Airlines with the Best Wines
When it comes to choosing an airline, any wine enthusiast should be sure to take two things into consideration: whether the airline serves wine, and, if so, the quality of the vino being served. Because these two questions are very important to the oenophiles at wine.net, we have reached out to our sources and researched this fascinating and useful topic for you.
After speaking with several wine experts and sommeliers, we have not only compiled a list of the airlines with the best wines, but also which vintages to choose when patronizing said airlines. Whether you are a seasoned travel veteran with thousands of frequent flyer miles, certified aviophobe, or first-time flyer, be sure to consult this list before boarding your plane. We guarantee it will make any journey through the friendly skies even friendlier!
American Airlines (Fort Worth, Texas) kindly tweeted us a link to their wine selection, which provided a wealth of useful information. American has “stocked [their] flights with wines custom-designed to best fit your particular destination and complement [their] in-flight menus. Each vintage undergoes a rigorous selection process, [which is] all part of our award-winning wine program.” Additionally, “all alcoholic beverages are complimentary in First and Business Class. Enjoy a mimosa before takeoff, then pair your favorite beverage with one of our flavorful meals to enhance your dining experience.” American’s selections include First Press Chardonnay from Napa, California, Louis Roederer Brut Vintage from Champagne, France, Flagstone Noon Gun Sauvignon Blanc from Western Cape, South Africa, and Ca Bolani Prosecco from Italy.
South African travel expert, radio personality, DJ, and wine aficionado Stephanie Be tells us that Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) serves excellent wine in business class.
Sophie-Claire Hoeller is a travel reporter and wine contributor for Business Insider. To learn more, visit www.businessinsider.com/author/sophie-claire-hoeller or @Sohostyle on Twitter.
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Wine expert and travel writer Michael Cavanagh (@Mike_Cavanagh79) also provides insight into the airlines with the best wines:
Lottie Gross (@lortusfleur), Assistant Editor at @RoughGuides, freelance journalist, and member of @travwriters, told our team that “it’s got to be Air France (Paris, France), hasn’t it?” With a bevy of custom selected champagnes and cocktails, we couldn’t agree more! Learn more at www.lottiegross.com and @lortusfleur on Twitter.
Travel expert, chef, and holistic nutritionist Carolyn Scott Hamilton (@HealthyVoyager) had the following to say about the airlines with the best wines: “I would say it’s a tie between Delta (Atlanta, Georgia) and Virgin (San Francisco, California). I think they have a nice variety and selection. I’ve also seen Virgin offer organic wine before.”
Luxury travel expert Gary Leff (@garyleff) tells us that “Singapore [Airlines] has a pressurized room to simulate flight while tasting/choosing. Plus, [they have] both Dom [Perignon] and Krug [champagnes]. I happen to be a fan of Qantas [Airlines], but I am partial to Australian wines. I would definitely say Singapore for the top spot,