LOS ANGELES, September 18, 2007 – A nearly impossible-to-get 1961 German Riesling and a 1959 ChÃƒÂ¢teau Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac (rated 100 by Robert Parker) are among the seven superb wines to be showcased during Crystal Cruises’ second Ultimate Vintage Room Dinner. Aboard Crystal Serenity’s October 6, 2007 voyage from Istanbul to Athens, true connoisseurs can indulge in an extravagant menu prepared by acclaimed Master Chef Anton Mosimann paired with the world’s most exceptional vintages presented by Master Sommelier and President of the Guild of Master Sommelier Fred Dame. Due to the rarity of the wines, this one-of-kind event is priced at $1,250 per person, the highest price the line has ever charged for an onboard Vintage Room Dinner.
Available for up to a maximum of 14 guests in Crystal Serenity’s intimate Vintage Room, the event must be booked on board through the dining room maitre d’. The first Ultimate Vintage Room Dinner, which debuted on Crystal Symphony in May 2007 at a price of $1,000 per person, sold out within hours of its onboard announcement.
“Pairing the most celebrated of wines with a meal prepared by one of the most decorated chefs in the world offers an unprecedented experience at sea,” says Toni Neumeister, Crystal Cruises’ vice president, food & beverage operations. “Crystal’s Ultimate Vintage Room Dinners were conceived to satisfy and surprise connoisseurs. Our luxury guests treasure exceptional experiences – but that experience has to be authentically memorable.”
The October menu features the following wines:
- Krug, Vintage Brut, Reims, France 1990
- Riesling, Auslese, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, J.J. PrÃƒÂ¼m, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany 1961
- Chevalier-Montrachet, Grand Cru, Domaine Leflaive, Burgundy, France 1998
- Barbaresco, Angelo Gaja, Piedmont, Italy 1989
- Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 1959
- Grange Hermitage, Penfolds, South Australia 1986
- Graham’s Vintage Port, Portugal 1955
And, the following food courses:
- Warm Oriental Duck Salad
- Goutte d’or, Coriander and Ginger
- Steamed Scallops MÃƒÂ¢itre Lurkin
- Risotto ai Funghi
- Mignon of Angus Beef, Shallot Sauce, Market Vegetables
- Vacherin Cheese
- Mille-Feuilles with Red Berries, Cardamom Ice Cream
Since 2003 Crystal Cruises has been offering wine-makers dinners in the specially designed Vintage Rooms aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. The head sommelier or guest wine experts guide guests through the experience, providing insights on where the wines were made, the aging process and why it works with a particular dish. The wine-makers dinners are offered several times each cruise for approximately $180+ per person, depending on the wines chosen. The Ultimate Vintage Room Dinners will only be scheduled a few times per year.
The Crystal Difference
Aboard the ultra-luxurious ships of Crystal Cruises, refined elegance meets casual simplicity. With an emphasis on innovative product differentiation, the renowned Crystal experience is distinguished by classic service, abundant space, extensive choices and quality, providing worldwide vacations that bridge the best of land and sea.
Crystal Cruises enjoys an unparalleled reputation for excellence, anchored in 12 consecutive years of “World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” awards by the readers of Travel + Leisure and CondÃƒÂ© Nast Traveler magazines – the only cruise line, resort or hotel to have achieved such distinction.
For additional information, please contact a travel agent or call 888-799-4625. Visit the luxury line’s website at crystalcruises.com.
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