A high-tech device invited us to discover new wines.
Cellar Masters is a 24-hour wine bar—unattended in the morning hours—where about 64 wines are available by the glass, using Enomatic Wine Preservation machines that dispense wines directly from the sealed bottle (inert gas preservation minimizes the oxygen which would otherwise change the wine’s character). This allows relatively high-end wines to be dispensed days after opening without substantial alteration.
The Enomatic machines dispense glasses in 1 oz, 2.5 oz or 5-oz portions (the latter being a typical restaurant pour—one-fifth of a bottle); a 5-oz pour starts around $8. Much of the ship’s wine selection is available, including Cakebread Cellars, Jordan, Wolf Blass, Caymus, ranging up to Far Niente’s acclaimed 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon ($8.05 for a 1-oz taste, $40.25 for 5-oz).
When Cellar Masters is staffed—usually afternoon till 1:00 a.m.—a few dozen additional wines are available, including flights of four pre-selected 2-oz tastings ($15), themed around France, South America, Down Under, etc. There is a small selection of champagnes and ports also available.
In order to use the machines, one must purchase a prepay card (in any amount, which is billed to your room), available when the bar is staffed, generally some time in the afternoon until midnight. Watch for promotions when the prepaid cards come with additional credit and/or free WiFi.
Most of the ship’s wine activities are conducted here, priced $10-$20 for various tasting seminars.
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