Host a Wine Tasting Party Onboard a Luxury Motor Yacht Charter

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Wine enthusiasts can experience the best in wining and dining on the Paraffin’s private yacht cruise.

As the sun slowly sinks below the horizon turning the sky into a kaleidoscope of color, Champagne-filled flutes are raised to toast the idyllic setting and the beginning of a special yachting holiday onboard the one of the premier luxury motor yacht charters, Paraffin - where wining and dining is the central theme.

Few things in life evoke pure indulgence like a charter on an opulent luxury motor yacht. A unique private yacht cruise offers elegant five-star accommodations; round-the-clock pampering by an elite crew; exquisite cuisine rivaling that of a Michelin-rated restaurant; and an itinerary where you can decide where you go and when. A yachting vacation is an amazing experience whether you are entertaining family, friends or colleagues.

The palatial 197-foot Paraffin is the ultimate luxury motor yacht and the epitome of refinement. From a home theatre and professional recording studio to a state-of-the-art gym which occupies an entire deck, Paraffin provides the best life has to offer. The distinguishing amenity that sets this megayacht apart from other luxury motor yacht charters though is her ability to provide guests a truly unique experience – an opportunity to host a wine tasting party at sea.

For most of us, the mention of a wine tasting holiday usually conjures up images of places like Tuscany, the South of France or Napa Valley with rolling hills dotted by grape vines as far as the eye can see. Many wine enthusiasts will travel far and wide to sample wine varietals, but on Paraffin you need not look any further than the main dining room for some of the finest wines ever produced.

For a 60 meter yacht Paraffin’s wine cellar is unparalleled with two climate-controlled wine cellars capable of carrying 612 bottles of wines. In the heart of this five-deck luxury motor yacht charter, in the main dining room, is a custom built 332-bottle mahogany wine cabinet. Below deck is another wine cabinet with room for another 280 bottles. First Officer Bertrand Desparsac is Paraffin’s resident expert when it comes to selecting wines. If you are unsure which type of wine you are in the mood for or compliments the main course, Bertrand, hailing from the Bordeaux region of France, will assist you in selecting the perfect wine to pare with your meal or your mood.

Such a staggering wine collection would not be complete without proper stemware. To ensure guests never have to wait for a wine glass to be washed, Paraffin carries 450 crystal wine glasses. In other words, a wine tasting party of 50 would be able to sample a glass of champagne, six varieties of reds and whites, a dessert wine and a port.

The wine cabinet and stemware collection spans the entire width of the luxury motor yacht’s main dining room and is indeed impressive, particularly if you keep in mind it is on an ocean-going vessel. Paraffin cruises back and forth from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean twice a year often encountering the Atlantic’s large ocean swells. The custom-built cabinets were specifically designed to withstand the heavy vibrations from the sea during a private yacht cruise.

Unlike wine tasting parties ashore, on a luxury motor yacht you have the opportunity to indulge in wines from seven countries and feast on a gourmet meal fit for king before moving into your own private theatre. Paraffin’s club-like lounge on the bridge deck turns into a dimly lit, cozy cinema featuring a 61” plasma screen with surround sound and “seat shakers” (built-in bass units in the seats). Or, if you are feeling a little melodic you can step into the ship’s recording studio where there is an array of musical instruments. Either way, you may want to check out Paraffin’s humidor for a cigar to compliment your evening’s choice of activity. Captain Patrick Cowley is a cigar aficionado and keeps a collection of the finest cigars on hand.

Whatever your heart’s delight, this floating oasis can deliver. Captain Cowley and Paraffin’s crew of 15, including chefs Brent Menke and Laura Edwards, take great pride and measures to ensure the needs of each guest are met with the highest of standards. From the service to the amenities to the extraordinary destinations she travels a private yacht cruise onboard this luxury motor yacht charter is truly magical. Even if you opt not to host a wine tasting party, Paraffin provides a wonderfully unique vacation experience. Be forewarned though, a week-long yachting holiday on Paraffin may leave you feeling so relaxed and rejuvenated you will wonder if you have been gone for a month.

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