Wine Education for Yacht Stewardess Training and Estate Managers


wine bottle, opener and cooler to present wine education for yacht stewardess training

A great wine education for yacht stewardess training and estate managers was hold by Pioneer Linens of West Palm Beach, Florida. They recently hosted the monthly meeting of the local branch of the Domestic Estate Management Association. It was interesting to note that there was about an equal mix of yacht stewardess participants as there were estate management participants. Although the main topic was a fabulous demonstration of the new Laura Star ironing system (more on that later), one of the most interesting people that I met was Drew Feinberg, a sommelier who owns The Wine Sage, a personal concierge and sourcing service for fine wines and champagnes located in the Palm Beach area. I was so intrigued that I had to contact him. Part of yacht stewardess training you can find in my book The Yacht Service Bible involves wine education, and particularly the fine art of food and wine pairing.

He was kind enough to share the following with me:


3 Most Basic Things In Wine Education – A Must For Every Yacht Stewardess Training

  1. Definitely how to store it properly so the wine does not spoil, get cooked or corked and the proper temperature to serve the particular wine to give their employer the most satisfying experience.
  2. Getting to know the Classic Grape Varietals
  3. The Basics of Wine & Food Pairings

First Tip – Part A: How To Store Wine Properly (if you don’t have a wine cellar on board)

  • The environment is cool–between 55 to 63 degrees
  • The bottle is lying on its side or upside down so the cork doesn’t dry
  • The wine is kept out of direct sunlight
  • The wine is kept in an area that does not cause the bottle to vibrate. Movement like being between a washer and dryer or next to an engine or motor is very bad for the quality of the wine.

First Tip – Part B: How To Know When A Wine Might Be Bad? (a few hints to look for)

  1. Look at the cork, is it protruding from the top?
  2. Is the cork soft when you push on it from the top of the bottle?
  3. If it is an older vintage is the wine level below the shoulder of the bottle, this can be a sign the wine is beyond its time.
  4. When you open the bottle and smell the bouquet does it smell like an old moldy book or bacteria-laden dirty socks, this can be a sign the wine is no good.
  5. Has the wine leaked through the top of the cork?
  6. As a standard white wines tend to get darker in color as they age and red wines tend to get lighter. If you see the color turning brown that is a good indication the wine might have gone bad. Understanding and paying attention to this is a very important part in wine education during your yacht stewardess training.

Second Tip: Classic Grape Varietals

  • Reds: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah
  • Whites: Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Semilon

Third Tip: Pairing Wine With Food

As far as pairing Wine with Food a yacht stewardess or a yacht chef can follow these guidelines below as basics:

  • Mirror (Compliment) – Example a rich Chardonnay with Lobster in a cream sauce (Both the lobster and the chardonnay are opulent, rich, and creamy).
  • Contrast – a crisp sleek Champagne with tingling bubbles with the Lobster would be fascinating. Or maybe a sweet Riesling with a spicy Thai dish.

Higher acidity wines leave you wanting to take a bite of food and after taking a bite of food you’ll want a sip of wine (doesn’t that work nicely).

Flexible Reds with food – have good acidity such as Chianti, Red Burgundy, CA Cabs, Oregon Pinot Noirs and Zinfandels (fruit driven), Rhone Wines such as Chateauneuf du Pape

Fruit driven dishes with fruit components like Pork w/sautéed apples, roast chicken with apricot glaze, duck w figs go great with fruit driven wines such as Gewurztraminer, muscat, viognier and Rieslings

Saltiness in Food is a great contrast to acidity in wine, Ex: Smoked Salmon & Champagne(or fruity acidic red) Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Chianti.

Asian dishes that have soy sauce pair well with high acid wines like German Rieslings. Stilton Cheese(something salty) with Port(Sweet) a nice contrast.

High Fat Food – with a lot of animal fat, butter or cream cries out for a rich intense, structured, concentrated wine. A big California Cabernet or Bordeaux Red with a Rib eye Steak or perhaps the most decadent wine and food marriage of all: Sauternes and Foie gras.

Dessert – Sweet and sweet don’t really work, because if the dessert is to sweet it will make the wine appear dull and bland. A not too sweet wine goes well with a fruit or nut tart dessert.

Wow! Drew, thank you so much!! How is that for some fantastic wine education information and a great introduction to The Wine Sage, Drew Feinberg. He can be reached at, 561-252-8160.

Drew, I look forward to working with you soon on some more wine education and food and wine pairing seminars for yacht stewardess training and estate managers in the Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale area. Readers, please drop me a line for more information!!

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