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Porter Family & Euphemia Haye, Rhine River, June 2019


With it’s castles, historic towns and terraced vineyards, so beautiful is the Rhine Valley; the entire region is a treasured UNESCO site, notable for its breathtaking Rhine Gorge and iconic Lorelei Rock. From cosmopolitan Amsterdam, let the Rhine River gently ferry you through storybook villages to discover Roman ruins, ancient fortresses, and spectacular Gothic cathedrals. Along the way you will be pampered aboard the 106 guest Crystal Debussy with spacious suites,  included shore excursions, 6-star Michelin inspired dining and more all paired to exclusive Porter Family Vineyards and Euphemia Haye events. Tom & Bev Porter will be selecting some of their favorite Porter Family vintages to share exclusively with you aboard at a variety of dinners and tasting events, and Chef Arpke will tantalize your senses with a cooking demonstration aboard ship and foodie walks ashore. 
Guests wishing to participate in all Porter Family Vineyards & Euphemia Haye events must book through MmMmTravel. Anyone making their reservation elsewhere (including directly with Crystal) will not be included. 

Cruise Highlights

Why Crystal Cruises by MmMmTravel?

Exclusive events hosted onboard by Tom & Beverly Porter, founders of Porter Family Vineyards and Chef Ray Arpke, Executive Chef and Proprietor of Euphemia Haye include receptions, wine dinners & a cooking demo, all complimentary to you, as our guest.
 
MmMmTravel Service: A dedicated team of professionals with over 40 years of experience working together to plan your perfect vacation.

Crystal Cruises’ all-inclusive value provides:

  • Complimentary Pre-paid gratuities throughout for housekeeping, bar, dining staff and butlers
  • Innovative dining, featuring Crystal’s innovative and acclaimed six-star cuisine, highlighted by regional specialties
  • Open bar with complimentary fine wines, champagne, premium spirits, beer and non-alcoholic beverages including bottled water, specialty coffees, tea, soft drinks and fresh juices
  • Complimentary Crystal Adventures ashore, featuring both cultural and soft/extreme adventures, depending on the port, including e-bikes, Nordic walking poles, tour audio system & more.
  • Destination-focused entertainment and enrichment program, including onboard lecture series with destination experts aboard
  • Personal butler service 
  • Gym with state-of-the-art fitness equipment; daily yoga & fitness sessions
  • WiFi/Internet availability

 

Itinerary

DATE PORTS ARRIVAL DEPART
Jun 19, W Amsterdam, Netherlands Embark Overnight
Porter Family Vineyards & Euphemia Haye Welcome Reception & Dinner*
Jun 20, Th Amsterdam, Netherlands   Overnight
Jun 21, F Amsterdam, Netherlands   2:00 PM
Jun 22, Sa Cruising the Rhine River
Porter Family Vineyards Wine Tasting, followed by casual group lunch before arrival in Cologne*
Cologne, Germany 1:00 PM 11:00 PM
Jun 23, Su Cruising the Rhine River    
Koblenz, Germany 9:00 AM Overnight
Jun 24, M Koblenz, Germany   7:00 AM
Cruising the Rhine River
Euphemia Haye Cooking Demo with Chef Ray Arpke (before arrival in Rudesheim)*
Rüdesheim, Germany 2:00 PM 10:00 PM
Jun 25, Tu Speyer, Germany 11:00 AM 8:00 PM
Porter Family Vineyards & Euphemia Haye Reception & Wine Dinner*
Jun 26, W Strasbourg, France 9:00 AM 10:00 PM
Jun 27, Th Breisach, Germany 9:00 AM 9:00 PM
Jun 28, F Basel, Switzerland 8:00 AM Overnight
Porter Family Vineyards & Euphemia Haye  Farewell Reception & Dinner*
Jun 29, Sa Basel, Switzerland Disembark am

*Events, times, locations subject to final confirmation once aboard ship.  Invitations will be delivered evening prior to event aboard to guests suites. All onboard events with Porter Family Vineyards and Euphemia Haye are complimentary to you as a guest of MmMmTravel.  Only guests booked through MmMmTravel will have access to all Porter Family Vineyards & Euphemia Haye events. Pre and Post cruise programs are available upon request.

 

Pricing

Your Cruise-Only River Yacht Fare includes all dining, all beverages including fine wines, champagne, premium spirits, local beer, and all non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, soft drinks and specialty coffees; gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff; Butler service; a choice of guided Crystal Adventures shore excursion in every port and much more.

