November 23, 2013

Wine On Board The Queen Mary 2

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Cunard – the luxury cruise liner – have celebrated their 200th Transatlantic Crossing of the luxurious Queen Mary 2. Next year also sees the Queen Mary celebrating her 10th year in service. I’m trying (unsuccessfully I should add) to skank a passage on one of their two seven-night ‘Birthday Crossings’. These are special sailings to celebrate the 10th years in service: Southampton to New York departing 9 May, and New York to Southampton departing 16 May. One can dream I suppose…

Cunard is credited with creating the very first Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar at Sea on board the QM2. You would find me there if I was on board. They have everything from a half bottle of the Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label ($44), Veuve Clicquot Rosé ($90) through to the La Grand Dame Rosé ($400).

Wine on board The Queen Mary 2 is rather special, as you might expect, with bottles from diverse and unusual countries such as Brazil and England (for example the Wickham Vineyards Fume Special Release $35) and Israel (Carmel Ridge White £42), in addition to wider selections from California, France and so on.

This Israeli wine is very interesting. The 2010, at least, is a mix of Sauvignon Blanc, Colombard, Viognier and a little Semillon, from the Zichron Ya’acov area. (My knowledge of Israeli wine regions is zilch but the Wine Opus details this as being “located between Galilee and the Judean Hills”). The wine was rather enjoyable; offering a lovely softness, gentle flavours and a light body. The red equivalent, unsurprisingly called Carmel Ridge Red, a Carignan and Shiraz mix, also showed this similar softness. Not really what I would want from such a blend but perfectly drinkable and easy. One wonders if they serve salt beef bagels on the Queen Mary?

If, by chance, you are heading to the Queen Mary 2 and are interested in securing say a bottle of Romanee-Conti Echezeaux 2001 ($1,200) you can call on the ships “Premium Wine Service” where the sommelier will prepare at the perfect temperature waiting for you at your meal. I wonder if that Romanee-Conti will go with beef bagels?

To view the other, perhaps more affordable wine options, please do download the Cunard Queen Mary 2 Main Wine List.

veuve clicquot Queen Mary 2 bar

Veuve Clicquot Queen Mary 2 bar

For more than 170 years Cunard has been transporting discerning guests around the globe in unparalleled style. Our fleet of iconic ships defines sophisticated ocean travel and our service delivers a tradition of excellence at sea. We are passionate about serving inspired international cuisine on board and this is equalled only by our passion for selecting some of the very finest wines for you. We are therefore delighted to present a comprehensive selection of wines from around the world for you to enjoy as the perfect accompaniment to your meal or simply on its own.

Our wine list encompasses wines and Champagnes from the world’s most famous ‘Old World’ vineyards, tempting selections of ‘New World’ wines and excellent examples from smaller ‘boutique’ vineyards. We have also introduced an extensive new range of mid level wines for you to enjoy during your voyage. Your Sommeliers have excellent knowledge of all of the wines available. They are always on hand to assist you in making the perfect selection, whether to enhance your menu choices or to recommend a specific vintage of your favourite wine.

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