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 & Danuta Pfeiffer
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. It is one of the oldest vineyards in Oregon’s acclaimed South Willamette Valley—part of a region named the “2016 Wine Region of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast magazine, and its Pinot Noir was once chosen for a presidential dinner in Washington D.C. The winery produces only 1,200 cases per year, and its exquisite, boutique offerings are available only directly from the winery or through its wine club; they are not distributed to stores or restaurants.
The Pfeiffers have both enjoyed established careers in addition to their success as winemakers. Robin taught Spanish for 32 years and was a middle-school counselor, and Danuta was a broadcast journalist and is an award-winning author. In 1984, when they learned that their family’s chicken ranch and sheep farm would excel in growing fine Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, they transformed it into a vineyard.
Robin’s passion for education remains on full display at the winery. Its unique tasting room is a candle-lit cave offering educational and personal, one-on-one winetasting experiences. The Pfeiffer’s wine knowledge, enthusiasm, and stories will enchant you as much as their highly regarded wine!
Join us for a wine lecture and a tasting of Pfeiffer Winery wines when Robin and Danuta come aboard The Gauguin.
other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin
For nine years, Mark Eddowes has captivated guests of the m/s Paul Gauguin with fascinating tales of French Polynesia’s storied past, sharing his wealth of knowledge through lectures that that range from “The Cult of the Tiki” and “The Ancient Culture of the Marquesas Islands” to the real story of the Mutiny on the Bounty. These lectures are often cited as a highlight by our guests.
Denis’s life calling was revealed to him when he led a group of Bora Bora junior high school students on a field trip, on which they viewed a pristine coral colony. Returning just days later, he found that the coral had been destroyed by the anchors of small boats. And he decided to do something about it.
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.