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Wine Cruises

Wine and Cocktail Tastings with Wendy Crispell Join us with Wendy Crispell as she leads these fun and interactive tastings! Whether you are interested in wine and cheese or making the perfect cocktail you will be sure to love these fun events aboard our classic yachts. Jump into the wonderful world of wine either aboard the Yacht Manhattan or the Yacht Kingston and learn what Wendy has to offer.

Wendy has been hosting Classic Harbor Line’s wildly popular tastings for 6 seasons. Wendy’s belief that learning about wine should be fun, and accessible to everyone, leading many participants to return year after year. In addition to holding multiple certifications in wine, Wendy is also a certified cheese professional, award-winning culinary writer, known for her world-renowned cocktail creations and is a French trained chef. She has traveled the world to get up close and personal insight into the culinary culture, traditions and trends in the world of food and wine.

What is the best date idea in NYC? How about a Wine and Cheese pairing on a classic yacht? Looking for a boat ride to see the sites of our gorgeous city without a guided tour? How about a Cocktail cruise that lets you watch the sun dip behind the Statue of Liberty? Visitors and Locals alike this wine and cheese tasting or cocktail cruise is great for a group of friends, a magical date or relatives from out of town. Become a regular and learn the ins and outs of all there is to know about Wine, Cheese and Cocktails with the wonderful Wendy Crispell!


Wine & Cheese Pairing Classes on Yacht Manhattan

Each week wines are carefully selected from small family run or boutique producers to express the terroir of the region being represented. Years of experience, education and constant tasting help to select wines of exceptional value, quality and taste. Cheeses are ONLY artisan or farmstead cheeses sourced from NYC’s finest shops or small local dairies. Led by NYC wine pro Wendy Crispell (a certified wine and cheese educator) our wildly popular Wine and Cheese cruise has been featured in Wine Spectator, Time Out NY, Edible Manhattan, Gastronomista, Pasta’s Kitchen, Two plus Two review and The New York Post.

  Depart: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $104

Holiday Wine Tasting aboard Yacht Manhattan

This fun, interactive NYC cocktail event features a different theme in cocktail culture each week. Craft liquors, house made fruit infusions, gourmet simple syrups and creative garnishes are used to create 5 different signature cocktails with a fresh new spin or traditional flavor. From historical cocktails to modern mixology with tales of distillers, a peek into past and present trends in popular drinks and recipes to recreate your favorite drink at home. Learn how to balance contrasting flavors, add depth of flavor, what makes each liquor unique and get tips on the best sources for ingredients and pairing spirits with food.

  Depart: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Varies

Wine Regions of the World Tasting Series Cruise

Taste the wines of the world! Each cruise focuses on a different region or theme. Explore grapes, styles, soils, viticulture, and tasting techniques that will enhance your tasting experience. These interactive tastings will be conducted by our certified wine consultant, Wendy Crispell, in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Artisan & farmstead cheeses, with a selection of jams, dried fruits, honey and breads will be expertly paired to complement the region’s wines.

Please note that Saturday Wine tastings do a full circumnavigation of the Island.

  Depart: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $104

July 11th: White Nights, Tasty Tongue Twisting Tipples paired with Cheesy Tapas. World wide whites and rose for Summer Scorchers

Wines from Hungary, Lebanon, The Balkans, Slovenia and beyond will be served. Discover the world of exotic flavor, unpronounceable taste and grapes indigenous to faraway lands. Whether their crisp and refreshing, juicy yet bone dry or lush and lengthy these food friendly finds are fabulous! Pairing will include light, cheese inspired tapas to complement each wine. Recipes included!

  Depart: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $104

July 25th: New Zealand, Lush Green land of Red and White Wines and the local USA cheeses that love them.

New Zealand’s cool climate and unique techniques in winemaking have caused more than one wine professional take a second look. Delicious Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and other delights from the North and South Island will be featured. A selection of local artisan cheeses including fresh chevre infused with local herbs, Hudson Valley cheddar, NYS Camembert and an American Cantal will be paired perfectly.

  Depart: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $104

August 8th: Italy! Part One.

Traditions of Wine and Cheese! Northern Italy and Tuscany- Italy is home to fabulous array of wines with hundreds of indigenous grape varieties and cheeses! Taste, compare and learn about the laws, traditions, perfect pairings and more in this special celebration of Italy!

  Depart: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $104

August 22nd: Italy! Part Two.

