September 6, 2019, Queen Victoria.
Celebrating our extensive wine list of more than 400 wines from 23 countries, our Voyage du Vin features wine-tastings, pairings, talks and dinners, hosted by wine experts and producers from around the world. We’re joined by wine experts Oz Clarke, Charles Metcalfe IWC and award-winning wine writer and Sunday Times columnist Will Lyons, who will share their expertise during a series of on-board events. You’ll even have the opportunity to join Cunard’s Wine Academy and earn the Wine and Hard Liquor Education Trust Level 1 certificate.
Visiting some of Europe’s finest wine-producing regions, you’ll be able to employ your newly acquired skills ashore, too. In 2019, Queen Victoria will take you along the coasts of Spain, France and Italy, to explore some of the best old-world wine regions.
Special guests on board.
Since then, his tasting skills have won him an international reputation, and he is acknowledged as having one of the finest palates of anyone writing about wine today. He brings a refreshingly unorthodox wit and directness to the subject and has won all the major wine writing awards both in the UK and the USA, including the Glenfiddich (three times), André Simon, Louis Roederer, Wine Guild (three times), James Beard, Julia Child, World Food Media and Lanson (five times) awards; in 1999 he won the Lanson Special Millennium Award for his outstanding contribution to wine communication and education; in 2001, he was the keynote speaker at the Boston Wine Expo, the world’s largest consumer wine event, and he has been the keynote speaker at both the Wine Experience in New York and the California Wine Experience in San Francisco, where he was voted best keynote speaker by those attending. In 2006, he won the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition International Drinks Communicator of the Year Award, and in 2009, Oz won the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Award for International Wine Book of the Year for his book on Bordeaux. Oz’s current best-selling books include The History of Wine in 100 Bottles, Bordeaux, Grapes & Wines (with Margaret Rand), World of Wine and Wine by the Glass.
Oz’s frequent BBC TV and radio appearances are broadcast around the world. Oz’s third BBC TV series with “Top Gear” co-presenter James May was “Oz and James Drink to Britain” – a rollicking trailer adventure around the British Isles, exploring beers, cider, whiskey, wine and more. For this series and the accompanying book, Oz and James were awarded the International Wine Challenge Personality of the Year Award, the TRIC (Television and Radio Industries Club) TV Arts/Documentary Program of the Year Award and the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Wine Literature. Oz has been named an Officier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole by the French government for services to French agriculture.
Will is an increasingly familiar face in his capacity as a wine expert. He has compared Channel 4’s Taste Festivals, appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, as well as presented wine events for The Wall Street Journal and The Times in Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Vienna.
Known for his discerning palate and accurate predictions, Will is also an accomplished blind wine taster and has lectured on the art of wine appreciation at Oxford University, Edinburgh University, Bradfield, Eton and Rugby schools.
In 2014, he co-authored Selecting, Drinking, Collecting & Obsessing A Wall Street Journal Guide to Wine with fellow Wall Street Journal wine writer Lettie Teague.
He is a past president of the Edinburgh University Wine Society, where, in between wine-tasting, he read History. At Commanderie de Bordeaux, Lyons is vice president of The Sunday Times Wine Club.