Kathie Lee Gifford’s GIFFT Collection of Wines

Published 03/11/2015 10:03 PM   |    Updated 08/12/2015 04:07 PM

Kathie Lee Gifford, former spokesperson for Carnival Cruise Lines, has introduced her GIFFT Collection of wines, which are now available for sale fleetwide.

Kathie Lee Gifford, the 'Today' show host, became closely associated with the Fun Ship brand in the 1980s when Carnival launched the first national television ad campaigns in the cruise industry, becoming the line’s first spokesperson and appearing in such memorable campaigns as “If You Could See Me Now” and “Ain’t We Got Fun?”

Created in consultation with California-based Scheid Family Wines—one of the largest vineyard owners in Monterey County and known for having the longest growing season in California —the GIFFT Collection consists of a Red Blend, a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Rosé. In September 2014, Wine Enthusiast magazine gave the red 91 of a possible 100 points and the Chardonnay 88 points in its tasting rating.

The GIFFT Red Blend combines Merlot (42 percent), Petite Sirah (25%), Syrah (12%) and Petit Verdot (10%); the Chardonnay is a flavorful estate-grown Coastal California dry white; and the limited-edition Pinot Noir Rosé is 100 percent estate-grown and features ripe strawberry, raspberry and red apple aromas to exhibit bright fruit flavors framed by a crisp, juicy acidity.

Carnival is the only cruise line to feature GIFFT wines, and all three varieties are now available at a wide array of bars and in the main dining rooms on all Carnival ships - $29 USD per bottle or $7.50 USD per glass..

For more information, visit http://www.gifftwines.com/.

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