SPARKLING FRENCH POLYNESIA
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Monday, January 21, 2019 to Thursday, January 31, 2019
Monday, January 21st - Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia (Depart 5 AM)
Our exciting Polynesian cruise begins with arrival to Fa’aa Airport in Papeete, Tahiti. Arriving early morning the flight on Air Tahiti Nui or other mainline charter is, more-or-less, 7.5 hours from Los Angeles, California. Upon Customs and Immigration clearance, guests will be transferred to the ship docked in downtown Papeete. Passengers will be at leisure most of the day and this will give all the opportunity to settle in and begin to unwind. That evening onboard, all of the Lachini’s guests are invited to a welcome get-together where 2016 Lachini Vineyards Sparkling Rose’ and an authentic Champagne from France will be poured to help all get in the mood! This Rose’ sparkler is fresh and crisp, crafted entirely from the estate’s vineyard.
Tuesday, January 22nd - Moorea, French Polynesia (Arrive 8 AM, Depart 6 PM)
We tender to the magnificent mountain isle of Moorea. Lush mountains, tranquil scenery, incredible pearl shopping, and numerous other activities. Stop for a typical island lunch at the famous “Snack Mahana” . . . tuna so fresh, it’s still moving! Don’t miss the famous Belevedere lookout vista point. A view like none other!
Wednesday, January 23rd - Cruising the South Pacific
At Sea! Marina will be sailing the deep blue waters of the South Pacific, on our way to our next fabulous island. First, after lunch join the group for a patio “come as you are” get-together to relax, enjoy the sea view, and quaff some of Lachini’s great summer wines! The Rose’ is a 92 rated picnic wine crisp and clean; the Pinot Gris, a grape that thrives in Oregon; the Chardonnay, always an estate favorite! All, complimented by a series of delightful canapes that will be passed to include items such as lobster and Ahi tuna, duck a l’orange, prosciutto and fois gras rolls, etc.
This evening, all our guests are invited to a sumptuous Paired Wine Dinner hosted by the Ron & Marianne. Chef has prepared five (5) courses to showcase.
The wines to be presented are:
2015 Lachini Vineyards Estate Chardonnay, Chehalem Mountains. A blend of various Dijon clones, a pure varietal expression, 94 Points Wine Enthusiast (WE).
2014 Lachini Pinot Noir, La Cruz Vineyard, Sonoma Coast. The winery went South to Sonoma County, California, and the Petaluma Gap to produce a pinot, ripe and voluptuous.
2015 Lachini Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir, Cuvee' Giselle, Oregon. A vibrant bouquet, cherries, plums on the pallet ad silky texture, 92 Points WE.
2014 Lachini Vineyards Cabernet Savignon, La Bestia, Red Mountain, Washington. Complex with small percentages of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, 92 Points Wine Spectator (WS).
Depending on the Chef's desert selection, either a Port of Pinot Noir or a Muscat Canelli ice wine (94 Points WE), or both, will conclude this gourmet evening.
Thursday, January 24th - Fakarava, French Polynesia (Arrive 8 AM, Depart 6 PM)
We enter the lagoon of Fakarava one of the multitude of atolls in the Tuamotu group of ancient sunken volcanos. Quaint villages, old coral churches and welcoming people are intertwined, creating a lagoon paradise. Maybe, all you may want to do is relax on a sun-drenched, palm-shaded beach!
Friday, January 25th - Rangiroa, French Polynesia (Arrive 8 AM, Depart 5 PM)
Entering the lagoon of the atoll of Rangiroa, also in the Tuamotu group, we sail through Tiputa Pass and anchor in the huge lagoon of this sunken volcanic isle. Rangiroa is all about nature . . . swimming, snorkeling, diving (some of the best in the world) and, if your heart desires, a lazy day on a pure pink sand beach. The lagoon is like a natural aquarium teaming with fish and corals in colors that will boggle the mind.
Saturday, January 26th - Bora Bora, French Polynesia (Arrive 10 AM -Overnight)
Dramatic Mt. Otemanu stands watch over the sparkling waters of the lagoon of Bora Bora. More shades of blue than the mind can comprehend. Many outdoor activities including swimming with huge manta rays and friendly string rays, and visits to the surrounding motus (lagoon islets) that encircle the main island.
