LOS ANGELES, March 29, 2010 â€“ The year 1990 was extraordinary for wine. Think Krug, Brut, Reims, France 1990 and Barbaresco, Angelo Gaja, Piedmont, Italy 1990 and Dominus, Dominus Estate, Napa Valley, California 1990.
These and other celebrated selections born 20 years ago star in Crystal Cruisesâ€™ Vintage Room experiences debuting this month in celebration of Crystalâ€™s own 20th anniversary. Perfectly paired with an exquisite tasting menu of Osetra Caviar served with a crÃ¨me fraiche cannoli, poached lobster and asparagus salad, fresh fish, CÃ´te de Beouf, and other sweet and savory small plates, the wines of 1990 are widely considered the third and strongest year in a triumvirate of excellent vintages.
All of the 2010 Vintage Room experiences â€“ on every cruise this year â€“ feature 1990 wine dinners for up to 14 guests in the intimate, stylish dining lounges of the same name aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. Crystalâ€™s professional, certified sommeliers and imaginative chefs will design each menu to pair perfectly with the rare 1990 wines available during each cruise and the cruising region.
In all, the 20th Anniversary Vintage Room debuts with:
Krug, Brut, Reims, France 1990
Riesling, Auslese, â€œOckfener Bocksteinâ€, Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt, Mosel, Germany 1990
Barbaresco, Angelo Gaja, Piedmont, Italy 1990
Dominus, Dominus Estate, Napa Valley, California 1990
ChÃ¢teau Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 1990
ChÃ¢teau Rieussec, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France 1990
â€œLike Crystal Cruises, the wines of 1990 are coveted by connoisseurs for their marvelous depth, finesse, perfect balance and great longevity,â€ says Toni Neumeister, Crystalâ€™s vice president, food & beverage. â€œThe 1990 Vintage Room experiences are a fitting way to celebrate our 20th year and the highly nuanced Crystal experience.â€
Based on the rarity and caliber of the wines, each Vintage Room experience is priced at $490 per person. A dedicated sommelier will share the significance of each wine with each pour.
With worldwide itineraries of seven- to 100+ days, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity are consistently distinguished as the highest rated ships in the world. For more than a dozen years, Crystal Cruises has been voted the â€œWorldâ€™s Bestâ€ more than any resort, hotel or cruise line in history.
For more information and Crystal Cruises reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625 or visit www.crystalcruises.com.