Star Clipper to Feature Michelin Chefs and Culinary Experts in 2015

[caption id="attachment_16851" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Star Clipper will feature fabulous chefs for summer 2015.




Star Clippers is excited to feature an outstanding line up of guest chefs and lecturers on culinary-themed journeys in 2015. Whether you consider yourself a foodie or you're just hungry, you're sure to learn a lot from these fabulous professionals. Join chefs from top Michelin Starred Restaurants and Expert Sommeliers on select Star Clippers cruises.










Star Clipper will be host to Michelin Star Chefs Markus Semmler of Das Restaurant, Berlin, Germany; Jens Kirchenwitz of Le Jeton Restaurant, Bad Kissingen, Germany; and Christian Loisl of Junge Wilde. In the beverage arena guests inclule Sommelier Brice Faluelle and Mixologist Uwe Chistiansens.



These culinary-centered cruises will take place in July and August on the 170 passenger ship and cover the eastern Mediterranean including Southern Cyclades, Yachtsman's Paradise, and Northern Cylcades itineraries. For more information click here.



Stay tuned for more info next week on Royal Clipper's culinary cruises!



What culinary cruise do you want to sail on? Let us know in the comments!
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Guest Sommeliers Host Wine Tastings on Star Clipper

[caption id="attachment_15586" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Wine with a view!




July 9, 2014, Star Clipper will arrive at Venice, Italy, wrapping up back-to-back culinary cruises under the direction of world-class sommeliers.



[caption id="attachment_15580" align="aligncenter" width="550"] French sommelier Olivier Assire directs a wine tasting on Star Clipper.




The first itinerary featured Olivier Assire and sailed from Athens, Greece, to Kotor, Montenegro. Along the way guests enjoyed wine tastings, expert suggestions for pairings in the dining room and a sunset champagne reception, among other events. Assire disembarked at Corfu, Greece, the final sailing day before guests reached Kotor, Montenegro.



[caption id="attachment_15579" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Guests enjoy a wine tasting under the direction of Olivier Assire.




Saturday, July 5, 2014, Bruno David and a new crop of guests boarded Star Clipper at Dubrovnik, Croatia. As the ship sails along the coast of Croatia with calls at Korcula, Hvar and Mali Losinj, David is available to chat about wine-making, pairings and to offer tastings of spectacular Bordeaux wines from vineyards including Château Durfort-Vivens and Pessac Léognan.



[caption id="attachment_15585" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Featured wines included Champagne Brut Premier Louis Roederer and Jeroboam Rosé Couer de Grains 2013 -- Chateau de Selle.




These wine-themed sailings are part of an ongoing series of culinary cruises featuring onboard insights from renowned chefs and wine experts. The guest chefs and sommeliers work hand-in-hand with Star Clippers crew to create menus and tasting experiences that reflect Star Clippers easy elegance.



[caption id="attachment_15584" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Apertif tastings on the deck with views of shore.




Are you a foodie who dreams of a culinary adventure under sail? Click here for more information on upcoming Star Clippers' culinary cruises.
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Wine Tasting with a Guest Sommelier Aboard Star Clipper




Celebrity German Chef Bea Schulz, a private chef, instructor and food coach who specializes in gluten- and lactose-free dishes and Sommelier Natalie Lumpp are currently sailing on Star Clipper's Southern Cyclades itinerary. Along the way guests are treated to some delightful wine tasting and food pairing chats on deck.



And just in case guests haven't had enough fabulous wine to drink onboard, the itinerary sails through Greece and Turkey, a region that has been producing great wine since ancient times. Despite the long history of wine production, greek wines are less well-known than other old world varietals. Here's a list of seven fantastic Greek wine varietals to know if you're planning to sail there and want to brush up!*



1. Agiorgitiko
(ah-gee-or-gee-tee-ko): This grape produces lush, velvety reds with black-cherry flavors.



2. Assyrtiko
(ah-sir-tee-ko): A source of minerally, bone-dry, citrus-edged white wines.



3. Athiri
(ah-thee-ree): Wines from this white variety often have a scent of stone fruits, like nectarines.



4. Malagousia
(mah-la-goo-see-ah): This melony, jasmine-scented white was on the brink of extinction before winemaker Evangelos Gerovassiliou began growing it again.



5. Moscofilero
(mos-ko-fi-ler-oh): A primarily Peloponnesian white, its wines have tangerine and blossom scents.



6. Roditis
(ro-dee-tis): Elegant and light-bodied, this pink-skinned grape produces crisp whites and rosés.



7. Xinomavro
(zhee-no-mav-ro): This red has floral and spice aromas, firm tannins, and vibrant fruit.



















Will you be joining Star Clippers in Greece this summer? If so, will you be sampling the region's wines?



*Source: Food & Wine
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