Guests wishing to participate in all Porter Family Vineyards and Euphemia Haye events aboard must book through MmMmTravel. Guests booking elsewhere, including directly with Crystal,  will not be included in all events. 

Please Note: This voyage is sold out and is accepting Waitlist Reservations. Contact MmMmTravel at (831) 659-0151 or Cruises@MmMmTravel.com for today’s most up to date availability or to make a Waitlist Reservation.

Suite MmMmTravel
Group Fares*
Crystal Society Saves
S5: Petite Suite
Balcony Window, 188 sq. ft
$5,465 $145
S4: Petite Suite
Balcony Window, 188 sq. ft
$5,725 $155
S3: River Suite
Balcony Window, 253 sq. ft
$6,530 $175
S2: River Suite
Balcony Window, 253 sq. ft
$7,070 $185
S1: River Suite
Balcony Window, 253 sq. ft
$7,865 $205
CP: 1 Bedroom Suite
Balcony Window, 506 sq. ft
Waitlist TBA
CS: 2 Bedroom Suite
Balcony Window, 750 sq. ft
Waitlist TBA

 

*MmMmTravel Fares are per person in U.S. dollars based on double occupancy. Fares above include a $100 per person add-collect over Crystal’s promotional fares to help offset the cost of shipping and other expenses associated with getting the wines to the ship for our private events.  Pricing does not include airfare, recommended travel insurance or taxes, or fees and port charges of $250 per person. Fares show does not guarantee availability, and fares will increase as the ship fills. Single traveler and triple rates available upon request. All offers may not be combinable with other promotions, apply to first two full-fare guests in stateroom or suite, are capacity-controlled, subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice. Optional Personal Select Air Program is available to purchase for full-fare, full-cruise guests whose travel originates from a U.S. or Canadian airport, and include all government fees and taxes. Solo Traveler Fares are available upon request. Crystal Society savings are per person based on double occupancy. For Cruise Fare and Promotional Information click here. For General Ticket Terms and Conditions, click here. Crystal Cruises reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares, fees, promotions and programs at any time with or without notice.

 

Ports

Large Map ImageEveryone has an image of Amsterdam. For some, it’s small boats gliding on the canals and locals two-wheeling on bikes to and from work and, as frequently, to meet friends for drinks. For others, it’s gabled buildings leaning, seemingly precariously, over cobbled streets and cozy taverns illuminated by candles. Still others imagine tulips in bloom and the colors, both muted and vibrant, of the paintings Vermeer, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. All images are true and even more beguiling when experienced in person. Sit a spell in a convivial cafe, explore world-class museums and feel the significance of a unique history—one of a city reclaimed from the sea, rising in prestige and influence as merchants built trade and wealth, and forever known for its attics and attitudes that offered refuge from war. Narrow streets and great manses tell the story not only in images but with the aroma of appeltaart, a taste of the avant garde in newly constructed buildings and a feeling of warmth from the amiable locals.

A scan of Cologne’s skyline offers a short-hand of a long essay of architecture, varying from the space-needle-type Rhine Tower to the avant-garde buildings along the river to the spectacular spires of the cathedral. One look at the magnificent church and you can’t help but draw a breath of amazement—the structure is enormous and intricately glorious, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Germany’s most visited landmark. Peel your eyes away from the famed Kölner Dom, as it is locally called, to discover other architectural notables, including remains of the Roman wall, a modern museum complex, the contemporary philharmonic hall, cozy beerhalls and the span of the Hohenzollern Bridge, reconstructed after the war.

Located where the Rhine and Moselle rivers and three low mountain ranges meet, Koblenz has a leg up in the scenery department. Add to that the city’s 2,000-year-old history, hilltop fortress and squares lined by classic Germanic architecture and you have a place ready made for photographs. You might start by aiming your lens at the Deutsches Eck, or German Corner, where the rivers merge around a corner of land marked by a monument to Emperor William I. Ambling along the river promenade and exploring the town’s narrow lanes, you might encounter medieval churches, flower-filled parks, sidewalk cafes and perhaps a weinstube, or wine tavern, an ideal venue for sipping dry Riesling and drinking in the atmosphere.

