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Lake Lanier Islands Fall Wine Cruise Series

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?

 

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4 Comments
  • Emilee - October 19, 2013

    I am so sorry I found out about this cruise last minute! It is my husband and my first wedding anniversary today (10/19) and we took our vows and celebrated just last year at Legacy Pointe! It wood have been a great way to celebrate this weekend!! Any chance you’ll go another next weekend on the 27th?!?! Thanks!

  • Cassie - October 22, 2013

    Hi Emilee. Congratulations on your anniversary! Our next cruise event is on November 10th, but it’s a cigar and cognac cruise. You can read more about it on our calendar here: http://www.lakelanierislands.com/calendar/specialevents/cigarcruise

  • Dawn - October 31, 2014

    I went on the wine cruise in September, and last years cruises were so much better & less expensive. There was minimal food which included Raw Lamb rolled up in a round wooden thing & blood dripped out of the bottom of it, there were a couple of other tiny items, but no shrimp, or heavy appetizers. The cheeses are always good, but they always run out of crackers, and with wine crackers are nice to have. So our table primarily ate cheese without crackers. The wine company at last minute cancelled so they brought in a replacement, and we were suppose to have 3 reds, but only had 2, and so 4 very small pours of 2 whites & 2 reds, a little cheese for $75.00 and now have to pay $10.00 to get into the park to get to the boat (last year your confirmation letter got you into the park to the boat, now you pay that too), or total of $85, was not worth it this year. They need BETTER food, minimum of 3 red wines, and let folks have a 2nd pour if they wish.

  • Cassie - October 31, 2014

    Hi Dawn, we appreciate your feedback, and we’ll be sure to pass this along to our food and beverage team.

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