Did anybody see the special on "The World." They suggested not buying that rare varietal on a cruise ship because the constant jarring of the ship doesn't allow the wine to rest. Why pay big bucks for bruised wine? That makes good sense. Just buy a young varietal that you know is always acceptable. Otherwise you may be wasting your money.
Yes, Wine Snob, I have heard that about wine on cruise ships, even though I did not catch that show. Makes you think that you are throwing money away. Save the wine money and spend it on your next cruise! It's a great tip, thanks for bringing it to our attention.
There are lots of reasons why not to pay big bucks for a bottle of wine but the effect of the ship's movement on the wine is not one of them.
I did not see the TV show but I can tell you that the movement of the ship actually helps age the wine in the bottle, not spoil it. Champagne bottles in the wine cellar are turned on a regular basis duing fermantaion and aging.
I confirmed this with a Winemaker who I know and who is currenlty working at one of the best wineries on Long Island.
My suggestion: Bring your favorite wine with you and pay the corkage fee. You will be happy with the wine and not have to worry about paying the big bucks for a wine you may not know or like.
I read the same thing - I think it was in the Wall Street Journal. But I enjoy wine and actually have bought wine on board - regular $10 bottle of wine back home - and it was better than the wine I bought when I got home - same year. Maybe the rocking does help not hurt... Maybe on vacation it tastes better - or just on a CRUISE! Debbie