Sunday, January 18, 2015

Carnival Cruise Lines and Kathie Lee Gifford - Ain't We Got Fun

The Fun Ships just became a little funner. Former spokesperson for Carnival Cruise Lines and Today Show co-host Kathie Lee Gifford just announced that she has partnered with the cruise line to feature her newest passion: Gifft Wines.

Kathie Lee Gifford Unveiling Her New Wines Aboard the
Carnival Breeze

Carnival Executives Are
Excited About The
If My Friends Could See
Me Now..
It was an emotional and exciting return to Carnival for Gifford, who more than 30 years ago began her journey with the cruise line, singing in memorable commercials and pumping up the passengers in the morning... in the evening with her iconic "Ain't We Got Fun".  Although she hasn't worked with Carnival in years, instead moving on to other projects such as co-hosting Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee alongside Regis Philbin from 1985-2000, and being a special correspondent on The Insider until 2008, Gifford always remained in contact with the executives. Once she reached out to them with her wines and they took a sip, it didn't take them long to decide to feature them in all 24 ships in Carnival's fleet.

The Media Announcement was held at Fahrenheit 555,
one of Carnival Breeze's Specialty Restaurants

During a recent media announcement aboard the Carnival Breeze, I asked Gifford why she had this passion for wine and she took me back to her childhood in France, and the way drinking wine was a tradition and a way of life for her family. "My happiest and most unforgettable family memories always include wine." For this reason, she decided to embark on this venture, and in April, partnered with Scheid Vineyards of Monterey, California to launch the line.

Chatting With Kathie Lee Gifford

Gifford insisted the wines had to be something she could put her name to and wanted to make them affordable for everyone. It seems she did. The Red Blend (pictured below) scored 91 out of 100 rating in Wine Enthusiast Magazine, and the very light and refreshing Chardonnay scored 88 out of 100. The wines are currently priced under $20.

Very smooth with a subtle finish

Steamed Duck from Fahrenheit 555…can't help sharing
this with's the Foodaholic in me.

In her signature magnetic personality, Gifford introduced the wines to guests aboard the ship this past weekend, and let them get a taste of yet another great reason to sail away on the Fun Ship. When asked what she couldn't do without when boarding on a cruise, Gifford responded, "Sunscreen and imagination… You need to let it take you wherever your ship goes." And Gifford lives by her words.  Be sure to sip on one of her vinos next time you go cruising.

Artwork or Dessert…you decide

Click on the following for more information on Kathie Lee Gifford's Gifft Wines or Carnival Cruise Lines.

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