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.
Scott Harvey grew up in California’s Sierra Mountains region, but it was as a high school foreign-exchange student in the Rhineland Pfalz region of Germany that he developed a keen interest in wine.
He began his practical enology training at Montevina Winery in Amador County, after a stint at California State University at Sacramento. In 1975, he returned to Germany for further training in enology, apprenticing at K. Fitz-Ritter Winery while attending the Weinbau Schule in Neustadt. Between the two continents, he was fueled by an insatiable curiosity that they both could deliver, and he began developing a unique, signature style that blends influences of Old World Europe and New World California.
Once again returning to Montevina Winery, Scott focused on all aspects of winemaking and running a wine estate, from farming the grapes to marketing the wine effectively. In 1978, at the age of 23, he took over as Head Winemaker for Story Winery, also in Amador County.
Named Winemaker and General Manager of Santino Winery in 1979, Scott developed an ambitious winery plan for the Santino family. Combining his German training and innovative style, he crafted the best wines possible from the soils and climatic conditions of the region and is credited with placing Amador County firmly on the California wine map. As Santino and later Renwood became leading wineries in Amador County, garnering critical acclaim, the wine world was paying attention. Amador County was now recognized as a world-class wine-growing appellation.
In 1996, Scott was recruited as Partner, Winemaker & President for the newly purchased Folie a Deux Winery in Napa Valley. When he combined forces with the Lead Partner, renowned Winemaker Richard Peterson, Ph.D, a formidable winemaking team was launched. In his new role, Scott pursued his commitment to award-winning Cabernets made from the Estate Vineyards in Napa Valley while continuing his passion for Amador County Zinfandel.
Access to Scott’s original Grandpère vineyard in Amador County and close relationships with premier Amador County growers resulted in award-winning wines all around for Folie a Deux. In addition, Scott’s creation, the Menage a Trois line of wines, was an instant commercial success. In 2004, Folie a Deux, now a respected brand, was sold to Sutter Home/Trinchero Winery.
Scott was finally positioned and ready to start his own venture, and he had the ideal partner—his wife, Jana, a wine industry veteran. Scott’s wines reflect his roots: they are approachable, food-friendly, and full of luscious fruit. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a presentation and tasting of the couple’s Amador Barbera and Zinfandel.
other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin
A star of musical stages across North America, Josh Young has charmed audiences and won numerous awards for his work. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a thrilling performance by this acclaimed Broadway star.
A strolling magician and elite member of the Magic Castle—the legendary private club for magicians in Hollywood—Patricia Magicia delights audiences with her skill and charm, always with French flair. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a dazzling demonstration of Patricia’s unique talents.
Maurice Bligh is a man with mission: to set the record straight about his famous forebear, who is widely known as “Captain Bligh” of the legendary HMS Bounty. Join Maurice aboard The Gauguin as he reveals historic truths about Admiral William Bligh — and explains how Hollywood got it all wrong: there never was a ship called HMS Bounty!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Rolling Keys Duo (Sarah Watson and Will Stead) are two session musicians who have crafted a sound that has proven successful all over the world. Join us aboard select sailings of The Gauguin for a toe-tapping performance of popular classics from the Fifties to current chart hits.
Kim Stare Wallace has been passionate about the wine industry since her father founded Dry Creek Vineyard in 1972. Don quickly learned every aspect of the business upon marrying Kim. Join us aboard The Gauguin for the couple’s presentation on Dry Creek Vineyard and a tasting of their excellent wines.
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.
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.
A journalist and educator specializing in astronomy, Dan Benedict has been introducing cruise passengers with an interest in stargazing to the wonders of the night sky since 1998. Join us for a series of presentations and nighttime star watches led by this fascinating expert.
After receiving his Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, George S. Losey, Jr., left Florida for the warmer waters of the Hawaii and remained as a Professor and Researcher in Zoology at the Institute of Marine Biology. Over the course of his career, he has lived underwater as an aquanaut, dived in purse seines of the East Pacific fishing fleet, and visited marine labs from Israel to Australia. Join us aboard The Gauguin as George shares his expertise in a series of lectures—as well as relaxing, informal conversation.
Acclaimed academic, Fulbright scholar, author, teacher, lecturer, and art historian and curator Caroline Boyle-Turner is a perennially popular guest host aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin. Join us aboard as she enriches your appreciation for our ship’s namesake and his circle of friends.
Come sail with us on our 2021 Reunion Cruise—a reunion for past guests of Paul Gauguin Cruises and a gala welcome for newcomers which presents a number of unique events, including special guests, a festive dinner, cocktail and block parties, opportunities to mingle with senior staff and crew, and more. This 11-night Tuamotus & Society Islands voyage includes two visits to Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin Cruises’ private islet.
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.
Robin and Danuta Pfeiffer are the owners and winemakers of Pfeiffer Winery and Vineyards, an ultra-premium, sustainable, 70-acre vineyard with an international reputation for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Enjoy a wine lecture and a tasting of Pfeiffer Winery wines when Robin and Danuta join us aboard The Gauguin.
The University Distinguished Professor of Cultural Geography at Western Kentucky University, Dr. David Keeling has visited more than 185 countries and studied a wide range of topics, from the geography of exploration and discovery to socio-economic change. Join us aboard The Gauguin as he shares his expertise in a series of fascinating lectures.