Crystal Cruises Releases Second Vintage of Proprietary C Wines

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ — Luxury cruise leader Crystal Cruises has just released its second vintage of C Wines, the proprietary label it debuted to rave reviews last year. Featuring softer tannins, the six new 2004 California wines — three premium and three reserve Chardonnays, Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots — are the perfect complement to the fresh, quality ingredients distinguishing Crystal’s award-winning cuisine.

C Wines were produced to exacting specifications under the direction of Crystal’s Vice President of Food and Beverage Operations Toni Neumeister and four of the line’s head sommeliers, who were flown to Napa Valley from their shipboard or home locations in Australia, Mexico, Italy and South America. Carefully made in limited production with grapes from the legendary Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, Arroyo Seco, and Santa Lucia Highlands, Crystal’s second order of C Wines will deliver nearly 55,000 bottles to Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity — a 15% increase over last year’s vintage. C Wines are offered by the glass or by the bottle, and are showcased on the line’s already impressive wine list.

“We are particularly excited about our second vintage of C Wines because it represents a higher quality and more developed style for both the premium and reserve selections. Specifically, all the wines have softer tannins yet still retain the bright, fruit forward character,” says Neumeister. “Our expert sommeliers have invested their time and talents in creating a new vintage that is designed to enhance the culinary and wine aspect of the Crystal dining experience.”

The six proprietary labels include three C Reserve wines — a 2004 C Reserve Chardonnay, richer and more complex than its predecessor; a 2003 C Reserve Merlot with a rounder texture and softer tannins, but richer fruit character; and, a perfectly balanced 2003 C Reserve Cabernet with an appealing mix of red and black fruit flavors; and three C Premium selections — a 2004 C Chardonnay with a bit more tropical fruit; a 2004 C Merlot is lush with considerably more weight in the mid-palate; and, a 2004 C Cabernet Sauvignon.

Crystal experts partnered with the Monterey Wine Company, widely regarded for its consistency and reliability in producing quality wines, to manage the growing and production of C Wines. With state-of-the-art winemaking facilities throughout California’s prime wine regions, the Monterey Wine Company is led by a team of experienced winery professionals representing more than 85 years of growing, making and/or managing vineyards with distinguished labels such as Caymus, Domaine Chandon, Joseph Phelps and Kendall-Jackson, among others.

C Wines is but one element of Crystal’s sophisticated culinary program which includes its highly regarded Crystal Wine & Food Festival, now in its ninth year, and its Wine-Maker Dinners, the first such concept to be offered at sea.

The line continues on its worldwide journey to advance the culinary arts, leading the cruise industry by forming innovative alliances with some of the world’s most celebrated names in food, wine and hospitality including menus designed by Nobu Matsuhisa and signature dishes from Wolfgang Puck’s Chinois on Main. Now in its third year, the luxury line also hosts the Best Young Chefs of Italy, a collaborative effort with long-time culinary partner Piero Selvaggio, proprietor of the acclaimed Valentino restaurants whose Italian specialties are featured in Crystal’s Prego restaurants.

Crystal Cruises continues to receive the travel industry’s most distinguished hospitality awards and guidebook ratings, including the “World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” award in the most recent readers’ surveys conducted by Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines. In 2005, Crystal became the only cruise line and only hotel (floating or otherwise) to win Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best” award in its category for ten consecutive years.

For additional information, contact a travel agent or call 888-799-4625. Visit the luxury line’s website at www.crystalcruises.com.

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