All Nippon Airways (ANA) has renewed its wine line-up and added new Japanese sakes to its in-flight menu selection, enhancing the carrier’s award-winning wine menu.
Approximately 2,800 wines from 18 different countries were reviewed, and 30 experts from around the world came together in a blind taste-test to taste around 200 wines.
Two sommeliers who joined ANA’s connoisseur program last year – Olivier Poussier, named the Best Sommelier in the World in 2000, and Satoru Mori, the Executive Sommelier of Conrad Tokyo – participated in the selection process. They were joined by ANA chefs, staff and flight attendants with sommelier qualifications.
At the blind taste-testing, 54 (28 inflight/26 lounges) wines were eventually selected from a variety of regions, including Japan, Europe, North and South America, Oceania and South Africa. ANA’s own original blended wines will also be offered in ANA International First Class, Premium Economy and Economy Class. Further, it will also start providing champagne on Japan domestic Premium Class.
French wines dominate the menu, but among the range is the home-grown drop from Margaret River in Western Australia: Vasse Felix Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016, served in International First-Class cabin. View the complete range here.
“Our wide selection of fine wines meets and surpasses our customers’ needs and complements our inflight meal options,” said Yutaka Ito, Executive Vice President of ANA.
Passengers are able to enjoy award-winning wines such as Champagne Krug 2004, first-place winner in the Champagne and Sparkling Wines International First Class category; the Nielson by Byron Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2015, third place in White Wines International First Class; Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru “Morgeot” Maison Louis Latour 2015, second place in Red Wines International First Class; and the Champagne Duval-Leroy Brut Réserve, the third place in Champagnes International Business Class.
Not only the wine selection was enhanced but also the sake menu, which will see the addition of Aramasa No. 6 ANA-type Junmai Namazake (Unpasteurized Sake) to the First-Class menu and Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute “Yamahai Ginjo” in Business Class offerings from September.
Also available in September will be ANA original blend wine made by Olivier Poussier and Satoru Mori, to be found in ANA First Class, Premium Economy and Economy Class.