Windstar Cruises has announced details of its 2011 Signature Collection Host Series which offers guests the unique opportunity to cruise while learning from distinguished experts in the fields of culinary arts, wine, photography, gardening and wealth management.
* Learn useful design tips from award-winning British garden designer Anthea Guthrie
* Taste and learn about wines from top winemakers Daniel Baron of Silver Oak Cellars; Chris Figgins of Leonetti Cellar and Figgins Family Wine Estates; Tor and Susan Kenward of Tor Kenward Family Wines; Bob Iantosca of Gloria Ferrer and Julia Iantosca of Lasseter Family Winery; and David Gianulias and Todd Rustman of Levendi Winery
* Delight in the culinary skills of chef Fabio Viviani of Firenze Osteria
* Discover the art of photography with celebrity and travel photographer John Russo
* Discuss the principles of wealth management with Todd Rustman, co- founder of GR Capital Asset Management
Anthea Guthrie - Garden Designer
British garden designer Anthea Guthrie hosts Wind Surf’s Barbados to Barbados sailing which departs 9th January 2011 and visits The Grenadines, Grenada, Dominica and St Lucia. Guthrie has been awarded 13 Royal Horticultural Society medals, including four gold medals, two for best creative garden and one for best small garden. Guthrie has also been a guest on the BBC’s “A Passion for Plants” series and on various radio shows, has been a panelist for Gardeners’ Question Time at Hampton Court Palace and is a well-known speaker at various garden clubs. During a lecture, Guthrie will share her extensive gardening experiences and tips.
Tor and Susan Kenward - Founders of Tor Kenward Family Wines
Tor and Susan Kenward host Wind Surf’s Barbados to Barbados sailing which departs 16th January 2011 and visits St Kitts, St Martin, St Barts, Îles des Saintes and St Lucia. Tor Kenward’s exceptional Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays come from his 30-plus years studying the vineyards of Napa Valley. Susan Kenward has written six cookbooks including one James Beard Award winner and has also developed her own skin care line, Olivina Napa Valley. During the voyage the Kenward’s will lecture on wines, conduct a wine tasting and Susan Kenward will give a cooking demonstration.
John Russo - Celebrity and Travel Photographer
Photographer Russo hosts Wind Surf’s Lisbon to Barcelona sailing which departs 17th April 2011 and visits Tangier, Málaga, Almeria, Cartagena and Ibiza. Russo has photographed Kevin Costner, Eva Longoria, John Travolta, Sophia Loren and many other top celebrities. His work has also been featured on the covers of Vogue, Elle, GQ and Esquire. In addition to photographing celebrities, he has travelled around the world photographing destinations. During the sailing, he will conduct two lectures focusing on celebrity portraiture and travel photography and provide insight on how to take the best photos.
Bob Iantosca of Gloria Ferrer and Julia Iantosca of Lasseter Family Winery
Winemakers Bob Iantosca and Julia Iantosca host Wind Surf’s Barcelona to Rome sailing which departs 24th April 2011 and visits Palma de Mallorca, St Tropez, Monte Carlo, Portofino and Livorno. Since joining Gloria Ferrer in 1984, winemaker Bob Iantosca has created more award-winning California sparkling wines than any other single winemaker. Julia Iantosca, winemaker for Lasseter Family Winery, has developed outstanding reds and signature blends for the premium winery. Both Bob Iantosca and Julia Iantosca are passionate in creating unique wines and will share their winemaking experiences during lectures and wine tastings.
David Gianulias and Todd Rustman - Founders of Levendi Winery
David Gianulias and Todd Rustman host Wind Surf’s Barcelona to Rome sailing which departs 8th May 2011 and visits the ports of Palma de Mallorca, St Tropez, Monte Carlo, Portofino and Livorno, Italy. Levendi is a family-owned, boutique winery located in Napa Valley. The Gianulias family has a strong Greek tradition of private winemaking dating back centuries. Since 1926, Levendi has developed ultra-premium vintages. In addition to wine making, Rustman is co-founder of GR Capital Asset Management. David Gianulias and Todd Rustman will discuss their winemaking process during a lecture and conduct wine tastings. Rustman will also do a separate lecture on wealth management.
Daniel Baron - Winemaker for Silver Oak Cellars
Winemaker Daniel Baron will host Wind Surf’s Athens to Istanbul sailing which departs 16th July 2011 and visits Mykonos, Santoríni, Rhodes, Bodrum and Ku?adasi. Baron began his winemaking career in the vineyards of Sonoma County before travelling to France and working for legendary Château Petrus - an experience that shaped his approach to making wine. In 1982, he returned to Napa Valley and became the winemaker for Silver Oak’s celebrated wines. Baron will lecture on the philosophy behind Silver Oak wines and conduct a wine tasting during the sailing.
Fabio Viviani - Owner of Firenze Osteria Italian Restaurant
Chef Fabio Viviani hosts Wind Surf’s Athens to Rome voyage which departs 22nd October 2011 and visits Milos, Monemvassía, Messina, Amalfi and Ischia. Viviani began his culinary career aged 12 and then attended Italy’s Instituto Professionale per I Servizi Alberghieri in Florence, focusing on advanced Tuscan and regional cooking as well as a wide variety speciality courses. As owner and executive chef of Firenze Osteria, Viviani brings his Tuscan dishes and Florentine flair to Southern California. Viviani is also the official spokesperson for Bertolli Olive Oil and Santa Margherita wines. During the sailing, he will conduct a lecture and cooking demonstration.
Chris Figgins - Winemaker for Leonetti Cellar and Figgins Family Wine Estates
Winemaker Chris Figgins hosts Wind Surf’s St Martin to Barbados sailing which departs 18th February 2012 and visits St Martin, Virgin Gorda, lles des Saintes, St Lucia and The Grenadines. Figgins’ parents founded Walla Walla, Washington’s acclaimed Leonetti Cellar in 1977. Figgins continues the winery’s tradition of producing some of the world’s most sought-after reds in small, limited productions. He recently launched FIGGINS, an estate-grown, single-vineyard wine, and Lostine Cattle Company, grass-fed beef, to extend the Figgins Family Wine Estates experience. Figgins will lecture on transforming Leonetti into an estate grown winery, will discuss winemaking and conduct a wine tasting.