Enticing Douro River Cruise, August 7-14, 2018 with thumbprint cellars

Scott Lindstrom-Dake

Scott Lindstrom-Dake, Founder/Winemaker of thumbprint cellars creates New World wines in an Old World style. A Northern California native, he had developed a taste for great wine, but couldn’t afford to buy them as a college student. After an inspiring trip to Florence, Italy to study Art History Scott decided to start making wine. Gleening grapes from local winegrowers around Healdsburg, CA gave Scott a unique perspective of the grape quality available from Sonoma County’s Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys. His first vintage was a success- he drank most of their bounty. MOST!

The “thumbprint wine” story is a unique one. With a gold pen he received, Scott aggressively shook the pen and pressed in the tip as directed. Rather than the flowing, graceful ink Scott had expected, the ink oozed all over the bottle. Using his thumb to wipe of the dripping gold ink, Scott inadvertently stuck a gold thumbprint on one of the other bottles. Soon, they all adorned one of Scott’s gold thumbprints. The wine was a hit and more of that “thumbprint wine” was requested! A passion and new wine brand were born.

Following the first release in 1995, each successive thumbprint vintage brought more demand. Scott’s first commercial vintage in 2000 sold out in fewer than six months following its release. A wine club was established and thumbprint wines became wildly popular.  Wine grapes are sourced from local growers from Sonoma County’s Dry Creek, Knights, Alexander and Russian River Valleys.  Each wine is a “snapshot” of each vineyard and vintage, telling a story about that special place and time. Scott crafts 20 single vineyard varietals and 5 “infamous” blends.  Total case production is less than 5,000 cases.

Scott has hosted wine cruises on the Rhône and Rhine rivers. His groups have raved about the attention to detail and enthusiasm for the local culture. It is our pleasure to invite you to join Scott on a marvelous voyage and adventure of Portugal’s beautiful Douro River and Valley. He and Erica look forward to seeing you on board.

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Please note: This tour and cruise program is created solely for the thumbprint cellars by our tour operator, Expanding Horizons of Tustin CA in conjunction with AmaWaterways. The program will contain private meals, tours and/or visits to attractions outside of scheduled cruise activities. These additional services are exclusive to guests on this cruise who book their reservations with Expanding Horizons. Persons booking with alternative travel agencies will not be included in these activities.