If Rüdesheim’s scenic location on the Rhine Gorge doesn’t sweep you off your feet, then the town’s medieval Old Town with its half-timbered buildings and narrow lanes, especially the Drosselgasse overflowing with charming shops and taverns, surely will. Still more that promises to enchant and delight is the region’s renowned Rieslings, produced here for centuries from vineyards dating to Roman times. A glass of white wine or the other local specialty, Asbach brandy, sipped amid historic surroundings can make the heart flutter, not necessarily from the effects of the spirits but from the simple beauty of one of Germany’s, if not the world’s, most romantic locales.

Spared the destruction that befell much of Germany during World War II, Speyer is a preserved window on time, looking onto a history that reaches not only to the Roman age but farther back, to the time of settlement by the Celts. Cobbled streets wind through the centuries, passing half-timbered buildings, the remains of a medieval synagogue, fine museums and festive taverns, culminating at the town’s Romanesque cathedral, called Kaiserdom. Enormous both in scale and significance, the UNESCO-listed church dates to 1030 and houses the tombs of eight Holy Roman emperors and German kings. Look at it from any perspective—on the approach to its red sandstone walls, inside its vast interior spaces or within the context of time—and the basilica is a marvel, considered a hallmark of 11th- and 12th-century architecture.

Strasbourg, listed as a World Heritage Site since 1988, was the first urban centre in France to be classified by UNESCO. Despite the occurrence of various wars, Strasbourg has managed to preserve its exceptionally varied heritage, which shows us the city’s evolution from Roman times through to the present day. The cathedral, “a gigantic and delicate marvel” in the words of Victor Hugo, can be seen from miles around. Strasbourg has become renowned for its cuisine across France and even Europe; in “winstubs”  small wine bars typical of Strasbourg home-cooked traditional dishes can be enjoyed, as well as the traditional wines of Alsace. With its large pedestrian centre, gentle waterways, characterful quarters, countless parks and green spaces, and luxury boutiques, Strasbourg has established itself as both a warm, welcoming city full of authenticity, and a modern, cosmopolitan metropolis!

Situated along the Rhine about halfway between the supremely scenic towns of Freiburg and Colmar, Breisach is the perfect place from which to launch explorations into the surrounding Black Forest. Yet there is much to keep travelers within the embrace of this lively city, including its Romanesque church with late-Gothic altar and cobbled streets lined by pastel-hued buildings. Just a few miles west of Breisach is the remarkable star-shaped fortress town of Neuf-Brisach, or New Breisach, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On the three-border intersection of Switzerland, Germany and France and unfolding in two sections from the banks of the Rhine, Basel has an international flair, a cultural vibrancy and is picturesque besides. A medieval town center invites exploration by foot, while an abundance of museums and galleries suggest an indoor stroll amid works of art and relics of history. The Museum of Fine Arts is home to the world’s oldest art collection accessible to the public. The city itself hosts Switzerland’s oldest university, dating to 1460. Antiquity may be Basel’s strong suit, as it is in much of Europe, but this corner of Switzerland also reveals a more modern countenance: Architects Herzog & de Meuron, best known for the design of the Tate Modern in London and the Bird’s Nest in Beijing, and Frank Gehry of Bilbao Guggenheim Museum fame have contributed their considerable talents to buildings here.

 

 

Pre & Post Cruise

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Crystal Debussy

From the regal cities of Amsterdam, Vienna, Budapest, Frankfurt, Paris, Bordeaux and Basel, explore the Danube, Rhine, Main, Moselle, Seine, Garonne and Dordogne rivers on Crystal River Cruises with gorgeous, ever-changing panoramas of enchanting villages and lush landscapes. In-depth explorations and overnight stays in the heart of Europe’s cities and towns provide a vibrant and memorable experience.

The hallmarks of the Crystal brand – service, space, quality and choices – usher in a new era in European river exploration with Crystal River Yachts. With its signature All-Inclusive philosophy, Crystal offers an encompassing luxury experience: butler service for every suite; six-star service and truly exceptional food; unique Crystal Adventures that deliver memorable destination experiences – all working in synch to transpose the World’s Best Ocean Cruising to the World’s Best River Cruising. Crystal will redefine luxury river cruising.

