Escape next winter’s cold with the “Big Napa and Sonoma Reds, New Year’s Tahiti cruise,” with three wineries and three storied winemakers.

Wine and food lovers can escape next winter’s cold, by joining three of the wine country’s most acclaimed winemakers onboard a 7-day New Year’s small ship cruise of French Polynesia.

The cruise will be hosted by Ravenswood Winery founder and winemaker Joel Peterson and his wife Mady, with Dawnine Dyer, who with her husband Bill owns Dyer and Meteor wineries in the Napa Valley.

The Paul Gauguin

The Paul Gauguin

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The small, luxury cruise ship Paul Gauguin departs from Tahiti on December 26, 2015, and visits the islands of Huahine, Bora Bora and Moorea. There is an additional stop at a small “motu” island for a private beach party featuring ribs, hamburgers and a lot of great red (and some white) wine.

Big Napa and Sonoma Red's Tahiti Cruise Wine Tasting

Big Napa and Sonoma Red’s Tahiti Cruise Wine Tasting

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On-board the guests will enjoy a private New Year’s Eve wine party and in-depth tastings along the way – including vertical Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and old vine vineyard tastings. The two couples are also hosting a multi-course Winemakers Dinner featuring older, single vineyard wines from Ravenswood and select wines from Meteor and Dyer.

“While Tahiti does not have a rich wine history to draw on, it is beautiful, exotic and restful. And given the terrible winter much of our country is now experiencing, we thought it a good idea to go somewhere warm and to bring the wine culture with us. This will be the perfect pairing.” said Joel Peterson.

Big Napa and Sonoma Red's Tahiti Cruise Wine Seminar

Big Napa and Sonoma Red’s Tahiti Cruise Wine Seminar

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The Peterson’s and Dyers have been long time friends and are wine personalities of historic proportions; Joel started Ravenswood Winery in 1976, and in 2011 was inducted into the Vintners Hall of fame. Dawnine Dyer was Domaine Chandon’s original winemaker in 1976, helped them establish a winery in Australia’s Yarra Valley, and with her husband Bill, launched their own brand Dyer while producing wines for other Napa cult wineries like Meteor and Sodero. Matt Kramer, a columnist for Wine Spectator credits the Dyers with creating “great Cabernets” in his book New California Wine.

The Paul Gauguin is a 332-passenger 5+ star ship specifically designed to sail the shallow seas of the South Pacific and for multiple years, has been voted Travel + Leisure magazine’s “#1 Small Ship Cruise Line.”

Pricing for the “Big Napa and Sonoma Reds, New Year’s Tahiti cruise” starts at $5,276 per person double occupancy, and includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, accommodation, all meals, onboard wine program, a beach party and shore excursion, transfers, select alcoholic beverages and gratuities.

Additional information can be found at BIG REDS TAHITI CRUISE, by calling (800) 367-5348 M-F 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM WCT or emailing