Sexy Food: Give The Gift Of Luxury

Fine Food and Wine Cruises couple exotic destinations with first-class cuisine.

If you have trouble finding a suitable gift for your special someone that truly reflects the depth of your love, then look no further! Fine Food and Wine Cruises pair celebrity chefs with top wineries from around the country to create one of the most satisfying experiences a food lover could ever hope to have.

Everything about the cruise is luxe, from the toiletries to the ports of call. What really makes it special is the vessel — a 535-foot yacht that normally carries up to 300 passengers. Since the boats are smaller (and better appointed) than a typical cruise ship, you won’t have to battle cane-wielding geriatrics for a place in the buffet line. Instead, you’ll be served world-class food and fine wine in a setting that’s both exotic and casually elegant.

FF&W cruises take place all over the world throughout the year; however, two upcoming cruises will feature the best of what Washington has to offer.

In late May 2012, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Italian Riviera, with stops in glamorous cities like Portofino and Rome. Wines on this WSU-themed cruise are provided by Chateau St. Michelle and Gordon Brothers, and proceeds benefit the school’s viticulture and enology program. From the moment you step on the boat, wine is all-inclusive — so start building your tolerance now!

If a WSU theme doesn’t suit your Husky-loving self, then how about a trip to French Polynesia in late September 2012? This luxury cruise takes place on the “Paul Gaugin,” the sleekest yacht to sail the Tahitian waters year-round. The all-you-can-drink cruise brightly shines a spotlight on world-class DeLille Cellars; again, the cruise is all-you-can-drink, with gourmet food from Top Chef Kevin Gillespie. He will include unique ingredients native to the area — but be sure to try his specialty, whole-roasted pig, as well. Ports of call include Tahiti, Bora Bora and Huahine. There is ample on-board entertainment, including a casino and piano bar, as well as live performances from Sea Jazz, an ensemble that includes six Grammy nominees and winners.

If neither of these dates are right for you, a quick perusal of the FF&W site will undoubtedly turn up a cruise that is tailored to your schedule. I’m fairly certain that an envelope containing the trip details would be the highlight of your partner’s Christmas morning ritual. For more details, please visit Fine Food and Wine online. Bon Voyage!