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Sunday, 4 August 2013

Best Airline Wine Lists 2013


Check out the best airline wine lists on offer in Business and First.


Drinking fine Champagne, white Burgundy or mature claret at 30,000 feet is a luxury reserved for those sitting at the front of the plane. But which airline should you choose if you want the best glass of wine?

This year's results from Global Traveler magazine show that the best wine list for business class passengers is Brussels Airlines, while the best first class airline wines are served on British Airways. It’s the second consecutive year that the two airlines have taken the top honors in the magazine's Wines on the Wings competition, 

A welcoming glass of Champagne is a key part of an airline’s business-class package and Brussels Airlines took top place with its Laurent-Perrier Brut NV.
The best first-class Champagne was Hainan Airlines’ G.H. Mumm Brut NV.

The award for best international business class white wine went to Burgundy négociant Albert Bichot's 2011 Saint-Véran, served by All Nippon Airways. The top first class white award was given to Jet Airways for the 2010 Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet
When it came to red wine, Hainan Airlines reigned supreme in both categories with its 2011 Torres Sangre de Toro.

Among the U.S. airlines in the contest, Delta dominated. The company took top honors in the best overall North American wines category, as well as winning best North American white wine with its 2011 sauvignon blanc from Merry Edwards.However, when it came to red wine, Virgin America was the cream of the domestic crop, taking the top spot with its 2003 Fantesca Estate & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa's Spring Mountain District.

For the third year in a row, Global Traveler gave the best airline alliance wine award to SkyTeam.

A total of 34 airlines took part in the competition, submitting 162 samples to a New York City tasting. The judges ranged from sommeliers to wine merchants and winemakers.

Each airline had to submit five different wines – two reds, two whites, and one sparkling wine or Champagne – in order to be eligible for the overall prize.

The top airlines in each category were:

TOP FIVE INTERNATIONAL FIRST CLASS WINES
 
1. British Airways
2. All Nippon Airlines
3. Jet Airways
4. China Airlines
5. American Airlines

TOP FIVE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS CLASS WINES
 
1. Brussels Airlines
2. All Nippon Airlines
3. Delta Air Lines
4. United
5. TAM

TOP FIVE CHAMPAGNES INTERNATIONAL FIRST CLASS
1. G.H. Mumm Brut, NV – Hainan Airlines
2. Pol Roger Extra Cuvée de Réserve 2000 – China Airlines
3. Laurent-Perrier Grande Siècle, NV – British Airways
4. Castelnau Blanc de Blancs 1999 – United
5. Drappier Grande Sendrée 2005 – TAM

TOP FIVE CHAMPAGNES INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS CLASS
1. Laurent-Perrier Brut, NV – Brussels Airlines
2. Montaudon Réserve Première Brut, NV – All Nippon Airways
3. G.H. Mumm Brut, NV – Hainan Airlines
4. Tie:
  • Jacquart Brut Mosaïque, NV – Delta Air Lines and Etihad Airways
  • Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve, NV – United
  • Château Langoa-Barton 1997, France – China Airlines
  • Aquamarine Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Israel – EL AL Israel Airlines
5. Billecart-Salmon Brut, NV – Jet Airways

TOP FIVE WHITE WINES INTERNATIONAL FIRST CLASS
1. Louis Jadot Puligny- Montrachet 2010, France – Jet Airways
2. Domaine Louis Moreau Chablis 2009, Grand Cru, France – Jet Airways
3. Henri Darnat Meursault Clos du Domaine 2010, France – American Airlines
4. August Kesseler Riesling 2008, Germany – All Nippon Airways
5. A. Schmitt Riesling 2009, Germany – China Airlines

TOP FIVE WHITE WINES INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS CLASS
1. lbert Bichot Saint- Véran 2011, France – All Nippon Airways
2. Ridgeback Sauvignon Blanc 2012, South Africa – South African Airways
3. Joseph Drouhin Saint- Véran 2011, France – Delta Air Lines
4. Dreissigacker Silvaner & Chardonnay 2012, Germany – airberlin
5. Wente Vineyards Morning Fog Chardonnay 2011, California – United

TOP FIVE RED WINES INTERNATIONAL FIRST CLASS
1. Torres Sangre de Toro 2011, Spain – Hainan Airlines
2. Château Larrivet-Haut Brion 2005, France – British Airways
3. Château Malescot Saint- Exupéry 2008, France – All Nippon Airways
4. Tie:
5. Wairau Hills Pinot Noir 2011, New Zealand – Etihad Airways

TOP FIVE RED WINES INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS CLASS1. Torres Sangre de Toro 2011, Spain – Hainan Airlines
2. Abadia Retuerta 2009, Spain – TAM
3. Zuccardi Zeta 2008, Argentina – LAN
4. Barón Ladrón de Guevara 2010, Spain – airberlin
5. Château Laroque 2003, France – Etihad Airways

Related stories: The Best Economy-Class Wines

Source: www.wine-searcher.com