Recommend attended a tasting dinner with Holland America Line wine curator, James Suckling, featuring six wines and a four course meal at DUNE, the Restaurant at Auberge Beach Residence & Spa in Fort Lauderdale.

The dinner was hosted in partnership with Slainte Wines, Inc. and was attended by Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line, as well as Micky Arison, chairman of Carnival Corp. and Arnold Donald, president and CEO, Carnival Corp.

Representatives from four wineries that feature on Holland America Line’s wine list, curated in collaboration with James Suckling, were also at the event – including Viña Errazuriz and Domaines Bournet-Lapostelle from Chile, and Domaine Bousquet and Susana Balbo Winery from Argentina.

“Wine is a big part of the cruise experience for many of our guests, and having the best wine list at sea, or anywhere, allows us to guide novices to find their new favorite label or indulge an aficionado who appreciates our deep selection from global wineries that can be hard to find,” said Orlando Ashford, president, Holland America Line in a press release statement.

Holland America Line’s partnership with James Suckling was announced in March this year, and an extensive new wine list devised by the critic is now featured on all ships in the premium fleet. Suckling’s role is to lead the design and development of the premium line’s wine offerings and provide wine selection tips on the menus and wine lists of all shipboard dining venues and bars. A large majority of the wine selection will have an impressive rating of 90 points or higher — based on Suckling’s own 100-point scale.

“What better way to enjoy and learn about wine than on a cruise with Holland America Line,” said Suckling, who rates more than 17,000 wines per year with his team around the world, in a press release statement. “Wine is an experiential product that brings family and friends together and enhances life, just as the special travel experiences delivered by Holland America Line.”

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