Crystal Debussy, River Yacht Specifications

  • Total berths: 106 (Note: Third berths available on request)
  • Total Guest Suites: 53
    • CS (1) – Two Bedroom Crystal Suite
    • S1 (14) – Spacious Suite with Panoramic Balcony-Window
    • S2 (20) – Spacious Suite with Panoramic Balcony-Window
    • S3 (1) – Spacious Suite with Panoramic Balcony-Window
    • S4 (8) – Petite Suite with Panoramic Balcony-Window
    • S5 (8) – Petite Suite with Panoramic Balcony-Window
  • Length: 442 feet/135 meters
  • Width: 37.7 feet/11.5 meters
  • Crew: 68

 

Onboard entertainment and enrichment programs

  • Daily yoga and fitness classes
  • Daily choice of electronic international newspapers
  • Self-service guest laundry
  • Choice of complimentary curated Crystal Adventures shore excursions in every port
  • Complimentary Nordic walking poles & e-bikes
  • Complimentary audio headphones on all organized Crystal Adventures
  • Complimentary group airport transfers to/from river yacht to airport by motor coach on embarkation and disembarkation days only

 

Dining

  • A la carte, buffet and early risers breakfast offerings
  • Multiple dining venues
  • Open seating dining
  • Crystal Casual dress code
  • European sourced and trained chefs and hotel staff
  • 24 hour self serve stocked pantry

 

Shipboard Public Spaces

  • Fitness Center with state-of-the-art TechnoGym equipment and dedicated yoga area
  • Massage services
  • Library
  • Non-smoking environment in all indoor spaces (Except Connoisseur Club on Crystal Mozart)
  • Onboard currency exchange – shipboard currency Euros

 

Onboard Entertainment & Enrichment

  • Destination-focused entertainment and enrichment program, including onboard lecture series
  • Destination expert on each voyage

 

Suites

  • Twice daily housekeeping services including evening turndown service
  • In-suite hors d’oeuvres
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat-screen TV in each suite
  • English-speaking and international TV stations
  • Butler service for each suite

 

Chef Ray Arpke

ABOUT CHEF RAY ARPKE | EUPHEMIA HAYE EXECUTIVE CHEF & PROPRIETOR

Chef Raymond ArpkeRaymond Arpke is a renowned chef known for his high culinary standards and his joyful approach to food and life. As owner and executive chef of Euphemia Haye in Longboat Key, Florida, Chef Ray creates sophisticated cuisine and an unparalleled dining experience that has been pleasing palettes for over 30 years.

Chef Ray’s love of food and his lighthearted-approach in the kitchen comes from his unique upbringing. Ray was raised in mental institution, not as a patient, but rather as a resident – the Sheboygan County Hospital in central Wisconsin was the place he called home. When Ray was growing up, his father was the institution’s superintendent and his whole family resided in an apartment that was located in the middle of the hospital. Ray was inspired by his surroundings – the patients were his playmates and the kitchen was his favorite hangout. He learned from the German and Swedish chefs who ran the kitchen and was excited by the gourmet fare they created. Their creations, such as Seafood Newburg and Lobster Thermidor, were significantly different than the typical dinners that were being served on other Midwestern tables.

The hospital had its own farm, dairy, garden and orchards. Ray sat on the kitchen counter and watched as everything was made from scratch; as strawberries from the garden were turned into strawberry shortcake topped with fresh cream from their cows, as pigs from the farm became pork chops topped with apple sauce made from apples that Ray had picked from the orchard. Yes, Ray experienced “from farm to table” before it was trendy. It was in the kitchen of the county hospital that food became Ray’s obsession and his sanity. When Ray’s mom was asked about the difficulties of running a mental institution she would say, “Well, you don’t have to be crazy, but it helps!”

While still living at the County Hospital, Ray began working as a salad chef at the local country club. Within three months, he became the head chef. After graduating from high school and moving out of the County Hospital at age 18, Ray started his formal training at the Milwaukee Area Technical College where he received an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts. Ray soon became the chef at Wisconsin’s classic German restaurant, Stemmelers White Coach Inn. Guests were lured in by the live accordion polka music but they kept coming back for Chef Ray’s delicious Sauerbraten.

In I974, Ray relocated to Florida where he was the chef at Colony Beach and Tennis Resort on Longboat Key and then at the distinguished Café L’Europe at Sarasota’s St. Armands Circle. In 1980, Chef Ray and his wife D’Arcy purchased the Euphemia Haye restaurant on Longboat Key where they have maintained the restaurant’s exacting standards and intimate atmosphere while enhancing it with unique touches and culinary creativity.  Under Chef Ray’s guidance and expertise, Euphemia Haye has won numerous awards including Wine Spectator Magazine’s Award of Excellence, Zagat’s Top 1%, Fodor Travel’s Fodor Choice Award and Florida Trend Magazine’s Golden Spoon Hall of Fame Awards.

