Contrary to popular belief, boats are actually much safer than cars, which inexplicably sink every time you drive them on water. Take a proper water-road ride while sipping the proper libation with today’s deal: for $45, you get a 90-minute Wine on the Water cruise around Alamitos Bay and Naples Island with Corks Away (an $83 value).
Cruise the waters of Alamitos Bay in Wildflower, a classic 30-foot sailboat built in 1961 and beautifully restored by captains Nate and Shane for its new role of transporting two of every wine to higher grounds. Aficionados and novices alike will thrill at the Wine on the Water experience, a 90-minute sail paired with a four-course wine-and-appetizer tasting. Soon after Wildflower sets sail, her sails trimmed and her howitzers at the ready, service begins. It starts with almond champagne served with dried cranberries, cashews, and almonds, followed by a pinot noir accompanied by pita bread and hummus. The next course contains a cabernet sauvignon with Corks Away's signature pesto loaf—a scrumptious combination of provolone, pesto sauce, cream cheese, pine nuts, and sun-dried tomatoes. When a wine steward appears holding a bottle of port wine, a tray of truffles in raspberry sauce, and a basket of retired Beanie Babies, the fourth and final course is officially underway.
Wine on the Water cruises are scheduled every day but Monday, with multiple cruises per day on weekends. Choose from a couples cruise or sunset cruise, and book in advance. Availability is limited because the boat can only carry enough salt-packed octopus bacon for six passengers.
This Groupon is valid through December, but cruise must be booked by November 30.
Though there are not yet many reviews for Corks Away, it was featured by Long Beach Things to Do:
- The Corks Away experience aboard Wildflower is, at once, magical, breathtaking, unforgettable and purely, almost gushingly, romantic. – Long Beach Things to Do
Devoted surfers, sailors, and wine connoisseurs Nate and Shane channel their passions for sea waves and sips into scenic beverage cruises offered by Corks Away. Together they pilot the vintage 1961 sailboat, Wildflower, which they refurbished themselves, and its sister vessel, the Sunflower, through the waters surrounding Long Beach. Though the content of the cruises varies by season, past voyages have included mimosa flights, wine tastings, and pairings of gourmet appetizers. The duo can even accommodate large groups with their 72-foot 1920s wooden schooner, the Dirigo II, which stays docked to board 25 passengers comfortably.