American Empress Launches Wine Program Visiting Oregon's Willamette Valley Vineyards

In celebration of the American Empress' inaugural season and her itineraries through the heart of Oregon and Washington wine country, the American Queen Steamboat Company announced a wine program featuring over 40 vineyards from across the region. Special tastings, visits to wineries and onboard winemaker lectures are among the program highlights. To kick off the christening voyage and VIP celebration on April 5, Willamette Valley Vineyards has been selected as the first vineyard to be visited.

The Willamette Valley Vineyards 2012 Bernau Block Pinot Noir will be previewed at the April 5 christening dinner and not publically released until May 3, 2014. Additional vintages to be served will be the 2011 Estate Chardonnay and 2013 Riesling. Guests sailing on the American Empress inaugural voyage will receive a bottle of the Willamette Valley Vineyards 2012 Estate Pinot Noir.

American Empress' maiden voyage will be a nine-day journey immersing guests in the Columbia and Snake Rivers, departing from Vancouver U.S.A. Stops include ports such as Astoria, Ore.; Stevenson, Wash.; The Dalles, Ore.; Sacajawea State Park, Wash., and Clarkston, Wash. Complimentary shore excursions will be available in every port and include the cultural and historical landmarks.

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