In 2005, Chef Ray was an Honored Guest Chef at the James Beard House in New York City for Thanksgiving dinner. 2010 brought excitement as Chef Ray was a finalist in ABC Nightline’s “People’s Platelist” Contest where the public voted for their favorite chef in the nation.  With his sharp wit and easy-going teaching style, Chef Ray is a popular guest chef on local news and television shows, including multiple appearances on the “Chef on a Shoestring” segment on CBS Saturday Morning show and the “Tailgate Chef” on two seasons of FOX 13’s “Tailgate Sunday.” He has conducted many live cooking demonstrations for “Forks and Corks Food and Wine Fest,” Bloomingdales, William-Sonoma, Kohlers, Wisconsin Cheese Board and the Culinary Loft in New York City. In 2010 and 2011, Chef Ray was the featured chef at the Festival of Flavors in Eagle River, Wisconsin.

In 2000, Chef Ray launched his own line of bottled sauces including Chef Raymond’s Famous Euphemia Haye Steak Sauce. Chef Ray published a cookbook and autobiography 2006 aptly named, “You Don’t Have to be Crazy, But it Helps: Recipes and Rantings of a Mad Man.”

Chef Ray’s love and longtime passion includes teaching others some of the cooking secrets he’s learned during his adventures in the kitchen. In 1996, Chef Ray started teaching “Lesson Luncheons” at Euphemia Haye which continue to be sold-out events. In the classes, he teaches participants a three-course menu including recipes for classic Euphemia favorites along with some new “Mad Man Chef” inventions.

Whether he’s in the Euphemia kitchen during dinner rush or in front of a TV camera, Chef Ray still quotes his mom saying, “You don’t have to be crazy, but it helps.” Euphemia Haye diners and Chef Ray’s students are looking forward to whatever the Mad Man Chef will create next.

 

Porter Family Vineyards

About Porter Family Vineyards: A story of science, love and sandpipers. Yes, sandpipers.

Seated: Tim Porter, Bev and Tom Porter, Heather and Steven Wolfe
Making mischief: Alex, CharLee, Madison

We (Tom and Beverly Porter) wanted to grow a few grapes and perhaps start a winery one day. But no idea stays little for very long with the Porter Family. All of us are avid scientists, once our family purchased this wonderful property south of the Stag’s Leap district in Napa Valley, we began to study it and discover its joys. During that process, we unearthed an intriguing piece of history which gave us clues to the history of life on Earth itself.

We discovered the fossilized footprints of a sandpiper dating back millions upon millions of years ago, only heightening our wonder and love of this property. Of course, we continue to study it, and discover more. And each day we find new reasons to love and treasure it.

“We love the wonders of nature and the rules that connect these wonders together in endless patterns,” says Tom Porter.

“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.”
~ Edwin Powell Hubble, The Nature of Science, 1954

This love affair with the land began with patience. Our family watched the hillsides, the terrain, and the seasons. We studied the vines, the soil, and put our faces up to the wind. As we followed the growth of the vines, we realized we absolutely had to share this land with others—to turn the fruit of this place into a wine to be shared by many. Not wanting to disturb the terrain we had come to know and love, we decided that the best thing to do was to create an underground cellar in which to craft our wines. So in a hillside in the middle of the vineyard, we created a winery. The only clue to its existence is two entrances on either end. Vines still stand up and around and over the hill.

“It was here, in creating our 17,000 square foot underground cellar, that we discovered the long ago history of this land in the form of our sandpiper’s fossilized footsteps. It was an electrifying find,” says Tom Porter.

“The hill actually began as a shoreline millions of years ago,” says Tom. “Over the millennia, it was uplifted into the hills above our vineyard, and then much later slumped downhill to its present location. The tracks of that tiny bird, once on the surface of a sandy beach that was catastrophically covered with volcanic ash, were only discovered when we dug into the hillside to create our winery. Buried many feet below the surface, it was a reminder that we are not the first to tread this ground, nor will we be the last. And it is our responsibility to steward this land in a way that protects and preserves it, not just for our children, but for the planet.”

