Hailing from Idaho, I still get giddy that I live near the ocean.
I’ve taken a keen interest lately in marine life and have flooded my Instagram feed with hallmark organizations like the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, the Ocean Institute, and local whale watching and fishing tours. I’m fascinated at the rare crew of orcas and Risso dolphins recently playing and passing through the Dana Point area.
As I was clicking through these great video clips, I stumbled on the OC Wine Cruise. BINGO! The ocean and wine!
Offered every Friday and Sunday evening year-round, you can spend a relaxing 90 minutes aboard the OC Wine Cruise’s 63-foot luxury catamaran cruising the Dana Point Harbor at sundown.
I am impressed that Orange County’s Organic Cellar is the wine curator. Based in Laguna Beach, The Organic Cellar is renowned for sourcing delicious sustainable, organic, and biodynamic Old World wines for local restaurants like Sapphire, wine shops, and their own wine club members. The Organic Cellars’ wheelhouse is Italian wines, but they carry collections from France and Spain as well. Wines poured each week for OC Wine Cruise vary, so the experience stays fresh and features the best seasonal sunset pairings.
As well, each OC Wine Cruise features a Wyland wine spotlight. Robert Wyland, renowned as the “Michelangelo of the Sea” is best known for his life-size marine life murals across the globe as well as the Wyland Foundation, which guides children in the art of being good ocean stewards. Wyland private labels wine with chosen wineries that complement his environmental standards. These private wine bottles feature a Wyland art piece on the label. The Wyland wines have a been an important pour for The Organic Cellar for several years.
The OC Wine Cruise launches either 5:30 or 6:30 p.m., depending upon the time of the year. Be sure to check the schedule when booking.
For $49 per person, you’ll enjoy four wines, which are described by a wine host on board. You can snack on accompanying cheese, fruit, and nuts while you soak in the scenery. Guests have access to a full cash bar if cocktails or other pours suit your fancy pre- or post-wine. If you don’t want to share your sunset, you can even charter the entire catamaran for your private group.