Sail With the Winemakers of Gloria Ferrer and Lasseter Family Winery on Windstar

SEATTLE (Wine Press) Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world’s most treasured destinations, offers guests the opportunity to learn about sparkling wines from Bob Iantosca of Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Carneros Vineyards and premium red wines from Julia Iantosca of Lasseter Family Winery on Wind Surf’s April 24, 2011, Barcelona to Rome voyage.

Since joining Gloria Ferrer in 1984, winemaker Bob Iantosca has created more award-winning California sparkling wines than any other single winemaker. His elegant, handcrafted sparkling wines are expressions of flavors, aromas and varietal characters born in the winery’s vineyard. Julia Iantosca, consulting winemaker for Lasseter Family Winery, has developed outstanding reds for small, premium wineries for 30 years. She has a particular affinity for creating distinctive red wine blends crafted in Old World-style, using Bordeaux and Rhone varietals.

The Iantoscas are passionate about creating unique wines and will each lecture on the winemaking process along with conducting wine tastings for each of their brands during the sailing. For more information on Gloria Ferrer and Lasseter Family Winery, please visit and

Wind Surf’s 7-day Barcelona to Rome sailing visits Palma de Mallorca, Spain; St. Tropez, France; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Portofino, Italy; and Livorno, Italy. Cruise rates start from $2,199 per person, double occupancy.

Wind Surf accommodates 312 guests, offering deluxe, oceanview staterooms that include beds with luxury linens and mattresses, flat-screen TV and DVD player, Bose SoundDock speakers for Apple iPods, waffle-weave robes with slippers and sumptuous L’Occitane products. Suites also include an extra bath, TV and sitting area. Wind Surf recently introduced new spa suites which include all the amenities of a suite along with luxurious microfiber linens, spa robes, an orchid flower arrangement, specialty pillow menu, daily fresh fruit platter, O SPA London products, WindSpa spa experiences and events as well as unlimited Pilates and Yoga classes. Bridge Suites offer everything in a suite along with the additional luxury of a spacious private living room and relaxing whirlpool spa. Guests enjoy culinary wonders in Wind Surf’s The Restaurant, Degrees, Le Marché and Candles. Wind Surf also features a lounge, Yacht Club, WindSpa, casino, three bars, two pools, two hot tubs, a shop, photo gallery and watersports platform.

About Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises operates three sailing yachts known for their pampering without pretense and their ability to visit the hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world’s most treasured destinations. Carrying just 148 to 312 guests, the luxurious ships of Windstar cruise to nearly 50 nations, calling at 100 ports throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. For more information including rates and itineraries contact a professional travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-7245. Visit Windstar Cruises online at

Windstar is a division of Ambassadors International Cruise Group, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ambassadors Cruise Group, LLC.

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