The fossil has now become part of our family, and the sandpiper from long ago now leaves its tracks on every label of Porter Family Vineyards wine. “It’s part of us now,” says Tom. “In one way, we discovered it – but in another way, it has discovered us and led us to understand so much more about this place, and our role in it.”

“Science does not know its debt to imagination.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Tom & Bev Porter

About Tom Porter, Owner of Porter Family Vineyards

“The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” ~Eden Phillpotts, A Shadow Passes

Tom Porter grew up in Adrian, Michigan with an intense interest in science and technology. His father was a chemist, affording Tom access to the chemicals necessary to build rockets in the basement, among other experiments. His journey towards electronics occurred after a few explosions on the launch pad, which led his father to rather forcefully suggest that perhaps Tom should consider applying his energies to some other less volatile science projects.

After high school, Tom enrolled at Michigan Tech in the electrical engineering program, and in June 1968, one week after graduation, he drove to Rochester, Minnesota to begin what turned out to be a 27 year career at IBM.

For the first ten years of his career at IBM , Tom worked in a small independent group called Custom Systems that gave him the opportunity to work on a broad spectrum of exciting projects including the development of IBM’s first digital modem and the automated ticketing system for the Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART). He is proud to note that his work there also included a patent for the mechanics inside the 3.5 inch floppy disk that ultimately became the industry standard and shipped in every PC for nearly 20 years. While at IBM, Tom was inducted into the IBM Academy of Technology.

In 1978, IBM started Tom on a new career in technology management, spanning 25 years and three companies. Most recently he was CTO and Executive Vice President of Product Development at Seagate Technology, where he was responsible for a $600 million annual R&D budget. His natural curiosity about the world and how it works has led him to a constant exploration of his surroundings, and this is evident in every detail of Porter Family Vineyards, from the detailed record-keeping on every block of vineyard, to the painstaking analysis of every barrel of wine.

As Tom and Beverly have learned about the vineyard and the wines, they have been enormously gratified to see that their daughter, her husband, and their son have all decided to move to Napa and join them in the research and development of this new vineyard and winery adventure. Each of them brings a different discipline and a different expertise, but all of them bring an inherent curiosity, a respect for the scientific method, and a sense of wonder for this unique vineyard property.

In their free time Tom and Beverly love to travel, and have established a family foundation that supports children in need. Over the past few years they have also helped build a children’s home in Tanzania, Africa, supported a teen group in Sarasota, Florida, and aided troubled children in Boston.

Besides making wine, Tom is currently chasing an old dream of automobile racing. Several times a year, he straps himself into a racecar and chases “30 or 40 other fools” around a race track at speeds he only dreamed of as a teenager. His favorite car to race is a 500HP 1965 Shelby tubular frame Cobra.

About Beverly Porter, Owner of Porter Family Vineyards

“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” ~Immanuel Kant 1724-1804

Beverly Porter was born in Evergreen Park Illinois, a quiet suburb of Chicago. Her parents were children of first and second-generation immigrants from Germany. While her father owned his own business in Chicago, he had always wanted to own a resort in northern Minnesota. When Beverly turned 12 he followed his heart and sold the business and house and moved the family to a small town 90 miles from the Canadian border, Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Beverly and her brother finished school in Grand Rapids, and she later moved back to Chicago for a few years to work for Western Electric as a secretary. In 1967 she moved to Rochester, Minnesota, where she met Tom Porter, who was a young engineer at IBM.

Family life included three children, and for a few years, Beverly was a stay-at-home Mom. Once the children were in school, she took on a series of managerial positions at small companies and duties at various school charities. When their youngest child, Heather, started college, Beverly took advantage of the empty nest to travel with Tom while he was working for Seagate Technology.

In 2002, Beverly and Tom established the Porter Family Foundation with a focus on serving children at risk. It was something she had always wanted to do, and was a natural progression from her work in the schools when her own children were small. Beverly served as Treasurer until recently when she took on the overall responsibility for managing the foundation as President.

Tom and Beverly had always found the Napa Valley a wonderful place to visit when they needed to relax—and they had always dreamed of having some land with grapes and someday making their own wine. That dream has now come true—but it is a better dream than Beverly could ever have imagined. Their purchase Porter Family Vineyards resulted in a wonderful and unplanned consequence: son Timothy and daughter Heather and son-in-law Steven Wolfe have all joined the team, and the family now works together on a daily basis.

 

 
 

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