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Lake Lanier Islands Fall Wine Cruise Series

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Sunday’s Wine Cruise was a great success, and we want to thank everyone who signed up and came out! It was a perfectly splendid day for cruising about on the Lake! The weather was balmy, the breeze was light, and the crew was gracious. If you’ve never been on one of our wine cruises, you’re really missing out; this event is one of the gems of the South, and a fantastically unique way to spend a pleasant Sunday afternoon. Let’s get to some pictures, shall we?

What a beautiful day!

Our first wine was a Charmeroy Brut Rose, which was bubbly and sweet and selected for its lovely pairing with our first course. In addition to a nice cheese and fruit platter (which included honeydew, cantaloupe, pineapple, cranberries, and cheddar, smoked gouda, and borsin cheese with garlic and herbs), our first course offered chipotle and chocolate ganache tartlets. The spicy richness of the ganache really brought out the sweetness of the wine, and many if our guests eagerly looked for seconds and thirds of the little tartlets.

Our second wine was a floral, oaky white wine: Arroyo Secco Chardonnay from Monteray. There are only 600 cases in the world of this creamy, buttery white with a citrus finish. Served with the Chardonnay, our guests enjoyed a tasty dish dreamed up by Chef Kevin Allen which consisted of a seared sea scallop, served chilled with Meyer lemon foam and garnished with a crispy fried mint leaf. The mint leaves had to be carefully placed on each pillow of lemon foam or they would essentially disintegrate due to delicacy.

Next up was the Stolpman Golden Point, a dry white from California which was a big, toasty blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Roussanne with a brown spice finish. Our guests enjoyed a light, refreshing butternut squash and mango couscous with roasted poblano and a lime vinaigrette. During the whole tasting, Demetrius, the wine rep for Prime Line Spirits, came around to each table to discuss the wines being poured and to answer any questions.

For our fourth wine, we brought out the first red of the afternoon: a bold, jammy Crush Farms Zinfandel with a peppery finish. Our guests were wild about the walnut and maple sausage brioche “Monte Cristo” with a tomato maple jam! This sweet and spicy treat enhanced the spices and berries lingering in the Zinfandel, and brought them to the forefront of the palette.

Next we brought out a second Crush Farms red wine, this time a very smooth, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. With this kind of wine you want a rich, heavy meat, and our Chef delivered a beautiful tray of lamb lollipops with lavender and blood orange gastrique. The lamb was tender, its flavor enhanced and was enhanced by the Cab quite marvelously.

Finally, as the Island Princess headed home, we brought out one last wine, a Sofa King Bueno. This bold wine was a spicy, full-bodied, and exciting blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre, petit Syrah, and Grenache. If you’re wondering why the vintners decided to call their wine “Sofa King Bueno,” just take a sip, and say it really fast. The Bueno was served with grilled shrimp skewers, seasoned with smoked ginger and coriander. The interesting combination of flavors brought out by the red reminded us slightly of Mediterranean or Indian cuisine, and certainly this dish was the talk of the ship until we docked again.

And what wine tasting cruise would be complete without a nice dessert to finish? Chef Kevin Allen personally brought around a charming tray of assorted tiny cheesecakes and macaroons, including various chocolates, vanilla, lemon, raspberry, mocha, and fan favorite pistachio. As usual, each of the wines was available for purchase after the cruise.

As guests disembarked, full of happy memories and chatting with new friends, we asked a few of them to tell us what they thought. Gordon said, “It’s one of the best kept secrets. The ambience was exceptional.” Marie added, “I think it was very nice, I’d definitely do it again and invite more friends.”

Well, folks, we’ve got one  wine cruise left unless we decide to extend the series, and that’s on October 27th. You tell us in the comments below, would you like to see an extension of our popular wine cruise series into late fall and early winter?

 

Lake Lanier Islands Fall Wine Cruise Series

Monday, September 16th, 2013

If you haven’t had a chance to come out to one of our incredible wine cruises, you are missing an opportunity both unique and exciting. Fortunately for you, we have two more cruises lined up for October 6th and 20th!

