Japan Airlines has created its own original cuvee wine that it will begin serving in its premium economy and economy class cabins from August 1, 2018.
The new Double “O” wines, which comprise both a red and a white variant, have been developed by the airline in partnership with French wine producer, Paul Sapin, and have been released to commemorate 160 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The white wine blend is predominantly made using Grenache Blanc (56 per cent), with Muscat (27.5 per cent), Vermentino (12 per cent), Viognier (3 per cent) and Gewurztraminer (1.5 per cent) also playing a role.
Meanwhile the red blend comprises Grenache Noir (57 per cent), Syrah/Shiraz (24 per cent), Marselan (9 per cent), Carignan (5 per cent) and Muscat (5 per cent).
Travellers can expect to see the wines become available across Japan Airlines’ international network, though this will be done progressively. The first flights to see the new wines from the beginning of August will be on the carrier’s Tokyo Haneda-London and Tokyo Haneda-Paris routes.
Japan Airlines is not the only carrier to develop its own in-flight wine blends, however. This time last year, rival Japanese carrier ANA introduced its own bespoke red and white wines for its first and business class passengers, developed in collaboration with Master of Wine, Ned Goodwin.
Business Traveller runs its annual Cellars in the Sky awards to recognise the best business and first class wines served by airlines worldwide. See the results of our Cellars in the Sky 2017 Awards here.