Traditions in Wine and Cheese, Southern Italy, Sicily and Sardinia. Italy is home to fabulous array of wines with hundreds of indigenous grape varieties and cheese! Taste, compare and learn about the laws, traditions, perfect pairings and more in this special celebration of Italy!

  Depart: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $104

September 12th: For Gouda time call, Chille & Argentina.

Chile and Argentina are home to fabulous and food friendly reds and whites! They may not have any indigenous grapes but vintners from Spain, France, Italy and the USA have banned together to set up second homes there. Find out why these bold beauties are gaining favor the world over! Pair these wines with a stellar selection of Gouda cheeses, aged from 6 months to 5 years! Discover why Gouda in all of its glory pairs perfectly with these sexy, full bodied, bodacious wines. These are no red waxed supermarket cheese’s, there are the real deal in deliciously addictive flavor!

  Depart: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $104

September 26th: Portugal, It’s a treasure trove of delicious wines and cheeses!

Portugal is full of amazingly delicious red, white, sparkling and fortified wine. Famous for Port, cork production and one of the most successful wine marketing plans ever Portugal is moving into the future with modern techniques and flavor. Its cheese is also gaining a cult following with curd nerds everywhere. Learn about the grapes, styles, rennets, aging methods, regions and culture of Portugal. Swirl, sip, savor the amazing flavors and go home with a recipe for Wendy’s famous tomato jam (a traditional Iberian treat).

  Depart: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $104

October 10th: Oktoberfest! Austria and Germany, Red and White Wines with Germanic cheeses and treats!

Fall in love with the flavors, aromas and taste of Riesling, St. Laurent, Blaufrankisch, Zweigelt and Sekt! Learn the terms to help you determine the taste and style of these wines. Discover the traditions, regions and modern advances in each country. Savor the amazing, stinky, aged wonders in the cheese world of Germany and Austria. NYC’s wildly popular “Summer of Riesling” may be over but these wine and cheese combinations are the perfect way to celebrate the flavors of Fall! Go home with a recipe for Wendy’s delicious Liptauer cheese!

 

  Depart: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $104

October 24th: Spain and the Iberian Peninsula, From Rioja to Rueda and beyond with sinfully satisfying cheeses, jams and drizzles!

Immerse yourself in the culture of Spain! Sail away to a faraway place using sight, sound, smell and taste. Explore the culture, tradition, grapes, regions, cheese styles and tapas tradition of Spain. Learn about ancient traditions and modern advances in the world of Spanish wine. Taste the refreshing whites and rich reds, aged wines and finish with a luscious sherry! An interesting selection of cave aged cheeses will be paired perfectly. Go home with ideas for creative tapas and a special jam recipe!

  Depart: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $104

November 14th – Craft the perfect platter for Holiday Celebrations!

Holiday Wine and Cheese Pairing with Chocolate and Chutney. Craft the Perfect Platter for Holiday Celebrations. Recipes Included! Is there a perfect wine to serve with a selection of cheese? Is there a specific order or style of cheese I should know about? Are there easy tips or tricks to make my display look amazing? Should I serve red or white? Are there any other choices beyond fruit to add interest? Go home with a handy pairing guide and a recipe for a delicious drizzle created by a master chef! International selection of wine and cheese will be served.

  Depart: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $104

November 28th – Perfect pairings and ideas for light bites and cheesy dessert!

Holiday Wine Pairing. Wines to pair with everything on your holiday table, even your wacky relatives! Perfectpairings and ideas for light bites and cheesy dessert! Recipes Included! With so many flavors, personalities and choices at the holiday table picking the perfect wines can be a head spinning ordeal! Are there wines that will make everyone happy and still pair with a number of foods? YES! Learn about the 5 wines styles that will make your holiday celebrations a success! Go home with a recipe for a mini cheese inspired dessert that is easy and incredibly tasty!

  Depart: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $104

December 12th – Holiday Wine & Cheese pairing with Chocolate and Chutney!

Holiday Wine and Cheese Pairing with Chocolate and Chutney, Craft the Perfect Platter for Holiday Celebrations. Recipes Included! Is there a perfect wine to serve with a selection of cheeses? Is there a specific order or style of cheeses I should know about? Are there easy tips, tricks and to make my display look amazing? Should I serve red or white? Are there any other choices beyond fruit to add interest? Go home with a handy pairing guide and a recipe for a delicious drizzle created by a master chef! International selection of wines and cheeses will be served.

