Northern Italian Wine Tasting Cruise -- SOLD OUT

WINE TASTING CRUISE - A Spectacular Evening of Wine, Food & Fun!

Please join us for a special evening aboard the Gateway Clipper Empress  -- where guests will be pampered with a special menu perfectly paired with hand-picked wines from Northern Italy.

This is one evening you won't want to miss! About 600 guests are expected where guests experience sightseeing as well as the relaxing beauty of the Three Rivers -- with the transitions from daylight, twilight, and evening under the stars. 

With so many people in the Meetup, sometimes it can be challenge meeting/mingling, especially for relatively new members when attending other events at busy art galleries, outdoor festivals, and performances at large venues such as the Benedum. So perhaps a series of fun activities that bring lots of people together would also help with introductions and spotting other members at future events.

Looking for a unique Pittsburgh Activity? Come aboard for an evening that features dinner, wine and a river cruise on the Three Rivers!

Enjoy a fabulous menu that compliments the three featured wines chosen by wine expert, Milko Miladinov. This river cruise also features boarding hors d’ouevres and a seated tasting plate dinner.

Six dates to choose!  Six regions of wine! An informative and fun evening  for “oenophiles” of every level! Cheers!

  Board: 5:30 pm

  Sail: 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Check out the fantastic menu for the Northern Italian wine cruise

  HORS D'OEUVRES 

  Prawn "65" Lollipops with Cucumber Raita Sauce 

  Short Rib and Gorgonzola Arancini

 Domestic Cheese Assortment with Bread, Crackers and Grapes 

  Bouquet of Raw Vegetables with Herb Buttermilk Dipping Sauce 

  Wine selection to be determined 

 MAIN ENTREE (served cold) 

    Arista Tonnata and Flash Cooked Fluke Crudo with Tuscan Tuna and Blood Orange Sauces

  Caprese Salad

  Pasta E Fagioli Salad

  Two wines served with main entree

 DESSERT 

  Fudge Brownies, Lemon Squares and Cookies 

  Seasonal Fresh Fruit Arrangement

TICKETS

To order $54.74/person tickets in advance (which includes all taxes and service charge), please visit http://www.gatewayclipper.com/res/searchdetail.php?id=DN+WN+NORTH+ITA&date=7/10/2014

When ordering tickets online, you'll notice a little box in the lower right corner which says "Notes: If you have any special requests, please enter them in the notes section below. If you’ll need a high chair, if you’d like to sit with another group, or any other request to make your visit great, just let us know." In this box, please type the reservation code "206054 MEETUP/Mark" so the group can be seated together.

If you call for tickets [masked] (then press "1" for reservations) or[masked] instead of online, please mention the reservation code "206054 MEETUP/Mark" if you would like to be seated with the group.

As always, it is also fine if you would like to enjoy this cruise on your own with family/friends

Because everyone has different commuting times to the city, this approach will be a little easier so you won't be in as much of a rush -- as long as you can board before the ship leaves the dock at 6:30 PM.

So while some people may decide to arrive early and have a bit more time to mingle and check out the ship -- it is not necessary.  You'll still have a seat with the Meetup group whether you decide to arrive at 5:30 PM or board the ship before it leaves the dock at 6:30 PM.

The seating configuration is typically 8-12 people per table, so it would be great if we had several tables next to each other for those that would like to sit together.

The Gateway Clipper will be finalizing the table layout, so it would be appreciated if we had a decent RSVP count, although it might still be OK if we had smaller groups of people buying at the door.

This is our first wine tasting cruise with the Meetup group, so please be understanding.  

If the wine cruise looks like it may sell out in advance, we'll try to monitor the situation and let people know so they can finalize their tickets, mostly likely in early July.

This cruise will no doubt provide guests an even deeper appreciation of how the city has awakened with so many recreational opportunities along the Three Rivers (walking trails, river kayaking, boating/fishing) recent developments with the restoration of Point State Park, preservation of nearby historic buildings, as well as new buildings enhancing Pittsburgh's modern skyline -- and more fully experience how the city and rivers really stand out in the transition from daylight, twilight, and evening under the stars. 

