By T. Foster Jones
MAKING FINE WINE is a blend of science
and art. It is the result of a host of varying
environmental factors and, o;en, the combination of several different grape varieties,
overseen and orchestrated by master vintners
to create a unique and excellent wine.
Creating a ;ne travel event is a no less
complex process, involving the combination
of many di;erent elements, pulled together
by travel experts to create a unique and excellent experience.
Costco Travel and Celebrity Cruises have
teamed up to introduce 10 Kirkland Signature™ wine cruises onboard Celebrity Cruises’
award-winning, 2,850-passenger, Solstice-class ships. From August through December
2010, Costco members will have the opportunity to choose from 10 di;erent Kirkland
Signature™ Taste of the Vineyards wine
cruises—nine seven-day Caribbean cruises
and one seven-day European sailing—that
blend all the highlights of a pleasure cruise
with the oenophilic delights of private wine
tastings in the presence of experts in wine and
the culinary arts.
;ese wine cruises are open to just 80
Costco members per sailing and feature several events that are exclusive to the Costco
members who participate.
• Taste of the Vineyards wine-pairing
luncheon. Hosted by one of Celebrity Cruises’
honored cellar masters and a specialty restaurant maitre d’, this Kirkland Signature
luncheon will include a three-course menu
designed by James Beard–nominated and
award-winning chef Jacques Van Staden to
showcase the ;ne cuisine of Celebrity Cruises’
onboard specialty restaurant. Wines will be
carefully selected from the ship’s extraordinary wine collection to bring out the ;avors
of the featured cuisine.
• Wine appreciation seminar.
Participating Costco members will learn the basic
elements of wine and tasting techniques while
sampling ;ve di;erent styles presented by
Celebrity Cruises sommeliers.
• Celebrity’s world wine tour.
Speaking in an open setting, Celebrity’s sommeliers
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Days of wine and cruises
CELEBRI T Y CRUISES
will describe the region and the characteristics
of each of the 12 wines presented. Taste wines
from each of the regions represented in
Celebrity’s global wine program, including
Africa, France, Germany/Austria, Italy, Spain,
the U.S. and South America. ;e tastings are
paired with canapés, fruits and artisan cheeses.
• The art of food and wine pairing.
Learn the answers to your food-and-wine-pairing questions in this educational wine-tasting workshop hosted by a Celebrity
Cruises cellar master and executive chef.
• Behind-the-scenes tour of the Grand
Wine Tower. Join one of Celebrity Cruises’ 23
sommeliers for a private behind-the-scenes
tour of the two-story Celebrity Solstice glass
wine tower. Prominently situated in the Grand
Epernay restaurant, this Adam Tihany–
designed masterpiece is patterned a;er the
glass wine tower at Aureole restaurant in the
Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas.
• The heartbeat of the operation. Meet
Celebrity’s chefs and learn how they prepare
your favorite dishes in this private, behind-the-scenes look at Celebrity Cruises’ culinary
Participating Costco members also receive
stateroom deliveries of wine and chocolate-covered strawberries, and a generous onboard
spending credit toward spa treatments, shore
excursions, casino play or specialty wines
from Celebrity Cruises’ extensive 10,000-bottle
“These unique events, as well as the
exceptional value of the package, make this a
very special offering that we’re extremely
proud of,” says Lauren Anderson, Costco
Travel senior buyer for cruises. “For Costco
members who enjoy cruising and appreciate
;ne food and wine, it simply doesn’t get any
better than this.” C
TASTE OF THE VINEYARDS
BALCON Y S TATEROOM from $799 per person Multiple ships and sail dates are available. Includes savings and added values of $325 per person.
The Costco Connection
To view details of this and hundreds of other
cruises and vacation packages, visit the
Travel section of Costco.com. To book, call
Costco Travel toll free at 1-877-849-2730.
For additional details and complete
inclusions, visit Costco.com.