The mouth-watering combination of Heinz Beck's
signature pasta Fagotelli La Pergola with a 2006 Gaia Rey chardonnay,
and black cod with a 2004 Corton Charlemagne were among the extraordinary
flavors showcased during Crystal Cruises' Ultimate Vintage
Room experience this Sunday aboard the ultra-luxury Crystal Serenity.
For the intimate winemakers' dinner with just ten guests, a variety of
rare fine wines was selected by world-renowned Master of Wine Philip
Goodband, and then expertly paired with a menu specially created by three
Michelin Star guest chef Heinz Beck of La Pergola restaurant in Rome.
Mr. Goodband then led guests through the six-course dinner, highlighting
the nuances of each special cuvee.
"To enjoy these extremely rare wines with the skilled guidance of Philip
Goodband, and with the celebrated cuisine of Heinz Beck is a rare treat
for one's senses," says Toni Neumeister, vice president of food and beverage.
"With distinct flavors created by a fine wine perfectly paired with
a menu of carefully crafted cuisine, Crystal's Ultimate Vintage
are truly impressive, even for the most discerning palates."
The dinner, offered for $950 per person, included such other superstar
wines as a 1996 Romanée Saint-Vivant, a 1989 Vega Sicilia Unico and a
1996 Chateau D'Yquem, each complemented by one of Beck's specialties.
For 2010, Ultimate
Vintage Room experiences are also featured on Crystal
2 Baltic voyage and Crystal
24 Black Sea cruise, with Dominus Estate proprietor Christian Moueix and Heinz
Beck among the guest experts set for the events. Menu and prices for
the dinners vary depending on wines selected.
The dinners can only be purchased on board and will be served in the
Crystal ships' intimate Vintage
Room, accommodating up to 12 guests on
Crystal Symphony and 14 guests on Crystal
Serenity. Besides these experiences,
on every cruise Crystal
Serenity and Crystal
Symphony offer Vintage Rooms
dinners, typically starting at $210-$250 per person.