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Talley Vineyards

Brian Talley, Vintner
July 17, 2015 | Brian Talley, Vintner

Cruise of a Lifetime

My family just returned from the cruise of a lifetime aboard the Crystal Serenity.  Johnine and I, along with my mother Rosemary and our girls Elizabeth and Olivia, got to spend 7 days cruising the Mediterranean, from Venice to Monte Carlo, with some of our very best wine club members.  We hosted this cruise in conjunction with our friends Kathy and Doug Filiponni from Ancient Peaks Winery in Santa Margarita.

Every day provided a new highlight.  Venice is an amazing city with the best boat drivers in the world.  Swimming in the Mediterranean on the Isle of Capri was unforgettable, as was walking the wall that surrounds the ancient city of Dubrovnik.  Michaelangelo's statue of David is even more remarkable than I expected, and the leaning tower of Pisa really does lean.  We finished in Monte Carlo, a city at the edge of the sea literally built on the side of a mountain.

As much as I enjoyed waking up in a new port every morning, it was spending time onboard during dinners, tastings and receptions with people who really love our wines that made the trip really special.  We can’t wait for the next one!


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