Jeff Coggin

Newnan, GA

Specialist in Pairing Wine with Travel

My entire life has centered on the travel. I was born into the travel business, being the son of a renowned airline executive. My family and career in the travel industry enabled me to travel the world for business and leisure. Through my travels, I developed a keen interest in wine and our recent vacations have been in wine regions such as Rhone, Bordeaux and Mosel. In 2020, my interest in wine led me to enroll in sommelier training and I now have a Level 2 Award in Wine (with Distinction) from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. I specialize in pairing wine with travel and focus on taking my customers to the wine regions of the world on small ship cruises. In addition to being a wine sommelier, I am a CLIA Accredited Cruise Counselor, an ASTA Verified Travel Advisor and a Certified North America Destination Expert. Let me show you a luxurious vacation to the wine regions of the world.

My Travel Specialties

Wine Sommelier

The wine regions of the world are typically found in river valleys or along the banks of the seashore, which makes small ship cruising ideal.

The river valleys of Europe served as my inspiration to become a wine sommelier.  Your journey can be through the Rhone river valley, learning the different...
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The Beautiful Douro River Valley

European Vacation Specialist

Whether by ocean, river or land, I have the knowledge, wisdom and insight to help you in making the most of your Europe Vacation.

Europe Vacations are exciting, regardless of your mode of travel.  By the river, you visit smaller towns with local flavor.  Places such as Avignon, Rouen, Mainz,...
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Roman Ruins in Vienne France

Certified North America Destination Specialist

I can take you to fascinating places in the United States and Canada.  Picture yourself along with mountainous glaciers of Glacier National Park, or at the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone.  California has so much to offer with Napa Valley and Pebble Beach, or travel further north in the Pacific and...
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Glacier National Park in Montana

River Cruising American Style

Do you want to cruise but want to stay closer to home, in the USA?  American Cruise Lines offers all USA itineraries on America's rivers and coastal waters.

My wife Cindy and I were treated to a Familiarization cruise on the Mississippi River with American Cruise Lines sailing from New Orleans...
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Fantastic cruise on American Harmony

Cruising with Family and Friends

Cruising is a great way for large and multi generation families and friends to vacation together.  Cruises offer a wide variety of ships, activities and destinations.

Let's work together to cut through the clutter of cruise options to find the best vacation for you and your family.

Enjoying Family and Friends on Oceania Cruises

Travel Industry Leader

Sometimes who you know is more important than what you know, and I can draw on an extensive network within the travel industy.  I have been called "the Mayor of the Travel Industry." 

I managed the Enterprise Holdings travel agency sales and marketing program and in 2017 was named the ASTA...
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ASTA's 2017 Supplier Partner of the Year

European Christmas Markets

European Christmas markets create the sense of an  angel-like "spirit of Christmas."

We visited several Christmas markets while cruising the Rhine river through Germany and France.  Our favorite market was in Colon, Germany, where they have seven different markets.  The Christmas market tradition...
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Christmas Market in Colon, Germany

Golf Vacations

Staying at the Old Course Hotel and golfing on the Old Course, as well as several other St. Andrews area golf courses, was the vacation of a lifetime.  The topper was the opportunity to visit and play Gleneagles for a second time.  At Gleneagles, I much prefer the Kings and Queens courses to Centenary.

Ireland...
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Jeff with his golfing buddies at St. Andrews

European History

From the Prague Castle to the Tower of London, from the Charge of the Light Brigade to the landing beaches of Normandy, from the Acropolis to the Colosseum, from the Blue Mosque to the Vatican.

Europe has seen the rise and fall of several empires, served as the crucible for scientific dynamism,...
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Jeff at Longues-sur-Mer overlooking Omaha Beach

European Art

Whether you are just starting out on your art appreciation journey and well down the path, I can help you find art centered cultural experiences across a range of different European cities and countries.

Our favorite European art city is Amsterdam, with the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum. ...
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Van Gogh in Arles

French Wine Enthusiast

Do you want to learn more about French wines, the different appellations, the grapes and how the Terroir impacts the flavor and quality of the wine?  Do you want to taste wines in intimate, family owned wineries and Chateaus with an unmistakable "sense of place?"

I have traveled throughout...
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Wine tasting in the Fronsac region of Bordeaux

My Travel Stories

Rhone River Cruise

Our trip started in Lyon, the culinary capital of France, although I opted out of traditional Lyonnaise Bouchon, which specializes in organ meat.  Lyon is a beautiful city with a rich history and was enjoyable to visit.

From there we visited a small family winery in Beaujolais, where the wine...Read more.

Destination Expert:

  • Europe
  • France
  • Germany
  • Scotland
  • Spain
  • USA
  • Caribbean
  • Bordeaux
  • Ireland
  • Austria
  • Burgundy
  • Italy
  • Pommard
  • United Kingdom
  • Provence
  • Greece

Travel Specialist:

  • Car Travel
  • Christmas Markets
  • Cruises
  • European Culture
  • Food & Wine
  • Golf
  • Historical Sites
  • River Cruises
  • Small Ship Cruises
  • Culinary & Foodie
  • Military
  • Museums
  • National Parks
  • Escorted Tours

Top Travel Partners:

  • Alamo Rent a Car
  • AmaWaterways
  • Amtrak Vacations
  • Delta Vacations
  • Princess Cruises®
  • Avalon Waterways
  • Globus
  • National Car Rental
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Enterprise
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Monograms
  • Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours

Certifications/Awards:

  • CTC
  • Certified Travel Counselor
  • Accredited Cruise Counselor
  • ASTA Verified Travel Advisor
  • Certified North America Destination Specialist
  • Wine Sommelier with a Level 2 Award in Wine

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