  Depart: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $104

December 19th – Wines to pair with everything on your holiday table, even your wacky relatives!

Holiday Wine Pairing. Wines to pair with everything on your holiday table, even your wacky relatives! Perfect pairings and ideas for light bites and cheesy desserts! Recipes Included! With so many flavors, personalities and choices at the holiday table picking the perfect wines can be a head spinning ordeal! Are there wines that will make everyone happy and still pair with a number of foods? YES! Learn about the 5 wines styles that will make your holiday celebrations a success! Go home with a recipe for a mini cheese inspired dessert that is easy and incredibly tasty!

  Depart: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost:

December 31st – Bubbly Holiday Tasting!

Sparkling Wines and Silky, Savory Cheeses for a Decedent NYE Celebrations! Sparkling wine is the most versatile pairing in the cheese world! Find out about the grapes, styles, traditions and methods of production. Tickle your senses with bubbly Cremant from France, Sekt from Austria, Cava from Spain, Method Ancestral Prosecco, an American bubbly from the oldest hand dug cellar in the states and discover an unusual sparkling red! Taste a runny, ripe bloomy rind, a cave aged reserve, a rock hard salty sheep’s milk cheese and other surprises in this fun, interactive tasting!

  Depart: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $104

March 28th: See, Smell, Swirl, Touch, Taste. Wine 201, Secrets of a Wine and Cheese Professional

Using a mix of European and new world wine and cheese you’ll learn how to taste, evaluate and describe the flavors in your glass and on your plate. All of your senses will be stimulated as we work through a number of different aromas, textures, visual aids and labels provided to help you on your wine and cheese journey. Discover if your tastes bend toward the old world, new world or somewhere in between. You’ll leave with a new skill set and the ability to be confident on your next adventure to the wine or cheese shop!

  Depart: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $104

April 11th: New World vs. Old World

Wine and Cheese. New World vs. Old World. European Wine vs. Local Cheese- Featuring cheese aged in specialty caves in NYC and Brooklyn with wines perfectly paired from France, Italy, Spain and beyond!

  Depart: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $104

April 25th: France without Fear: Part One

A delightfully stinky adventure in Wine and Cheese- Did you know France is the home of the big six in wine and cheese? Learn the origins of Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Camembert, Chevre, Brie and more. Figure out how to tell what’s in your glass by deciphering the label. Discover why some of the cheeses of France are shown to be a healthy part of your diet! France is the benchmark for learning about wine and cheese. Sail away on a delightfully stinky adventure into the history of wine and cheese! This tasting will feature the Loire Valley, South West, Languedoc and Bordeaux.

  Depart: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $104

May 9th: Girls Rock! Women wine & cheesemakers in celebration of Mother’s Day!

Wine and cheese from ladies you need to know about! Hear the legends, tales and facts about women’s roles in the history of wine and cheesemaking. Taste the wine and cheese crafted with love by ladies in the USA, France, Italy and Spain.

  Depart: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $104

May 30th: France without fear: Part Two.

A delightfully stinky adventure in Wine and Cheese- Did you know France is the home of the big six in wine and cheese? Learn the origins of Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Camembert, Chevre, Brie and more. Figure out how to tell what’s in your glass by deciphering the label. Discover why some of the cheeses of France are shown to be a healthy part of your diet! France is the benchmark for learning about wine and cheese. Sail away on a delightfully stinky adventure into the history of wine and cheese! This tasting will feature Burgundy, Jura, Alsace, Provence.

  Depart: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $104

June 13th: Greece, White & Red Wine and Cheese from the Mediterranean!

Greece is chockfull of interesting grapes, traditions and delicious flavor. The unique soil and climate produce stellar whites and reds with lush fruit and mineral notes. The cheese of Greece is just the ticket to serve in the summer. Learn how to make farmstead cheese marinated with olive oil, herbs and tomato. Taste the favorite cheese of last season, a crispy, grilled wonder that has a flavor like no other!

  Depart: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $104

June 27th: Blazing Sunsets! Red Wine perfect for Summer Sipping paired with cheese & chocolate.

Wines from Sicily, The Jura region of France, USA and beyond will be served. There’s no reason to stop drinking reds in the summer! Many serious red wines are actually meant to have a bit of a chill. Discover the taste, flavor profiles and reasoning behind these wine wonders and pair them perfectly with artisan cheese or chocolate. Your palate will be singing with culinary synergy!

  Depart: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $104