m/s Paul Gauguin

m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Kim Stare Wallace & Don Wallace

President & Partner, Dry Creek Vineyard
Kim Stare Wallace & Don Wallace

Kim Stare Wallace & Don Wallace will be on the following sailings:

Kim Stare Wallace

President, Dry Creek Vineyard

As a small child, Kim Stare Wallace was wielding a shovel at her father’s side when he broke ground for Dry Creek Vineyard in 1972. Throughout her childhood, she watched from the sidelines as her father, David Stare pioneered Dry Creek Winery, which was the first new winery to be built in the region following Prohibition.  She’s been passionate about the wine industry ever since.

After graduating magna cum laude from San Francisco State University, Kim began a career in the fashion industry and later used her knowledge and expertise with design to help build Dry Creek Vineyard’s dynamic brand. However, in 1986, her father David Stare convinced her to come back to the winery as Director of Marketing.  One of her first achievements was the creation of nautical labels for Dry Creek Vineyard’s wines, an unprecedented move that has indelibly linked the winery to sailboats in consumers’ minds.

In the mid-1990s, Kim took on the increased responsibility of Vice President of the winery, involved in all decisions affecting the quality of the Dry Creek Vineyard experience. Her hands-on approach and desire to succeed meant she did everything from strategic planning to tasting and ranking multiple barrel samples, reviewing the annual budget, meeting with wine writers, planning promotional events, and entertaining key customers.

Today, Kim serves as President of the winery. Her vision for the future of Dry Creek Vineyard is clear: honor the past while striving to produce wines of outstanding distinction that consistently over-deliver and provide great enjoyment to wine drinkers.

 

Don Wallace

Partner, Dry Creek Vineyard

Agriculture is a natural way of life for Don Wallace, the product of four generations of a hard-working California farming family. Don’s interest in machinery took him away from the farm for 15 years while he pursued a career in international construction.

While he was on a project in Sonoma County in 1980, Don met Dry Creek Vineyard founder David Stare’s daughter, Kim Stare, whom he married in 1982.

With his father-in-law and wife in the wine business, Don’s next move was a stint among the vines at Murphy-Goode Estate Winery to “test drive” his new family’s industry. After one year, Don accepted his father-in-law’s offer to manage ranch operations at Dry Creek Vineyard in 1990. Don’s sphere of influence gradually grew to encompass every aspect of the business, including winery operations and sales, as well as vineyard development and acquisitions. Don took on the role of General Manager in 1999 and in April 2006, he was appointed President of Dry Creek Vineyard.  In January 2011, he transitioned into the role of Partner to focus on the winery’s sustainability efforts and vineyard development.

Together, Don and Kim are firmly committed to a “No Compromises” philosophy, producing appellation-focused, terroir-driven, varietal-defining wines. They are dedicated to all aspects of the business, from vine to shelf, with a goal to remain one of the last truly private, family-owned, iconic wineries consistently producing 90+ point wines. Named one of the Top 100 wineries of 2015 by Wine & Spirits Magazine, the Sonoma County family winery is also 100% Certified Sustainable.

Join us aboard The Gauguin for the couple’s presentation on Dry Creek Vineyard and a tasting of their excellent wines.

Kim Stare Wallace & Don Wallace

Kim Stare Wallace & Don Wallace will be on the following sailings:

other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Polynesia Destination Speaker
May 25, 2019

An avid traveler and veteran of more than 70 cruises, Eric Ball makes destinations come alive with captivating photographs and stories of the people who shaped world events. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a series of lectures by this seasoned traveler and speaker.

Academia
Chef Jean-Pierre Vigato aboard The Gauguin
Parisian Celebrity Chef
June 1, 2019

Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Pierre Vigato has inspired signature menus for Paul Gauguin Cruises for several years. Sail with one of the world’s great chefs aboard The Gauguin, and enjoy an exceptional culinary program.

Food & Wine
Northern House Guest Host Image
Motown/Soul Duo
June 15, 2019

Hailing from the United Kingdom, The Northern House has entertained audiences around the world with their stunning vocals. Join us aboard The Gauguin as they present a nostalgic celebration of music’s biggest hits.

Entertainment
Allie Mooney
Inspirational Speaker
June 15, 2019

Allie Mooney knows what makes people tick. And long experience as a successful “people interpreter” proves it. Find out for yourself how this internationally respected speaker and author can transform your life when you join her aboard The Gauguin.

Special Interest
Salvestrin Winery
Salvestrin Winery
July 10, 2019

Three generations of the Salvestrin family have meticulously and sustainably farmed this historic Napa Valley vineyard for 80 years, creating handcrafted wines that are fruit forward, elegant, balanced, and memorably world class. Learn more about their exceptional wines aboard a fabulous wine cruise, where the family shares their story during a lecture and wine tasting.

Food & Wine
Katie Leonardini
Vice President of Operations, Whitehall Lane Winery
July 10, 2019

Katie Leonardini and her family have owned Whitehall Lane for more than 25 years. In this short history, the winery has earned a reputation for beautifully made, elegant, world-class wines. Join us aboard The Gauguin for Katie’s presentation and tasting of Whitehall Lane wines.

Food & Wine
Cabaret Singer
July 10, 2019

Minda Larsen has performed in New York City, across the country, and in more than 80 countries across all seven seas. Come aboard select sailings of The Gauguin, and enjoy a performance by the vocalist named “Best Cabaret Singer 2015” in New York City and nominated for “Best Female Vocalist 2015” by Broadway World.

Entertainment
Motivational Author & Speaker
July 10, 2019

Tom O’Neil has helped a wide range of people, from students to CEOs, achieve their goals through his best-selling books, motivational speeches, and one-on-one coaching. Let this internationally recognized expert in personal development and career management inspire you with his live presentations on board the m/s Paul Gauguin.

Special Interest
Pacific Culture & Arts Speaker
July 20, 2019

Currently the Director of the Pacific Center for Arts and Humanities in Education (PCAHE) at PREL in Honolulu, Lori Phillips has a long résumé in professional development of arts and humanities education. Join us aboard The Gauguin as Lori presents a lecture on Pacific culture and arts in Polynesia.

Arts
Owner, Peju Winery
July 27, 2019

Lisa Peju was six years old when her family moved to the Napa Valley wine country to found their own estate. Today, she travels the world representing the family’s wines. Learn more about Peju Winery—and taste its delicious wines—as Lisa shares her expertise during a presentation on board The Gauguin.

Food & Wine
Musicians
August 3, 2019

Vocalists Pat O’Leary and Gabrielle Stravelli have performed with some of the great jazz and contemporary artists of our time. Join us aboard The Gauguin as these dynamic entertainers perform a variety of material, including jazz standards, selections from the Great American Songbook, original compositions, and fresh arrangements of pop and theatrical classics.

Entertainment
Coral Reef Geographer
August 3, 2019

For Dr. Chris Roelfsema, the next best thing to conducting research on coral reefs in the field is exploring and mapping them from space. He can spend hours underwater or in front of Google Earth, traveling over coral reefs of the world and imagining what they really look like. From his love for reefs, he made his work. Join us aboard The Gauguin as Chris shares his fascinating expertise.

Science
Illusionist
Multiple sailings

A rising star among French magicians, Nicolas del Pozo perfected his skills in Las Vegas, where he met the greatest illusionists in the world. He since has dazzled audiences around the globe. See this mesmerizing show from this master of illusion aboard The Gauguin.

Entertainment
Clinical Psychologist
August 14, 2019

A healing, resilience, and optimal performance expert, Dr. Stephen Sideroff has developed a new and more comprehensive model of resilience that helps you achieve success while maintaining optimal health. Join us aboard The Gauguin, for a series of presentations designed to help you integrate the most advanced scientific and behavioral technologies with ancient traditions for optimal mind and body functioning.

Special Interest
Marc Otway and Abi Uttley Guest Host Image
Musicians
Multiple sailings

Expect an extremely fun evening of dancing and singing when Marc and Abi come aboard! Don’t miss very special sailings of The Gauguin, as this talented duo performs an exciting musical explosion of upbeat classics through the decades.

Entertainment
Magician & Mentalist
Multiple sailings

A professional magician since 1998 and TV Star Magician in Brazil, Gustavo Vierini is skilled in illusion in all its forms. Be sure to be aboard as he brings his unique blend of magic and humor aboard select sailings of The Gauguin.

Entertainment
Teri Sowell Portrait
Pacific Island Cultural Arts Expert
Multiple sailings

A dynamic speaker who specializes in Pacific Island cultural arts, Dr. Teri Sowell is a distinguished researcher, author, and teacher. She also has curated many art exhibitions nationwide. Join us aboard The Gauguin as Teri weaves together threads of past and present traditions in a series of lively lectures that will enrich your cultural experience.

Arts
Singer & Guitarist
Multiple sailings

One of the UK’s most in-demand singers, Jonny Ross performs a varied repertoire designed to delight audiences of all ages. Join us aboard The Gauguin for live performances by this talented singer.

Entertainment
Guest Host Arnaud de Sulle aboard The Gauguin
Art Historian
October 2, 2019

The descendent of a very old and noble family, Arnaud de Sullé has a passion for history and culture that has taken him from the Vatican Library to the film set of Federico Fellini. Join us, and discover why he is in great demand as an expert speaker on artist Paul Gauguin and his connection to music as well as art.

Arts
Dr. Richard Somerville
Oceanographer & Meteorologist
Multiple sailings

Richard Somerville is a world-renowned climate scientist and an expert on communicating clearly to the public what scientists have learned about climate change.

Science
Acoustic Duo
November 2, 2019

Performing as Colour Blue, Thomas Rowland and Nathan Mills combine harmony, vocals, acoustic guitar, and an African Djembe drum to put their own unique twist on popular music. Join us aboard multiple sailings of The Gauguin to enjoy their performance of a huge mix of music ranging from the 1960s to the present day.

Entertainment
Maritime Experts
November 13, 2019

The husband-and-wife team of Joan and Ron Druett have devoted their careers to delving into maritime history through literature and art. Join us aboard The Gauguin as this award-winning author and internationally recognized artist each presents a series of lectures that entertainingly showcase their expertise in the field.

Academia
Historian
November 23, 2019

The Director of Translation and Interpreting at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Scott Homler interprets, translates, and lectures on a variety of subjects and often incorporates art as a primary resource for discussions on cultural identity. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a series of lectures offering insights into the life and work of artist Paul Gauguin.

Academia
Guest Host Heather Vichevich
November 23, 2019

Modern classical soprano Heather Vichevich floats effortlessly among Broadway favorites, opera classics, and pop standards, entertaining audiences around the world with her signature shows. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a memorable performance by this talented singer.

Entertainment
Singer
November 23, 2019

A native of Montréal, Canada, Pascale Guertin is a well-rounded musician who was born to sing. Join us aboard The Gauguin, as this talented artist performs Remembering Edith Piaf and From Argentina with Love.

Entertainment
Art Historian
November 23, 2019

June Hargrove, a renowned specialist in the history of 19th-century art, has traveled the globe, sharing her expertise on the art of Paul Gauguin and his contemporaries. Her lectures provide an exciting introduction to Gauguin’s life and art in the context of the islands that The Gauguin will be visiting—as you’ll discover when you join us aboard.

Arts
Astronomer
Multiple sailings

As a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador since 2003, Greg Redfern has brought the wonder, beauty, and excitement of our universe to audiences for decades. His one-on-one style resonates with his passion and knowledge. Join us aboard The Gauguin as he shares that passion during lectures on astronomy.

Science
Astrologer
February 22, 2020

A professional astrologer with more than 30 years’ experience, Leslie McGuirk has appeared on radio and television and in magazines, and is a popular presenter and author. Join us aboard The Gauguin to discover the evolution of astrology, its place in history—and how it pertains to you.

Science
Oceanographer & Maritime Historian
March 28, 2020

As a museum director, scientist, and explorer Edwin Sobey has traveled the world. Along the way, he has lectured and conducted research on seven continents and all the oceans. Join us aboard The Gauguin as Ed presents a series of lectures on marine topics including whales, coral reefs, ocean acidification, plastics in the sea, and renewable energy.

Science
Military Historian
April 11, 2020

A television executive for nearly two decades and later a corporate board member, Chrisopher Kelly has dedicated his retirement to pursuing his lifelong passion for military history. Join us aboard The Gauguin as this award-winning author and presenter provides a lecture series on military history and WWII in the Pacific.

Academia
Polynesia Destination Speaker
June 6, 2020

Professor Allan Hanson has been fascinated by the South Pacific for most of his life. His experience in remote parts of French Polynesia inspired several books and an academic career. Join us aboard The Gauguin as this distinguished scholar presents a lecture on the cultures of Polynesia.

Academia
Chef Jean Robert de Cavel
Chef
July 11, 2020

Award-winning chef Jean-Robert de Cavel has maintained a Mobil 5-star restaurant, opened several restaurants in the Cincinnati area, served as Chef-in-Residence at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State, and been named a Master Chef by Maîtres Cuisiniers de France. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a lecture and culinary demonstration by this acclaimed chef and entrepreneur.

Food & Wine