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Oceania adds wine package, new La Reserve menu, guest chefs

Oceania adds wine package, new La Reserve menu, guest chefs
Oceania Cruises is introducing a 'by the bottle' wine package, a new food and wine pairing menu for La Reserve by Wine Spectator and a visiting chef program for Insignia’s world cruise.

The Wine by the Bottle Package offers a choice of more than 50 bottles selected by the line’s master sommeliers. The Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon, Rodney Strong Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc and Domaine Saint-Roch Vin de Pays are among the values.

The package is priced at $42.50 per bottle, including gratuities, when passengers select seven or more bottles. The list features some exclusive wines otherwise not available in the restaurants on board and varies by ship and itinerary, with regional wines added on many voyages.

Oceania also introduced the 'Odyssey Menu' for the La Reserve by Wine Spectator tasting room on board Marina and Riviera. This features seven gourmet courses paired with fine wines from around the world.

Highlights include Maine Lobster Cassolette with Tarragon and Sea Urchin Bisque paired with Mer Soleil Chardonnay from the Santa Lucia Highlands in California. Another pairing features Portobello Mushroom Risotto with Smoked Ricotta and Black Truffle accompanied by the Tenuta Guado Al Tasso Il Bruciato from Bolgheri, Italy.

The intimate affair is limited to 24 diners, and reservations are required.

For the 'Around the World in 180 Days' voyage departing in January, Insignia will feature a number of guest chefs, including Olivier Desaintmartin of Philadelphia’s French bistro Caribou Café and Jean-Louis Dumonet, executive chef of The Union Club in New York City and president of the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France.

Passengers will have the opportunity to attend cooking demonstrations and question and answer sessions, as well as other exclusive culinary events. In addition, the Grand Dining Room will spotlight a special signature dish by each chef.