m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Daniel and Sam Baron

Winemakers, Complant Wines
Complant Wine owners, Daniel & Sam Baron.

Daniel Baron

Daniel Baron began his career in the early 1970s as a hippie vineyard worker in Knight’s Valley, north of Calistoga, California. He was part of the early vineyard crew at Chateau Montelena in 1973 and then moved on to study with Dr. Harold Olmo at UC Davis.

In 1978, Daniel moved to Philo, where, in addition to being one of the founding members of One Less Clown, he was vineyard manager and assistant winemaker at Navarro Vineyards. In 1981, he left California for France; his intended one-year sabbatical ultimately led to two vintages in the vineyards of Bordeaux. The year 1982 was spent living and working at Chateau Petrus, an experience that left an indelible mark not only on his winemaking but on his no-doubt annoying habit of dressing like a French peasant.

His association with Christian Moueix, then owner of Petrus, led him back to California and resulted in a 12-year stint at Dominus. From 1988 to 1993, Daniel was the managing partner of Salmon Creek Cellars, producing barrel-fermented Carneros Chardonnay. In 1994, he accepted the winemaking position at Silver Oak Cellars, where he remained for 23 vintages.

In 1999 Daniel helped found Twomey Cellars for the Duncan family and eventually retired in December 2016 as Director of Winemaking for both Silver Oak and Twomey. He has recently returned to Bordeaux, where he is the first American to complete a Diploma in Pruning, returning to his roots in many ways—also taking advantage of the trips to replenish his wardrobe of peasant garb.

Sam Baron

Sam Baron grew up around vineyards and wine. After attending Vintage high school, he went on to UC Davis. Here, Sam graduated with a degree in Viticulture and Enology in 2012 and did internships in Napa, New Zealand, and Burgundy.

Early in his career, he worked in various aspects of vineyard management in both Napa and Sonoma Counties. His love of wine has led him on a journey seeking more and more knowledge in all aspects of the winegrowing process. From vineyards to wineries, production to sales, and New World to Old.

The Socratic nature of wine keeps him ever striving for more and better outcomes, vintage after vintage. Sam has been making the wines at Kivelstadt Cellars since the 2016 vintage. Complant fulfills one of Sam's lifelong dreams: to make wine alongside his greatest mentor, who also happens to be his father.

Join us aboard The Gauguin for a wine tasting and lecture by these passionate winemakers.

Complant Wine owners, Daniel & Sam Baron.

other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Onboard Lecturer Mark Eddowes onboard the luxurious m/s Paul Gauguin.
Onboard Lecturer
Multiple sailings

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.

Guest Lecturer
Multiple sailings

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.

Allie Mooney
Inspirational Speaker
October 3, 2020

Allie Mooney knows what makes people tick. And long experience as a successful “people interpreter” proves it. Find out for yourself how this internationally respected speaker and author can transform your life when you join her aboard The Gauguin.

Special Interest
Magician & Mentalist
Multiple sailings

A professional magician since 1998 and TV Star Magician in Brazil, Gustavo Vierini is skilled in illusion in all its forms. Be sure to be aboard as he brings his unique blend of magic and humor aboard select sailings of The Gauguin.

Multiple sailings

The Rolling Keys Duo (Sarah Watson and Will Stead) are two session musicians who have crafted a sound that has proven successful all over the world. Join us aboard select sailings of The Gauguin for a toe-tapping performance of popular classics from the Fifties to current chart hits.

Kim Stare Wallace & Don Wallace
President & Partner, Dry Creek Vineyard
October 14, 2020

Kim Stare Wallace has been passionate about the wine industry since her father founded Dry Creek Vineyard in 1972. Don quickly learned every aspect of the business upon marrying Kim. Join us aboard The Gauguin for the couple’s presentation on Dry Creek Vineyard and a tasting of their excellent wines.

Food & Wine
Clinical Psychologist
October 14, 2020

A healing, resilience, and optimal performance expert, Dr. Stephen Sideroff has developed a new and more comprehensive model of resilience that helps you achieve success while maintaining optimal health. Join us aboard The Gauguin, for a series of presentations designed to help you integrate the most advanced scientific and behavioral technologies with ancient traditions for optimal mind and body functioning.

Special Interest
November 11, 2020

A journalist and educator specializing in astronomy, Dan Benedict has been introducing cruise passengers with an interest in stargazing to the wonders of the night sky since 1998. Join us for a series of presentations and nighttime star watches led by this fascinating expert.

Marc Otway and Abi Uttley Guest Host Image
Multiple sailings

Expect an extremely fun evening of dancing and singing when Marc and Abi come aboard! Don’t miss very special sailings of The Gauguin, as this talented duo performs an exciting musical explosion of upbeat classics through the decades.

Paul Gauguin Cruises guest host George S. Losey Jr.
Marine Biologist
November 21, 2020

After receiving his Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, George S. Losey, Jr., left Florida for the warmer waters of the Hawaii and remained as a Professor and Researcher in Zoology at the Institute of Marine Biology. Over the course of his career, he has lived underwater as an aquanaut, dived in purse seines of the East Pacific fishing fleet, and visited marine labs from Israel to Australia. Join us aboard The Gauguin as George shares his expertise in a series of lectures—as well as relaxing, informal conversation.

Art History Professor
November 21, 2020

Acclaimed academic, Fulbright scholar, author, teacher, lecturer, and art historian and curator Caroline Boyle-Turner is a perennially popular guest host aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin. Join us aboard as she enriches your appreciation for our ship’s namesake and his circle of friends.

A group of guests stand against a railing, looking out at the Marquesas islands.
January 23, 2021

Come sail with us on our 2021 Reunion Cruise—a reunion for past guests of Paul Gauguin Cruises and a gala welcome for newcomers which presents a number of unique events, including special guests, a festive dinner, cocktail and block parties, opportunities to mingle with senior staff and crew, and more. This 11-night Tuamotus & Society Islands voyage includes two visits to Motu Mahana,  Paul Gauguin Cruises’ private islet.

Paul Gauguin Cruises guest host and winemake, Scott Harvey.
March 6, 2021

A native of California’s Sierra Mountains region, Scott Harvey developed a keen interest in wine as a high school foreign-exchange student in Germany. Between the two continents, he was fueled by an insatiable curiosity that they both could deliver, and he began developing a unique, signature style that blends influences of Old World Europe and New World California. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a presentation and tasting of his Amador Barbera and Zinfandel.

Food & Wine
Chef Jean Robert de Cavel
March 13, 2021

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.

Food & Wine
Owner/Winemakers, Pfeiffer Winery and Vineyards
March 27, 2021

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. Enjoy a wine lecture and a tasting of Pfeiffer Winery wines when Robin and Danuta join us aboard The Gauguin.

Food & Wine
Distinguished Professor of Cultural Geography
May 22, 2021

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.