[Editor’s Note: This post is part of Travel Bites, a new feature on Daily Blender where we’ll highlight food and beverage happenings within hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise lines, and other travel partners around the world.]
As part of their Signature Collection Host Series, beautiful Windstar Cruises will welcome Cuvaison Estate Wines President Jay Schuppert on an April sailing. The 7-day cruise aboard Wind Surf, which will depart Lisbon, Portugal on April 4, 2010, features a tour of the Mediterranean with stops in Tangier, Morocco and a number of ports along the Spanish coast before arriving in Barcelona. While onboard, Mr. Schuppert, who was previously with Kendall Jackson and Southern Wine and Spirits Distributors, will conduct wine tastings and lectures on the wine-making process.
Cuvaison Estate Wines are created from sustainably-harvested vineyards located in elegant Napa Valley. You can learn more about Cuvaison’s wine selection on their website. For information on the April 4th Windstar booking, visit Windstar Cruises.
New York’s Smyth Hotel, the newest addition to the Thompson family, is looking towards a spring 2010 opening of it’s restaurant, Jour et Nuit. With food offerings conceptualized by Parisian restaurateur Frederick Lesort, the location includes a bi-level dining room, lobby bar, and 2,500 sq. ft. Cellar Cocktail Lounge. Designed by the AvroKO group, the space offers a French Riviera feel, featuring an artistic combination of British, French, and American cultures.
Lesort, who’s other restaurants include Opia and the former Frederick’s, also helped to develop the hotel’s 24-hour room service menu, which includes an espresso wine-bar offering sandwiches and pastries throughout the day, and cured meats at night.
“Jour et Nuit represents a perfect balance in cuisine and atmosphere which will effortlessly transport our guests from breakfast, to lunch, to evening cocktails,” says Lesort. “The menu offers a range of rustic, delectable plates inspired by the provincial dishes of the South of France, all which can be enjoyed in a warm and engaging, environment.”
Celebrity Cruises has launched new unlimited beer and liquor packages for cruisers who are looking to drink their way through vacation. Starting this month, guests can purchase per-night imbibing packages from an unlimited domestic and imported beer package starting at $34.50 per night to the premium liquor package at $76.00 per night. More of a pina colada passenger? Sign up for the frozen drink package, which includes daquiries and margaritas as well, for $22.00 per night.