Fantasies and memories of the cruises that existed and the cruises to come
The mere memory – or the expectation – of a memorable cruising adventure evokes a feeling of delightful anticipation. It is not uncommon that the memory of an exquisite wine or champagne tasted during the voyage will bring a smile of remembrance to novice and veteran cruisers alike.
What follows are thoughts and recommendations from true cruise sommeliers, sure to please your palate once you yourself choose to join a future trip. Hi !
- Champagne toasts and have a good trip. These are centuries-old traditions, well known when you sail on your ocean liner or cruise ship. Of course, it is also traditional to serve champagne at black tie dinners and similar events on board.
- Albarino. It is a classic Spanish summer wine that is widely available. If you were in Barcelona you would enjoy a paella or tapas with this wine.
- Rosé wine. When your ship drops you off in, say, Monte Carlo or Nice, pair a Nicoise salad with a glass of Côtes du Provence rose. Roast chicken with herbs also makes an excellent Provençal accord.
- Riesling. Germany does a wonderful job with these wines. They are very reasonably priced because these wines are just not known or loved as well as they could be. Sausages of all kinds are a German specialty that could be paired with a riesling, although most Germans prefer beef with their sausage. Fortunately, a Riesling does very well when tasted on its own.
- Chablis. Visualize yourself in Paris, walking along Rue de la Pais while visiting this Cartier store and similar stores that sell legendary French items. Suddenly you realize that you are hungry and… voila! You see a small cafe nestled away offering raw oysters and chablis. Enjoy!
- Sauvignon Blanc. Your cruise around the world has brought you to New Zealand, a land that offers delicious Sauvignon Blanc that differs slightly from the French version with its cooler climate. Make sure to bring a bottle home with some fresh soft cheese and these interesting crackers.
- Malbec. Your cruise in South America has brought you to Buenos Aires, the land of Argentine beef, Malbec and tango. On a cool summer evening, your steaks sizzle on the grill as you open a bottle of Malbec. It’s a meal you won’t soon forget.
- Chianti. You first discovered it in Florence during this stopover during your last cruise in the Mediterranean. It was so good with this steak! Now you’ve learned at a local espresso bar that Chianti is the perfect wine to go with cheeseburgers. Dark!
- Shiraz. You remember the good old days when Australia was not stranded. They had so many great wines there, but Shiraz is the signature you remember best. It went so well with grilled meat …
- Prosecco. You have used it for years as a champagne substitute and you may have heard that it is the official sparkling wine of Venice. You don’t remember much about the food in Venice other than that it was either touristy or expensive. Even so, in your fantasy, you brought it back to your cabin on the ship and you enjoy it on your balcony.
- Bandol Rose. Your ship docks in Marseille. It’s the town famous for bouillabaisse, and locals have their own version of the rose, but it’s made from different grape varieties than in neighboring Provence. Once you locate a bottle, you will find that the wine costs you between $ 20 and $ 60 a bottle.
- Sancerre. You remember this winding river cruise in the Loire Valley when another guest suggested you try a glass of Sancerre, once considered the official white wine of Paris. You tried it and were really impressed. So different from New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, and a superb pairing with Chavignol, the official cheese of the city of Sancerre.
Try any, or better yet, all of the above perspectives on your upcoming cruises!
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