Posted July 17th, 2012, 11:22 AM
Last edited by Dr H; July 17th, 2012 at 11:26 AM
First let me say thank you Andy for your work, efforts, your scanning skills, and your overall desire to provide us with ongoing information (so what's doing with the refurbs?). It is truly amazing just how responsive you and Azamara have been to the all the information requests made by us little people. Truly appreciated by me, and should be by all. I don't know if they do this on Cunard or Holland America.
Next, my enjoyment of wine is about the last remaining vice my wife allows me. The three lists are really, really fantastic. Great selections for all three restaurants, spectacular list of wines by the glass. MOSTLY, not completely, reasonable prices, and more on that is a follow up post. For those who are interested in Roses, a great selection of 3 wines from Provence, but the Beringer White Zinfandel, well, I know there is no accounting for taste but to everyone out there who is about to ask for a glass, PLEASE, PLEASE try one of the Roses! White Zinfandel is to Rose, as Mogen David or Manischewitz is to Cabernet Sauvignon. You've been warned.
Sparkling wine/Champagne prices: extremely high, as they are everywhere in any restaurant, and very unreasonably so. I've posted elsewhere that at least for the European cruises, you can purchase almost everything on the list for about 1/3 the price at almost any duty free shop. Even adding on a corkage fee of $10-15 at the table, that is like having your cake and eating it too. (I'm mixing my French metaphors). Just a suggestion.
I will be studying the lists and making some recommendations, strictly based on my own personal tastes regarding bottle prices, which wines are better "bargains" than others, especially for those who are interested in trying new wines, but really don't know the difference between the $30 bottle and the $90. bottle. More often than not, it is the price, not the wine.
Thanks for indulging me, and again, Andy and Bill, thank you so much for your efforts. Now I have to start deciding which wines to pack for July 2013...