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Wine Curator James Suckling Shares Tasting Notes from His Food & Beverage Aficionado Cruise

Holland America Line’s Wine Curator James Suckling recently was aboard Oosterdam for his Food & Beverage Aficionado Cruise. James was joined by Italy’s Marchesi Frescobaldi and Chile’s 2018 Decanter Man of the Year Eduardo Chadwick, two renowned experts. Not only did they host a Chef’s Table exclusive dinner with a five-course meal that was perfectly paired with exceptional wine, they also held a wine tasting for our guests!

The wines were paired with tasting treats to complement the flavors.

The wines were paired with tasting treats to complement the flavors.

wine tasting

wine tasting

From left: Marchesi Frescobaldi, James Suckling and Eduardo Chadwick.

From left: Marchesi Frescobaldi, James Suckling and Eduardo Chadwick.

Not able to join us for James’ cruise? No problem! We’re sharing his tasting notes on six wines that you can try at home. Stay tuned for his Chef’s Table menu. Cheers!

wines in the tasting

Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve:
This offers big house complexity in terms of toasty reductive warmth on the nose, as well as an array of grilled peach, praline and wild red berries. The palate has assertive flavorsome appeal, delivered in a well-crafted style. Fresh berries and stone fruits rule the finish.

Varietals: Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Appellation: Champagne
Alcohol: 12%

2017 Laurenz V “Singing” Gruner Veltliner:
A very attractive fruit bouquet yields apple, peach and citrus aromas along with a typical Veltliner spiciness and a touch of white pepper. The soft and juicy palate is supported by fine acidity.

Varietals: Gruner Veltliner
Appellation: Niederösterreich
Alcohol: 12%

2015 Miraval Rosé:
A lovely mineral freshness with delicate aromas of citrus, red fruits and white flowers. The bouquet of aromas is persistent leading to a long-lasting fruity finish with an undertone salty character.

Varietals: Cinsault, Grenache, Rolle, Syrah
Appellation: A.O.P. Côtes de Provence
Alcohol: 13%

2015 Frescolbaldi Nipozzano Riserva Chianti:
The nose provides a pleasant combination of the clear notes of red berries and lightly toasted coffee, lending complexity to the wine before giving way to a fresh and spicy finish. The mineral freshness of the finish make it balanced and persistent.

Varietals: Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Toscana
Alcohol: 13%

2015 Arboleda Carménère:
This wine opens elegantly to reveal its spicy character of black fruits with delicate notes of chocolate. The palate is underscored by delicious acidity, silky tannins, good balance and great depth, with flavors that recall spices, red bell pepper and red fruits.

Varietals: Carménère
Appellation: Valle de Aconcagua
Alcohol: 14%

2015 Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon:
With aromas of raspberry and blueberry perfumed with floral notes and touches of cinnamon and nutmeg. On the palate, cherry and raspberry fruit comes forward with layers of cassis, blueberry, vanilla cream, spice, and a sweet note. The wine finishes long and polished.

Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Napa Valley
Alcohol: 14.9%

If you want to cruise with our culinary experts, David Burke will be on Zuiderdam in September, Ethan Stowell is scheduled to be on the Sept. 16 Alaska cruise on Amsterdam and Dale DeGroff will be on Oosterdam in November.

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