- New wines were selected based on sommelier input and chosen for their ability to pair with ANA’s in-flight cuisine.
- New selections will be available both in-flight and at ANA’s lounges.
TOKYO, JAPAN, 2019-Nov-19 — /Travel PR News/ — All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-Star airline for seven consecutive years, will be updating its selection of wines to incorporate 62 new wines from 15 different countries. ANA’s selection of wines received the prestigious “Wines on the Wing 2019” from the U.S. Global Traveler magazine, where it was ranked 2nd overall in First Class, 4th overall in Business Class, with six of its wines being commended for their outstanding quality. The great care that went into curating this international wine list, demonstrating the airline’s commitment to offering a refined dining experience to its passengers.
The new wine choices were selected through a comprehensive process that lasted more than half a year, with input from Olivier Poussier (Best Sommelier in the World 2000) and Conrad Tokyo Executive Sommelier Satoru Mori, who is widely regarded as one of the leading voices in wine. The elite team of tasting professionals started with approximately 2000 potential wines before narrowing the selection down to 62 based on their ability to appeal to ANA passengers and pair with in-flight meals.
“ANA has prioritized the culinary elements of the passenger experience, and the dedicated sommeliers who worked to craft our selection of vintages are complementing the similar effort shown by ANA’s partner chefs,” said Hideki Kunugi, Executive Vice President of ANA. “With favorites from Europe, Australia, North America and Japan, we are confident that all passengers will be able to find the ideal wine that perfectly appeals to their preferences. ANA will continue working to improve all aspects of the flight experience, working to perfect every detail and this revised wine selection is just one part of these comprehensive efforts.”
First Class passengers will be able to enjoy a selection of premium wines and champagnes from all over the world, such as the Bordeaux Medoc 2nd Grand Cru Classé, Chateau Cos d’Estournel, high end Japanese wine and the unparalleled Champagne Krug Grande Cuvée.
International Business Class offerings have also been expanded, with Port wine being added to the menu. Another exciting addition to the Business Class selection is Skuttlebutt Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, a white wine from the suburbs of Perth – ANA’s latest Australian destination.
ANA will serve the second pressing of highly popular wine under “THE CONNOISSEURS” to Premium Economy and Economy Class international passengers. Created in collaboration with master sommelier Olivier Poussier, this wine has consistently impressed passengers since its debut.
These wine choices demonstrate how ANA is dedicated to finding the best products in the world and integrating them into the flight experience to improve comfort and convenience for all passengers.
International First Class Wine
Château Cos d’Estournel 2008
Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France / Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Produced in northern Medoc, under the famous Pagodas of Château Cos d’Estournel, is one of the left bank’s most fascinating wines. This 2008 vintage is a splendid, racy and complex with mingled aromas of licorice, tobacco leaf, graphite and black cherry notes with a bright acidity and pronounced but ripe and grainy tannins. Complete with a savory mineral finish it is a wonderful complement to beef, lamb, and other meat-based dishes.
It will be available on international First Class in European routes in November 2019 and in North American routes in December 2019.
Champagne Krug Grande Cuvée
Champagne, France / Pinot Noir, Meunier, Chardonnay
Since 1843, Krug Grande Cuvée has embodied the vision of its founder, Joseph Krug.
Every year, a new Édition is created: an extraordinary blend of over 120 wines from more than 10 different years, each maturing for at least 7 years in Krug’s cellars.
Blending so many wines from different years provides a myriad of flavors and aromas, something impossible when using a single vintage.
ANA First Class has been continually serving the supreme Champagne since its first international flight, in 1986. Best enjoyed with an amuse-bouche or appetizer.
SOLARIS Shinshu Chikumagawa Merlot 2016
Nagano, Japan / Merlot
A very attractive Merlot from the Nagano region displaying flavors of plum, strawberry and vanilla. Broad mouthfeel, with velvety polished tannins, juicy acidity, chocolatey and cedar wood notes. A round, smooth, elegant wine that pairs well with meat dishes.
It will be available on international First Class in North American routes from September till May 2020 and in European routes from June till November 2020.
International Business Class Wine
Quinta de la Rosa Finest Reserve Port
Port, Portugal / Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Roriz.