Guests will interact with winemakers and other knowledgeable wine industry insiders for a cruise aboard the Island Princess complete with wine samples and creatively conceived appetizers that pair with each wine. Every wine cruise is different, but in the past, we’ve had gorgonzola-stuffed strawberries, caramelized onion Consommé Boules with lemon crème fraîche (tiny french onion soup loaf bowls for you non-French-speakers), and lamb lollipops with raspberry gastrique, and so much more!

Our wine cruises have become immensely popular – we’ve seen birthdays, congratulations for new jobs and promotions, engagements and anniversaries. Big groups and small groups, girlfriends and bros, young couples and elderly couples, business associates and family reunions, everyone has a great time on our cruises! Read about one of our June cruises here!

Here’s what some of our guests said about their experience on the Island Princess:

“The weather wasn’t the best, but the crew really took care of us, and the food was to die for!” – Sarah F.

“It was my birthday, so my sorority sisters took me on the wine cruise. I’m used to box wine [laughing], so of course the wines were amazing! I’m kidding! No really, I think it was my favorite birthday so far, everyone was so nice!” – Kara S.

“My wife insisted we come out and try it. Don’t tell her, but I had a lot of fun.” – Howard T.

The Island Princess will set sail at 2pm from Harbor Landing, and dock again at 5pm. This unique opportunity to cruise beautiful Lake Lanier with friends and associates is really going to make for a special and fun Sunday in October. Come see the leaves changing colors while you taste fabulous wines from all over the world!

For individuals, the entry is $50, and for a couple, $90. All guests can order the wines they sampled at the conclusion of each cruise. To sign up, please call our concierge at (770) 945-8787.

Have You Heard About Our Wine Cruises?

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Picture it: you’re on a yacht cruising around Lake Lanier with your best friends (or your significant other, or your parents, or yourself, you know whoever), and you’re at a elegantly set table on the top deck, with a light breeze in your hair. The sky is a beautiful cobalt blue and white fluffy clouds line up on the horizon. A waitress appears by your side holding a platter of Gorgonzola stuffed strawberries.

And then a waiter appears on your other side and pours you a fizzy glass of Lamarca – a Prosecco from Italy. Can life get better? Actually it can. Because on our wine cruises, you get to taste six wines – each paired with a gourmet specialty! In addition to fresh strawberries, our first course included grapes, blueberries, dates, assorted nuts, cheddar, smoked Gouda, Swiss, and Pepperjack cheeses.

After guests were nice and settled, our waiters and waitresses cleared plates and began the next course: Lamb Lollypops with a raspberry gastrique sauce. Really they should have just called it Lamb Pops with Awesome Sauce. Interestingly, the raspberry gastrique really pulled out the fruitiness of the traditionally earthy, peppery Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.

Our third course consisted of incredibly delicious smoked salmon mousse crostini, which paired very nicely with a buttery Chardonnay from William Hill in the Napa Valley.

A bit of an interesting side note here – we experienced a Lake Lanier Islands first when a small group of our guests were a bit late and watched the Island Princess pull away from the dock. Never fearing a small crisis, our Harbor Master acted quickly and masterminded a mid-lake rendezvous with the Princess that even Michael Bay would be impressed by! Our tardy guests were then seated and served and the cruise continued as smoothly as if they had been aboard the whole time. Wow!

Fourth up was a sweet and fruity Rose from Spain: Las Rocas, which was served with a rather intimidating but delectable dish of barbecued Langoustines. Guests were hesitant at first, because really, how in the world do you eat these things? But with some instruction from our crew it quickly became one of the favorites. The spicy skewers really enhanced the sweetness of the Rose!

For our fifth course, our wonderful Chef Melody personally glazed the caramelized onion Consommé Boules with lemon crème fraîche. Our blogger doesn’t know how to pronounce it, so it’s obviously delicious! Essentially, they were mini French Onion Soup bowls, and they were so good.

These were paired with a dry Mac Murray Pinot Noir from the Russian River Sonoma Country.

We polished off the night with our sixth and final course: spiced duck confit served on crispy thin flatbread. The duck was pleasantly flavorful, and happily lacked that gamey toughness that sometimes happens with duck courses. Our chefs know their way around a duck confit!

We served an Alamos Malbec from the Mendoza region of Argentina with this dish, and this bold and spicy red was a great way to finish off the evening.

As we cruised back into Harbor Landing, guests were treated to trays of dessert featuring mini éclair, passion fruit cream puffs, truffles, macaroons, pralines, and assorted fresh berries.

