Our Sommelier’s Philosophy Behind Finding the Perfect Vintage
Sommelier Ilija Marojevic is forever in search of the perfect wine, an enviable if daunting task. However, when your “office” is set in the heart of some of Europe’s greatest wine producing regions, and your colleagues are the talented culinary minds of Crystal River Cruises, the results are bound to be worth savoring.
In the latest episode of the Crystal MasterClass series, Ilija discusses his approach to not only offering guests the “safe” choices – expected vintages or wines that will pair well with virtually anything – but also truly memorable tastes that make an impression. His process involves exploring the fruits and wines of the world’s distinct winegrowing areas, though he naturally gravitates to the local specialties in the UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley, where Crystal River Cruises explores on Danube River itineraries. This enhances the culinary experience for guests, which is also greatly inspired by the destinations the ships explore.
In his research, Ilija visits the Stift Kosterneuburg winery in Austria, which boasts a winemaking heritage that spans 900 years. Watch as he offers a glimpse into his search for the perfect wine, and the perfect pairing.