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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

World's Best In-Flight Wine Lists Revealed!

With top-end travel an increasingly competitive business, airlines around the world spend millions of dollars each year polishing their wine lists in the hope of attracting more passengers.

Their efforts are noted at the annual Cellars in the Sky awards, organized by U.K.-based Business Traveller magazine.

At this year's awards ceremony, Qantas once again topped the medal table, winning Best Overall Wine Cellar, Best First Class Cellar, and Best Business Class Cellar. In addition, the airline – nicknamed "The Flying Kangaroo" – was judged to serve the best sparkling and white wines in first class.

Two airlines won double awards: Emirates snatched the gold medals for best red wine in first class and best fortified/dessert wine in business class, while Taiwan-based Eva Air was honored for having the best business class white and sparkling wines.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Best Overall Wine Cellar
1. Qantas
2. Emirates
3. (JOINT) El-Al, Cathay Pacific

Best First Class Red
1. Emirates – 2005 Clarendon Hills Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia
2. British Airways – 2007 Napanook, Napa Valley, California
3. Emirates – 2000 Château Cos d’Estournel, Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France

Best First Class White
1. Qantas – 2009 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay, Margaret River, Australia
2. TAM Airlines – 2009 Dr Bürklin-Wolf Pechstein Grand Cru, Pfalz, Germany
3. (JOINT) El-Al – 2012 Yarden Viognier, Galilee, Golan Heights, Israel; Malaysia Airlines – 2011 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, Mosel, Germany

Best First Class Sparkling
1. Qantas – 2000 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, France
2. (JOINT) Korean Air – 1998 Laurent-Perrier Alexandra Rosé, Champagne, France; Singapore Airlines – 2004 Dom Pérignon, Champagne, France
3. American Airlines – Gosset Grande Réserve NV, Champagne, France

Best First Class Fortified/Dessert 
1. El-Al – 2011 Yarden Heights Gewurztraminer Late Harvest, Golan Heights, Galilee, Israel
2. Qantas – Seppeltsfield Paramount Rare Tokay NV, Australia
3. (JOINT) All Nippon Airways – W.& J. Graham’s 30 Year-Old Tawny Port, Portugal; TAM Airlines – 2005 Croft Late Bottled Vintage Port, Portugal

Best First Class Cellar
1. Qantas
2. All Nippon Airways
3. British Airways

Best-Presented First Class Wine List
1. Qatar Airways
2. Qantas
3. Singapore Airlines

Best Business Class Red
1. Cathay Pacific – 2008 Murray Street White Label Barossa Shiraz, Australia
2. Qantas – 2011 Best’s Great Western Bin One Shiraz, Victoria, Australia
3. (JOINT) Etihad Airways – 2010 Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz, Clare Valley, Australia; Finnair – 2012 Atteca Vieilles Vignes, Calatayud, Spain

Best Business Class White 
1. Eva Air – 2010 Vincent Girardin Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes, Burgundy, France
2. Cathay Pacific – 2009 Taylors Chardonnay, Clare Valley, Australia
3. Air Canada – 2013 Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

Best Business Class Sparkling
1. Eva Air – 2004 Dom Pérignon, Champagne, France
2. (JOINT) All Nippon Airways, Qantas, Singapore Airlines – NV Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve, Champagne, France; Emirates – 2004 Veuve Clicquot, Champagne, France
3. American Airlines – 2008 Moutard, Champagne, France

Best Business Class Fortified/Dessert
1. Emirates – Graham's 20 Year-Old Tawny Port, Portugal
2. Qantas – 2008 Lillypilly Noble Blend Family Reserve, New South Wales, Australia
3. Austrian Airlines – 2010 Kracher Cuvée Beerenauslese, Neusiedlersee, Austria

Best Business Class Cellar
1. Qantas
2. Etihad Airways
3. Cathay Pacific

Best-Presented Business Class Wine List
1. Air New Zealand
2. Qatar Airways
3. Finnair

Source: www.wine-searcher.com