Even with the storms growing in the distance, it was a perfect afternoon with great food and wine, and family and friends! We celebrated three birthdays, and enjoyed a very pleasant and smooth cruise. We hope to see you on our next Wine Cruise, on June 30!

 

 

Special thanks to our crew and kitchen staff who did an AMAZING job!! Way to go guys!!!

LANIERWORLD IS OPEN!! FINALLY!!

Monday, May 13th, 2013

You guys! LanierWorld opened this weekend and we could not be more ecstatic! We’re so pumped up we’ve been giving away daily passes and more on Facebook and Twitter all week long! In addition to those amazing give-aways, we’re kicking off the summer with our featured daily activities as of last Thursday. Here’s what’s happening at the Resort daily:

Masterpiece Mondays: These are SO MUCH FUN. Here’s the skinny: you show up, you pay $35, you get instruction from a legit instructor who teaches you all how to paint a super pretty picture (see below). And since you can paint a different picture every week, you can easily rack up a pretty impressive gallery of your own art! Or, you could sign it and tell people a famous artist painted it! (We won’t tell!)

See how they’re the same picture, but different? These two people went to the same class and came out with two unique and beautiful pictures.

The Details: 6pm every Monday at Sunset Cove; $35 includes food and drink from a select menu, all painting supplies, canvas, and instruction.

Volleyball Tuesdays: Do you love to dig, bump, set, and spike? Then we’ve got the event for you! Where else on Lake Lanier can you go play outdoor volleyball on a pristine sand beach with your friends? Enjoy pick up games at the Sunset Cove volleyball courts, and when you’re ready to take a break, check out our food and drink specials at the Sunset Cove Beach Cafe & Club!

The Details: Tuesdays, all day at Sunset Cove! Our courts are free to play on, just be friendly!

Wake ‘N Surf Wednesdays: Come check out our BRAND NEW 5 for 5 Wake ‘n Surf Wednesdays! Every Wednesday from 6 – 8 p.m., experience our new Wake the Lake Cable Park with all of your friends! For ONLY $5, you get 5 laps or 5 minutes on the entire course. Wakeboard or ski across the Cove, showing off your water sport skills! Marine Max will sponsor the event the first Wednesday of every month. Join in with the interactive water sports, instructional rides and demonstrations in the Cove. You don’t want to miss this deal of the summer!

The Details: At Sunset Cove, 6-8pm every Wednesday; $5 for 5 laps, OR $5 for 5 minutes on the course.

Low Country Boil Thursdays: Whether you’re visiting for a day or you’ve lived in the South your whole life, you have GOT to come check out our Low Country Boils. It’s the ultimate feast, combining corn on the cob, boiled red potatoes, smoked country sausage, and delicious seafood. Throw in some Old Bay seasoning and some tongs and you have, without question, one of the very best meals the South has to offer.

The Details: 6pm every Thursday at Sunset Cove. $19.95.

Flip Flop Fridays: Come hang out at Sunset Cove, where there’s drink specials and DJ requests all night! The sunset is gorgeous every time, so put your feet up by our outdoor firepits and relax the night away!

The Detsils: Fridays, 6pm, at Sunset Cove.

Big Beach Parties: Chill with your friends from 5-9 pm on Saturday nights at Big Beach as your favorite local artists perform on the floating stage. Dance with your feet in the sand, dine on pizza delivered from Gianni’s, and jam to the sweet tunes and the sunset over Lake Lanier. You can see the band line up below.

May 18 Ralph Roddenberry Band
May 25 American Flyers
June 1 The Neons
June 8 American Flyers
June 15 Sunny Moorman Trio
June 22 Mike Veal Band
June 29 Fly Betty
July 6 Mike Veal Band
July 13 American Flyers
July 20 The Neons
July 27 Haywire
Aug 3 Deep Blue Sun
Aug 10 Mike Veal Band
Aug 17 Haywire
Aug 24 American Flyers
Aug 31 Kirk Thomas Band

The Details: Saturdays, 5-9pm, Big Beach by the floating stage.

So those are the weekly events here at Lake Lanier – each and every one of them is definitely worth checking out. In addition, don’t forget about our Full Moon Parties, Wine Cruises, and other special events like Memorial Day and Independence Day!