Business Traveller has unveiled its
annual Cellars in the Sky wine awards, celebrating the best wines served on
long-haul flights in business and first class. The awards were presented by
well-known TV wine presenter and wine critic Charles Metcalfe at the Business
This year Lufthansa was the big winner,
walking away with four awards for Best First Class White Wine, Best First Class
Sparkling Wine, Best First Class Wine Cellar and an overall award for the Consistency of
Wines across Business and First Class.
Airways won awards in both business class (Best White Wine), and first class
(Best Red Wine), while Cathay Pacific bagged the award for Best Business Class
Red Wine, Qantas’ entry was judged Best First Class Fortified or Sweet Wine, and KLM
and Singapore Airlines shared the award for Best Business Class Sparkling Wine.
won Best Business Class Fortified or Sweet Wine, and for the second year in a
row was also the winner in the Most Informative Wine List category. Finally
Star Alliance walked away with the Best Airline Alliance award.
from 29 airlines were tasted by experienced wine judges including Charles
Metcalfe over a two-day period in November 2008, at Park Plaza County Hall in London, and commenting on this year’s
awards Metcalfe said:
“There are some wonderful wines among this year’s
winners. Some carriers really succeed in finding fine wines that suit the
conditions of air travel. It’s not enough just going for a famous name. Not all
wines that taste great on the ground will work in the air. It’s not easy to
find wines that satisfy the expectations of a business or first-class traveller and taste good on board.
“It was very rewarding spending two days tasting
all the wines that had been entered. We have tried to select the wines we
thought would really please business and first-class flyers. Congratulations to
the winners for their hard work choosing them. These winning wines will really
contribute to a positive in-flight experience.”