Holidaywine1With the holidays just around the corner, and parties and gatherings filling your calendar, there are plenty of excuses to try a few new wines. Plus, with our new “Wine by the Bottle” program, sampling fine wines aboard our ships is more convenient and affordable than ever. Click for details.

Below, our Executive Cellar Master recommends one of Oceania Cruises’ favorite red wines and favorite white wines that make wonderful gifts, and are great to enjoy with loved ones during the holiday season – both aboard our ships and ashore. Cheers!

Angelo Gaja Chardonnay Rossj-Bass Langhe DOC
Piedmont, Italy 2008
$131
For the modern Chardonnay lover, there are finally competitors for the classic Burgundies and Gaja wines that are reaching high. The Rossj-Bass Chardonnay is all about elegance, finesse, minerality – and it’s perfectly balanced by a crisp dryness.

Sourced from a vineyard named for Angelo’s youngest daughter, Rossana (known as Rossj for short) Rossj Bass is a clearly defined, graceful Chardonnay – enhanced by just a touch of Sauvignon Blanc – that spends less time in barrique than the Gaia & Rey.

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Almaviva Baron Philippe de Rothschild Viña Concha y Toro
Maipo Valley, Chile 2010
$153

The newly created league of the “Super Chilean Wines” has a unique wine addition – Almaviva. The expression of new world meets old in a memorable bottle made from a blend of classic Bordeaux varieties in which Cabernet Sauvignon predominates.

Chile offers its soil, its climate and its vineyards, while France contributes its winemaking savoir-faire and traditions. The result is an exceptionally elegant and complex wine. The blend says is it all: Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Cabernet Franc and Merlot bringing in perfect balance finesse, strength and elegance. Its complex and intense ruby red color with purple tones and long aftertaste make this a superb wine, precise in its character, accessible and remarkably balanced.

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