Wine aficionados and tasting rookies alike: take note! What has long been regarded as one of the most enriching wine programs offered on the high seas (and now rivers) is expanding, and offering more opportunities than ever for you to explore the wines of the world. Aboard Crystal Symphony, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Mozart, Vintage Room winemakers’ dinners have enticed the palates of guests during their world travels. Now, based on the popularity of these exclusively curated experiences, the Vintage Rooms’ offerings are expanding beyond dinnertime tasting sessions.
Here are the many opportunities available to guests seeking to expand their understanding of globally renowned wines and the regions that produce them.
Vintage Room Dinners
Vintage Room dinners have always been among the most popular and memorable culinary experiences aboard our ships, even intriguing the savviest of connoisseurs. They feature curated selections of global wines, expertly chosen by our head sommeliers and restaurant manager and masterfully paired with eight courses of gourmet cuisine. These intimate feasts go beyond simple wine pairing dinners; they are elegant evening events that bring new friends together and old friends closer over a shared inquisitiveness about the world’s finest vintages.
*NEW* Taste of the Vintage Room
An abbreviated evening version of the comprehensive Vintage Room Dinner experience, the Taste of the Vintage Room affords guests to sip and savor through four courses of Crystal’s artful cuisine with the same expert guidance from certified sommeliers.
*NEW* Lunch & Lecture Program
This midday options takes a more educational approach to wine enrichment for those seeking to dive into a focused tasting session, and save the dinner hours for shared toasts in the dining room and specialty restaurants. Sommeliers will guide participants through the nuances of several vintages, highlighting unique properties of each and discussing the nature of the native regions.
The Ultimate Vintage Room
This twice-yearly indulgence ups the ante of the traditional Vintage Room Dinner, featuring an extravagant menu created around some of the world’s rarest wines. Priced at approximately $1,000 per guest, Ultimate dinners have included such coveted vintages as a 1996 Screaming Eagle and a Chateau Petrus… enough to make our mouths water just writing about them.
Regardless your level of expertise when it comes to the many facets of wine, there is a Vintage Room experience that can expand your understanding, with the help of Crystal’s expert sommeliers – all of whom have been certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers. However, even if you choose to skip the Vintage Room in favor of one of the many creative culinary venues aboard Crystal vessels, worry not. Our sommeliers are more than happy to enrich your dining experiences tableside.
Bonus Notes: This fall, Crystal ocean and river ships will feature wine and beer tasting sessions on select sailings, led by the head sommelier and bar manager.