22 June 2012
Cheers! You're travelling on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Train Manager Silvia Cerroni introduces the drinks served on board.
How is the train's wine list put together?
We carefully select wines from the nine countries we travel through, with a focus on Italy, France, Austria and Switzerland. Guests often ask for a wine representative of where they are at that moment, for example when travelling through the scenic Trentino and Alto Adige vineyard regions of northern Italy.
What are the most popular wines?
White wine is the most popular, particularly French Chardonnay and Sauvignon (Sancerre, Chablis, Pouilly Fuissé and Pouilly Fumé). As most of our guests travel on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to mark a special occasion such as an anniversary, birthday or honeymoon, Champagne is the definitely the drink of choice to start the journey. We also suggest guests try our excellent méthode Champenoise wines from Italy. I take so much pleasure in seeing our guests raising their glasses in a toast to a memorable journey on board.
When is wine served on the train?
Wine is served during lunch and dinner in the one of the three beautiful dining cars, one featuring stunning Lalique glass panels, one with intricate wooden marquetry and one with an Oriental black lacquer design. Wine is also served in the Bar Car and can be brought to guests in their cabins upon request.
What other beverages are served on board the train?
The Bar Car has an extensive cocktail menu that has become increasingly popular with guests. It ranges from the classic Martini, Cosmopolitan and Mojito to the best selling signature Agatha Christie cocktail, comprising a secret blend of nine ingredients, one from each country visited by the train. The cocktails are certainly very popular in the evening when the Bar Car comes to life to the sounds of the on board baby grand piano.
What was your drink of choice aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express?