This evening Ron & Marianne invite all their guests to a very unique wine tasting. They will open ten (10) years of their Estate Pinot Noir and ten (10) years Cuvee Giselle Pinot Noir for a vertical tasting that has not been done before! This will give all guests the opportunity to compare one year to the next, as well as one bottling to the next. This will help explain why weather, location, and terroir can and does make a difference year-to-year, vineyard-to-vineyard. What great fun! Take notes and let’s discuss!
Sunday, January 27th - Bora Bora, French Polynesia (Depart 11 PM)
A second day in Bali Hi. We are the lucky cruisers that get to spend more than one day in Bora Bora! The same activities as yesterday are available including circumnavigating the main island on jets skis through the bluest waters in the world, a jeep tour around the island to see some of the magnificent hotels that attract people from all over the globe. Don’t forget to shop for Bora Bora black pearls! And, because the ship departs late (11:00pm) from Bora Bora, may we suggest that you partake of dinner and/or mai tai’s at the iconic Bloody Mary’s, one of the world’s most famous watering holes.
Monday, January 28th - Raiatea, French Polynesia (Arrive 8 AM - Overnight)
We dock in Raiatea and immediately the rich scent of vanilla wafts through the air. Raiatea in known as the “Vanilla Isle” and Tahitian vanilla is famous the world over for its fantastic flavors in cooking and baking. Also, there are several vanilla farms that may be visited. Along the route, stop to see the ancient Polynesian religious ruins dotting the landscape. Raiatea was once the religious center of the Society Islands.
This evening, our first in Raiatea, the Lachini’s once again invite all their guests to another exciting wine tasting. Following the previous vertical Pinot tasting format, guests will be offered three (3) vintages from Washington’s Red Mountain AVA. La Bestia Cabernet Sauvignon (the great wine we enjoyed during the Wine Dinner) and the same three (3) years of the La Contrada Red Wine, also, from the Red Mountain area of Washington State. This blend is principally Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a pinch of Petit Verdot blended in. Again, this unique opportunity of comparing vintages and blends will give the guests a better understanding of what great wines are coming today from the fruit of Washington State and the cellars of Lachini Vineyards.
Tuesday, January 29th - Raiatea, French Polynesia (Depart 7 PM)
A second day to explore the island of Raiatea. Also, a good day for checking out the numerous shops lining the avenue where Marina docks. Pearls galore! Don’t forget to stop by a vanilla farm and at least smell the product. In addition, very close by, and part of the same lagoon as Raiatea, is the remote garden isle of Tahaa. Many day boat trips leave from the local marina to spend the day exploring the coral gardens of Tahaa. The corals of this island are some of the most beautiful in the world and must be seen to be appreciated. There are real pearl farms on both islands.
Wednesday, January 30th - Huahine, French Polynesia (Arrive 8 AM, Depart 5 PM)
The Marina anchors in a deep bay that separates the two parts of the lush island of Huahine. Many beautiful vistas can be had from various lookouts on the island, and once again, the color of the water will baffle the mind. Take a boat to visit hanging oyster beds, go on a shark feeding expedition or just relax on a tranquil beach. There are several wonderful beach front lunch locations that may be visited and welcome cruisers. Exotic flavors, fresh fish and unique preparations can be had (this photo is the real deal). Enjoy this day and make it last because tomorrow all of this comes to an end.
Thursday, January 31st - Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia (Disembark 8 AM)
Our Society Island adventure comes to a close. As many flights to the mainland leave late in the evening, Marina usually offers a way for travelers to store their luggage and enjoy many of the sights and shopping opportunities the city of Papeete and the island of Tahiti offers. There are botanical gardens, fern grotto's, various blowholes, and waterfalls. As your flight lifts off from Fa’aa Airport, Ron and Marinne are certain you will never forget this voyage, the great wines, culinary delights, and hospitality you enjoyed. We are quite sure that you will certainly want to stop this way again. There are few places on earth quite like these Pearls of the Pacific Ocean, French Polynesia.