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WINE EXPERIENCES IN SOCAL AND ONBOARD CELEBRITY CRUISES

FEBRUARY 19, 2015 CELEBRITY CRUISES WEST
Drink it Here, Then Drink It There…

Southern California is often touted for its craft beer scene, but as locals know, it also has burgeoning wine regions and many excellent wine bars. Both Malibu and Temecula are becoming known for their gorgeous vineyards and unique wines. In addition, there are a variety of excellent wine bars around SoCal, including centrally located ones in Orange County, such as Pinot Provence, the Cellar, the Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar, and Cafe Lucca. (Plus, next month you can dine at these restaurants at a special price thanks to Orange County Restaurant Week!)

With so many great places to taste wine in SoCal, it’s no wonder many people who live here are blossoming into wine connoisseurs. If you love learning more about wine – or simply just love drinking wine – while at home, then you’ll also love experiencing new wines while on vacation and one of the best vacations you can do that on is a Celebrity cruise. Celebrity Cruises has a wide variety of wine experiences onboard its ships. You’ll leave the ship having learned a great deal more about the nuances of wine and will have had the opportunity to try a large variety of wine types.

Through the CelebrityLife program, you can sign up for educational wine activities that range from a wine 101 class where you’ll sample different wines and be introduced to a background on winemaking, to wine and food pairings during which you’ll learn how certain foods can bring out different flavor notes in wines, to a Riedel glass workshop where you’ll get a better understanding for how the shape of a wine glass can affect the taste of the wine. Another popular onboard wine experience is an event featuring wines from around the world during which you can sip dozens of different wines from a variety of countries and wineries.

Through the CelebrityLife program, you can sign up for educational wine activities that range from a wine 101 class where you’ll sample different wines and be introduced to a background on winemaking, to wine and food pairings during which you’ll learn how certain foods can bring out different flavor notes in wines, to a Riedel glass workshop where you’ll get a better understanding for how the shape of a wine glass can affect the taste of the wine. Another popular onboard wine experience is an event featuring wines from around the world during which you can sip dozens of different wines from a variety of countries and wineries.

In addition to working in Cellar Masters, there are sommeliers making the rounds in every restaurant onboard to help you choose the perfect wine to pair with your meal. With over 100 different kinds of wine by the bottle to choose from, it’s nice to have the extra help! On the Solstice Class ships you can see these bottles on display in the main dining room thanks to the 2-story wine tower, which holds 1,800 bottles of wine at the ideal temperature and can even be used to store your bottle of wine overnight if you don’t finish it at dinner and want to save it for the following evening.

You can elevate your Celebrity Cruises wine experience by choosing a cruise itinerary that stops in ports known for a nearby wine region, such as Cannes, France; Santorini, Greece; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Livorno, Italy; Picton, New Zealand; Melbourne, Australia; and San Francisco, California. You’ll be able to do wine-related shore excursions while in port, including visiting vineyards and tasting rooms.

To book your wine-centric cruise, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com/SoCal or talk to your local travel agent.

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