We may never see the city the same way after experiencing the cruise!

To check out the upcoming schedule for other Gateway Clipper wine cruises, please visit http://www.gatewayclipper.com/public-cruises/dining/wine-tasting-2/

For more information about the Gateway Clipper, please visit http://www.gatewayclipper.com/

Don't forget to bring your camera!

Stay tuned for updates!

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  • Deb G.

    What a lovely night with a great group of people. Lots of photos to share.

    July 11

  • Mark

    Hope everyone is looking forward to today's Northern Italian Wine Tasting Cruise -- and it looks like the weather will be really nice this evening. Don't forget to bring your camera! This cruise has sold out -- I called the Gateway Clipper this morning who mentioned they will unfortunately not be selling tickets at the door. All of the food preparations and wine has been ordered which will be served to guests at seated tables. This will not be a buffet. As a reminder, the Empress ship leaves the dock at 6:30 PM. We've set the Meetup time as 6:15 PM inside the ship at our tables. Boarding will begin at 5:30 PM -- and so if you'd like to arrive earlier (say 5:30-6:15 PM) to have a bit more time for mingling and checking out the ship, that would be great. And if you don't have a ticket, you may wish to update your RSVP so we have a better idea of who is attending.

    July 10

  • Mark

    FYI, the Gateway Clipper said there are just 7 tickets left for tomorrow's wine tasting cruise (as of this morning, July 9).

    So it looks like it will be a sell out -- but I'll let everyone know tomorrow. The weather also looks it will be great for an evening cruise out on the rivers.

    July 9

  • Mark

    just called the Gateway Clipper who said tickets are going fast for this Thursday's Northern Italian Wine Tasting Cruise. They report there are less than 30 tickets left

    There is a good chance this cruise will sell out in advance, so if you're interested you want to buy now.

    When ordering tickets online http://www.gatewayclipper.com/res/searchdetail.php?id=DN+WN+NORTH+ITA&date=7/10/2014 you'll notice a little box in the lower right corner which says "Notes: If you have any special requests, please enter them in the notes section below. If you’ll need a high chair, if you’d like to sit with another group, or any other request to make your visit great, just let us know." In this box, please type the reservation code "206054 MEETUP/Mark" so the group can be seated together. If you call for tickets[masked] (then press "1" for reservations) or[masked] instead of online, please mention the reservation code "206054 MEETUP/Mark" to be seated with the group.

    July 5

  • Mark

    Because everyone has different commuting times to the city, we've updated the Meetup to make it a little easier so you won't be in as much of a rush -- as long as you can board before the ship leaves the dock at 6:30 PM.

    We've also set-up a reservation code so people can be seated together as a group.

    So while some people may decide to arrive early and have a bit more time to mingle and check out the ship -- it is not necessary. You'll still have a seat with the Meetup group whether you decide to arrive at 5:30-6:15 PM or board the ship before it leaves the dock at 6:30 PM.

    July 1, 2014

    • Mark

      When ordering tickets online, you'll notice a little box in the lower right corner which says "Notes: If you have any special requests, please enter them in the notes section below. If you’ll need a high chair, if you’d like to sit with another group, or any other request to make your visit great, just let us know." In this box, please type the reservation code "206054 MEETUP/Mark" so the group can be seated together. If you call for tickets[masked] instead of online, please mention the reservation code "206054 MEETUP/Mark" if you would like to be seated with the group.

      If you've already ordered tickets, you may wish to call[masked] to mention the above reservation code to let them know you're part of the group.

      July 2, 2014

    • Mark

      The seating configuration is typically 8-12 people per table, so it would be great if we had several tables next to each other for those that would like to sit together. The Gateway Clipper will be finalizing the table layout, so it would be appreciated if we had a decent RSVP count, although it might still be OK if we had smaller groups of people buying at the door.

      This is our first wine tasting cruise with the Meetup group on the Gateway Clipper, so please be understanding.

      July 2, 2014

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