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The Best Wine Lists At 30,000 Feet

Who serves the best wine at the front of plane?
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For those who can afford to go business or first class, there is an enviable selection of wines on offer.

Australian airline Qantas may have had engineering troubles with its A380 superjumbos in the past year but its wine selection is world-beating.

The Antipodean carrier took the title of Best Overall Wine Cellar at the Business Traveler Cellar in the Sky Awards in London this week.

Qantas shared the prize for serving the Best First Class Sparkling – the 2000 Champagne Taittinger Comtes de Champagne – with Oman Air, while its NV Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve was named the Best Business Class Sparkling.

The Australians also pipped Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific to the post for the Best-Presented First Class Wine List award.

Established in 1985, the vinous Olympics of the sky were judged by Charles Metcalfe, co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, and three Masters of Wine. More than 30 airlines entered from across the globe.

Oman Air also took the honours for serving the Best Business Class White – the 2010 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre La Porte du Caillou.

Brazil's TAM Airlines served the Best Business Class Red – Jean-Luc Thunevin’s 2007 Château Bel-Air-Ouÿ.

Australian-based budget airline Jetstar took a notable second place in the Best Business Class White category for its 2011 Main Divide Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.

Best Overall Wine Cellar

  1. Qantas
  2. Singapore Airlines
  3. Qatar Airways

Best First Class Cellar

  1. Malaysia Airlines
  2. Qantas
  3. Lufthansa (Germany)

Best Business Class Cellar

  1. Singapore Airlines
  2. Qantas
  3. Aer Lingus (Ireland)

Best Airline Alliance



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    Rupert wrote:
    08-Feb-2013 at 12:26:34 (GMT)

    Yeah, but the trouble is, wines are always served too cold 30,000 feet up and in daft little glasses that are smaller than ISOs. Also, ones nose and palate are totally wrecked by the cabin air, which is known to be toxic - so what's the point? A few years ago, flying Business Class with Emirates from Sydney to London, a steward opened a 1995 Ch.Brane Cantenac for me to have a glass. Before landing at LHR, I saw him pouring the remainder of the bottle down the loo. I questioned him about this and he told me they were not allowed to have open bottles on flights landing in the UK. I hope this draconian regulation has changed. So no, I don't drink wine on flights. I'll stick with water thanks - it's just such a waste otherwise.

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