Produced in Pinhao, in the heart of the Douro Valley, the Quinta de la Rosa, and owned by the Berqgvist family.
This Finest Reserve has a vintage character with blended reserve ruby tones, with very complex scents of ripe black fruits, licorice, spices, red flowers, and a dense but refined palate. Marked phenolic grip and lively acidity perfectly balance with its sweetness.
It will be available on international Business Class in North American and European routes from December 2019.
Skuttlebutt Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2018
Margaret River, Australia / Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
A sublime expression of Australian Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon blends, it has a combination of zesty, citrusy notes, creamy texture, and bees wax and lanolin flavors. It has a precise salty and waxy long lasting finish making it a lovely accompaniment to meat and blue cheeses.
It will be available on international Business Class in North American, European, Mexican and Oceanian routes from December 2019.
International Premium Economy and Economy Class Wine
Tourelle de Tholomies Syrah Carignan ANA Original Wine(Red)
France / Carignan, Syrah
This wine is made in Pays d’Oc, France. It was originally recommended as an in-flight wine for ANA by Olivier Poussier who was named the best sommelier at the 10th World sommelier competition in Quebec, Canada in 2000.
Tourelle de Tholomies Colombard Sauvignon ANA Original Wine(White)
France / Carignan, Syrah
This wine is made in Pays d’Oc, France. It was originally recommended as an in-flight wine for ANA by Olivier Poussier who was named the best sommelier at the 10th World sommelier competition in Quebec, Canada in 2000. He recommends it for its ability to pair with Japanese cuisine.
It will be available on international Premium Economy and Economy Classin all routes from August 2019.
Domestic Premium Class Wine
Champagne HATON Brut Réserve
Champagne, France / Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Meunier
An elegant and fresh wine, with white chocolate and citrus fruit notes.
Crisp acidity, fine bubbles, a vivid, supple, harmonious Champagne.
It will be available on Japan domestic Premium Class routes between Haneda and Itami, Sapporo (New Chitose), Fukuoka, and Okinawa(Naha), from January 2020.
Maison Joseph Drouhin was established in 1880 at Beaune, in the French region of Burgundy.
This winery is representative of Burgundy and has followed family tradition for more than 130 years.
This elegant and stylish wine has been served at top-rated restaurants all over the world.
The vineyard has converted to organic farming methods in order to better represent its unique terroir to the world.
[Beaujolais Village Nouveau 2019 Vieille]
- (1)In-flight service
- Class: ANA international First Class
- Routes: North America and Europe
- (2)Lounge service
- Narita Airport: International ANA SUITE LOUNGE
- Haneda Airport: International and Domestic ANA SUITE LOUNGE
- [2019 Beaujolais Village Nouveau]
- (1)In-flight service
- Class: ANA international Business Class
- Routes: North America, Europe, Oceania, India, Southeast Asia
- (Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta)
- (2)Lounge service
- Haneda Airport: International ANA LOUNGE
- (1)In-flight service
Following the “Inspiration of Japan” high quality of service, ANA has been awarded the respected 5-Star rating every year since 2013 from SKYTRAX. ANA is the only Japanese airline to win this prestigious designation seven years in a row. Additionally, ANA has been recognized by Air Transport World as “Airline of the Year” three times in the past 10 years – 2007, 2013 and 2018, becoming one of the few airlines winning this prestigious award for multiple times.
ANA was founded in 1952 with two helicopters and has become the largest airline in Japan, as well as one of the most significant airlines in Asia, operating 82 international routes and 118 domestic routes. ANA offers a unique dual hub model which enables passengers to travel to Tokyo and connect through the two airports in the metropolitan Tokyo, NARITA and HANEDA, to various destinations throughout Japan, and also offers same day connections between various North American, Asian and Chinese cities.
ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999 and has joint venture partnerships with United Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines.
Besides the full service and award winner carrier ANA, the ANA Group has two LCCs as consolidated subsidiaries, Vanilla Air Inc. and Peach Aviation Limited. The ANA Group carried 54.4 million passengers in FY2018, has approximately 43,000 employees and a fleet of 260 aircraft. ANA is a proud launch customer and the biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
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ANA Corporate Communications
Source: All Nippon Airways