Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Have A Top Tipple With Royal Caribbean!

Royal Caribbean is launching a series of beverage programmes to onboard wine aficionados through an exclusive new partnership with renowned French winemaker Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite). The programme debuted in December aboard Allure of the Seas and will be deployed fleet-wide by the end of March this year. The hour-long Lafite Wine Experience features a tasting of four wines from the winemaker’s Reserve Speciale series and is available to guests for $29 per person.

"Royal Caribbean continues to expand our extensive range of food and beverage offerings through enrichment programmes such as the Lafite Wine Experience,” said Frank Weber, vice president of Food and Beverage Operations. “This robust wine experience provides even the most novice wine drinkers the opportunity to refine their palate and discover the fine nuances of one of the world’s most renowned vintners.”

Guests will sample four Reserve Speciale wines, beginning with Reserve Speciale Bordeaux Blanc and Rouge, progressing to Reserve Speciale Medoc, and finally culminating in Reserve Speciale Pauillac (pictured). Led by a Royal Caribbean Cellar Master, the Lafite Wine Experience aims to expand guests’ understanding of several of the growing regions in Bordeaux and how its soil cultivates the grapes and elevates the wines’ bouquet. Along the way, guests will learn the perfect food pairings and be able to purchase a special two-bottle gift set to take home in addition to the information kit they will receive during the programme.

The Lafite Wine Experience may be booked on-board or in advance through www.RoyalCaribbean.com/PreCruisePlanner.

Domaine Barons de Rothschild owns and manage wineries around the world including: Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Rieussec, Chateau Duhart-Milon, and Chateau l’Evangile in Bordeaux; Vina Los Vascos in Chile; Bodegas Caro in Argentina and Chateau d’Aussieres in Languedoc.