Wildstar Wine Tours is an epicurean odyssey, a behind-the-scenes exploration into the world of wine, food, culture and art, all enjoyed in the lavish comfort of luxurious European Villas and Chateaux.
The company was created in 2011 when Ryan Wildstar and his husband Ryan O’Connell-Elston left their big-city careers as a French wine importer and an English professor, respectively, to relocate to a small island in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to having lived in Paris for over 5 years and visited Europe annually for the last 15 years, the two drew on their professional experiences and created Wildstar Wine Tours to provide their guests with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the European culture and lifestyle. The tours feature guided visits to the region’s villages, ancient monuments, renowned restaurants and celebrated winemakers (all of whom Ryan Wildstar has worked with professionally for the last 10 years).
WHO WE ARE
Over the last 25 years, Ryan Wildstar has worked professionally as a musician, poet, playwright, visual artist, editor, actor, theater director, producer, translator, educator, Sommelier and culinary/wine professional. As a graduate of the Universite de la Sorbonnewith a degree in French Civilization and Language, Wildstar has worked as a French wine importer for the last 10 years as well as a Sommelier for top restaurants in Seattle, Los Angeles and Paris over the last 20 years.
After graduating with honors from the Honors/Great Books Program at Seattle Universityas an English major with minors in Art History, Women’s Studies and Philosophy, Ryan O’Connell-Elston spent the next five years living in Paris writing his first novel, teaching English and studying art. After relocating to Los Angeles in 2005, he spent the next 6 years teaching Honors English at Cleveland High School and as an English Professor/Education Department Coordinator at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Currently, he is finishing his second novel and teaching night classes in Bellingham, WA.