Europe’s finest varietals per cruiser, per day. Indulgent, perhaps, but this was no ordinary cruise. The third and final sailing of the 2016 James Beard Foundation (JBF) Culinary Collection, our itinerary from Dublin through several port cities in Spain, France and Portugal promised wine tastings, regional specialties and overall gastronomic excellence — and it delivered.
“We had done a wine cruise before, but we knew we needed to take our culinary experiences to the next level,” said Michael Sabourin, corporate executive chef for Windstar. “With an association such as JBF, we wanted to show how important food has become.”
This story originally ran in the 9/26/16 issue of TravelAge West. Photos are by Valerie Chen.