This new wine bar on Sapphire Princess is a pleasant enough hangout, located on the ground floor of the lobby atrium. But it appeared that most or all of the wines offered—32 by the glass—mirrored the ship’s standard wine list, which seemed like a real underutilization of the concept. The one thing here we didn’t find elsewhere was flights of wine—three smaller pours for prices ranging $8.25-$10.25, served in Riedel stemware. Even here, it would have been nice to sample some more-exotic wines.
Most glasses were priced $7.25-$9.50, and among the better options were Seghesio zinfandel, Santa Margherita pinot grigio, and La Crema pinot noir. There were three choices with bubbles—at $17.50 per glass, Veuve Clicquot Brut was the most expensive offering at Vines.
Vines Bar was open daily from 11 a.m. on sea days (4 p.m. on port days) till late in the evening.
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