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Posted: Monday, 09 August 2010 11:43

Travel Jet Airways for Best Champagne

According to the results announced by Global Traveler, the only ABC-audited magazine for business and luxury travelers, of its sixth annual ‘Wines on the Wing International Business Class Airline Wine Competition’, the best airline in the Champagne/sparkling wine category was Jet Airways from India.

Lanson Noble Cuvée Brut Millésime 1999 was the award winner in this category in which 23 wine samples had been submitted and tasted. Jet Airways also took part in the ‘Best Overall Wine’ category and was placed in the 7th position.

The competition was held on May 24 at Delmonico’s Restaurant in New York City. Thirty expert judges participated in the blind tasting of airlines’ white, red and sparkling wines. The judges were selected from a wide range of specialties, including sommeliers, wine shop retailers and winemakers. In all, 26 airlines participated and over 115 samples were tasted.

Airlines were required to submit five different wines - two red wines, two white wines and one sparkling wine or Champagne to be eligible for the ‘Best Overall Wines on the Wing’ award. This year, 49 reds, 46 whites and 23 sparkling wines were submitted. The overall winner was Austrian Airlines- winning the award for the first time.

The runner-up in the overall category, Qatar Airways, took home top honours in the Best White Wine category, with their Selbach Oster Riesling Kabinett 2007 from Zeltingen based winery in Mosel (featured in an earlier edition of delWine).

Perhaps, it was his temptation to drink the Best Champagne in the premier class that cost Captain D Giles, the French commander of jet Airways his job. On his way home to France he boarded a Jet Airways flight to Brussels from Mumbai and was upset that he was not allotted the premier-class seat where he could enjoy the Lanson Brut ’99. He had to settle for cheaper booze and reportedly in an inebriated state starting abusing the airline in front of other passengers. On landing, the commander reported the incident following which he was fired.



Yegas Naidoo Says:

I had no idea about the shenanigans of Captain D Giles. As a matter of interest I would like to inform you that "Wine on the Wings" is competently managed and co-ordinated by my gracious and informed New York based friend Ms Eunice Fried. I made a  mutual introduction some time back and I am certain she is receiving your Newsletters with gratitude. Yegas

Posted @ August 14, 2010 14:20


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