Boat Party

Boat Party

Box Cutty

No glass on the boat! Instead, bring aboard wine boxes. Don’t roll your eyes. There are decent options available. We like Domaine le Garrigon Côtes-du-Rhône, Bota Box Shiraz, Black Box Riesling and Steinschaden Grüner Veltliner.

Water Water Everywhere (but Not in Your Cocktail)

Mix your cocktail in a Thermos, then add flavored ice cubes, like jalapeño-spiked lemonade, or whatever jibes. It’ll add nuance while guarding against dilution.

Captain Cook-Less

Most boats boast spartan galleys—plus who wants to be below cooking? Here’s the perfect carry-on menu: Pork-and-beef-tenderloin baguette sandwiches with crumbled blue cheese, served with fresh-cut fruit and salad on the side.

Don’t Be A Drag

Haul your charter chow in reusable plastic bins, not heavy, clangy bowls or casserole dishes. And leave the plastic bags on shore—they can blow away and harm marine life.

Dish Out Of Water

High-quality acrylic glasses are essential, as are melamine plates and silverware. Melamine doesn’t require much water to clean, it doesn’t break and is easier to batten down than paper plates and flimsy disposable plastic cutlery.

Published on November 18, 2015
Topics: Hosting Tips, Travel Trends, Wine Trends
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Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen
Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors

Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen are Wine Enthusiast's Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors. DeSimone tastes wine from Israel and the Mediterranean Basin, while Jenssen tastes wine from Eastern Europe, including the former the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Both co-authored Wines of California, Wines of the Southern Hemisphere, and The Fire Island Cookbook. Wine educators and presenters, both gentlemen serve as frequent guests on national and local television. Email:

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