Wine Talk

Snooth User: shanwich55

Has anyone ever had a good airplane wine?

Posted by shanwich55, Apr 24, 2010.

Just curious.


Reply by joyce53024, Apr 24, 2010.

Poggio Antico Brunello - it was Continental's Business Class, if I remember correctly.

Reply by zufrieden, Apr 24, 2010.

Never.  However, you can order fine wine a la carte on some of the better airlines.

Reply by dmcker, Apr 25, 2010.

Have had Dom Perignon several times when I've upgraded, been bumped, whatever to first class. Even got unfinished bottles of the stuff handed to me by friendly cabin attendants when flying business. Still happens these days internationally, and often in the old flying domestic. Not my favorite champagne but you can do a lot worse than drinking it and nibbling ossetra caviar all the way across a continent....

Reply by Doctor Bob, Apr 29, 2010.

LAX to JFK I have been bumped up to First Class a number of times. American Airlines has great Califorian wines. They pour from the full sized bottle. Schramsberg sparkling. Franciscan Red. Not bad.

Reply by chadrich, Apr 29, 2010.

While I can't specifically recall what bottles, the first class offerings on a Delta code share with Air France were quite respectable.  Stark contrast to what is usually offered on our domestic carriers.  I now try to look for code shares when I book.

Reply by zufrieden, Apr 29, 2010.

It occurred to me that "airplane wine" may be interpreted in a number of ways here; for example, it might be thought of as a wine purchased in larger quantities by the the airline (generically packaged or showing precise provenience, no matter) as a regular offering to customers.  A first class cabin may come complete with a name brand Champagne, par example, but I think we probably mean the generic stuff...

Reply by Fenderbaum, Apr 29, 2010.

Unfortunately not. The reds are always served chilled and the whites are always very lemony for some reason.

Reply by dmcker, Apr 29, 2010.

Zuf, almost all the other wines I've had on any of thousands of airplanes I've flown weren't worth mentioning. Only first class offerings by Singapore Airlines, Royal Thai, and one or two European carriers. American-flagged airline wines are excreble. Too bad you can't carry your own wines onto the airplane any more. Have popped corks in cabin on my own wines, and had my own food as a picnic with my traveling companion(s) in the past, but post 9/11 US airline policies have put paid to that.

I figured if it was served on the plane, even in first class, it fell within the parameters. Now if you want to talk about refreshments served on private jets, flying between, say, Ibiza and London.... ;-)

Reply by penguinoid, Apr 30, 2010.

Being upgraded to first or business class is something I always fantasize about every time I fly internationally. Never happened yet, most probably because I'm hardly a frequent flyer. I always end up back in standard class, mumbling about the lack of legroom.

Reply by chadrich, Apr 30, 2010.

Just to add another thought here...while I am not trying to defend airlines for their less than stellar wine offerings; it is important to remember that at altitude in a pressurized cabin, tastes are somewhat dulled.  So while it's probably legit to comment on the quality or lack thereof based on know wine names, it is probably a bit unfair to conduct a tasting on a flight and assume the outcome to be representative of the wine.  That said, most airline wines still suck.

Reply by shanwich55, Apr 30, 2010.

I am super scared to fly and when I do, the way I drink wine completely changes.  Instead of savoring it and taking it in for an experience.  I am looking for some get me effed up juice and kill my pain.  I am only hoping the alcohol content is high.   I think they know that.  In fact, I have never asked what they are offering.  I say, "white wine."  This is why I didn't even know what kind of wine they are serving!!!

Reply by John Andrews, Apr 30, 2010.

Qantas actually had a pretty good wine list in business class.  Business Traveler have issued awards.  Here is the list for 2009:

Reply by wine o new york, Apr 30, 2010.

Never.....not so far......however I distinctly remember having a few great bottles before getting on a plane or two in my time......I prefer to drink several scotches on a plane rather than a wine....i think they go better with the pretzels.  :)

Reply by zufrieden, Apr 30, 2010.

Getting back to some of the comments about the execrable (quote) airline-labeled wines, I'd have to agree that the products themselves are just barely drinkable in most cases (executive cabins excluded in this example).  I drink them anyway since they (strangely) pair well with airline food - if food is what they call it (cardboard seems more appropriate, somehow) and long voyages by air are notoriously boring and uncomfortable - even in good seats - so any analgesic helps.

Of course, if I was seated with one of you wine lovers, perhaps the trip would seem much shorter - especially if we were allowed to take a truly drink-worthy wine with us to share in a convivial imbibe. 

Reply by Dennis Lim, Nov 19, 2011.

Remembered I had this white wine on Royal Thai a few months ago. It may not be a well-celebrated wine but I liked it so much that I kept drinking - with food (one glass per course!!!!!!), while fiddling with the IFE controls, just before I dozed off, and even as a first drink when I woke up! Even asked the attendant to pass me a bottle for a view of the label...

Too bad I was too sloshed to remember what wine I drank, so... well one of the biggest regrets of my life... Anyone knows what that wine is and can help me out?

Reply by DADT, Nov 19, 2011.

If you're being served wine in a dixie cup you probably won't enjoy even top end wine - consider taking your own glass - there are lots of good quality stemless glasses avaiable in travel cases that don't take up much room and can be taken through security

Reply by napagirl68, Nov 22, 2011.


Reply by dmcker, Nov 25, 2011.
Edited Dec 4, 2011

Years ago I kept getting comped Dom Perignon on United, when I was flying business or even economy, because of my miles status. Haven't flown them for awhile, though, so don't even know if they serve the stuff anymore.

Royal Thai service is a lot better than any North American carrier's, in whatever class. As is SQ's. North America, in the professed interest of overweaning competition and an incompetent search for security, has turned commercial flying into a horrible nightmare--getting to the plane, and while on it. Life is too short to put up with it if you're able to find alternatives....

Reply by D9sus4, Dec 1, 2011.

I had several glasses of a very nice, robust Portuguese red wine a few months ago on a Lufthansa return flight from Munich. Best part is that it was complimentary, even in coach, and they followed up after dinner with a nice Cognac (yes, the real thing, not brandy).

Unfortunately, I didn't write down the name of the wine or Cognac. But, I'll definitely fly with them again!  

Reply by David Wells, Dec 1, 2011.

In the U.S. no, International flights are better. However, on flights to Sonoma, I feel like the wines are a little tiny bit better because my palate is getting ready for the good stuff! 

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