All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest 5-Star airline, has renewed the wine line up and added new Japanese sakes to its in-flight menu selection. ANA’s new selections will enhance its award-winning wine menu and continue showcasing ANA’s attention to detail when providing passengers with the highest quality of travel experience.
“ANA is honored to curate one of the finest airline wine selections in the world,” said Yutaka Ito, Executive Vice President of ANA. “Our wide selection of fine wines meets and surpasses our customers’ needs and complement our in-flight meal options. Our goal is to make ANA the best cellar in the skies.”
The journey to the new wine selection began August 2017 when 30 experts from around the world reviewed approximately 2,800 wines from 18 different countries in a blind taste test. 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 in-flight/ 26 lounge) wines were eventually selected from a variety of regions, including Europe, South America, Oceania, and South Africa. ANA’s own original blended wines will also be offered on ANA international First Class, Premium Economy, and Economy Class. Furthermore, it will also start providing champagne on Japan domestic Premium Class
First class passengers are able to enjoy award-winning wines such as Champagne Krug 2004, Nielson by Byron Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2015 and Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru “Morgeot” Maison Louis Latour 2015.
Not only the wine selection was enhanced, but also from September, the sake menu 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” will be included in Business Class offerings.
The new wine selections will bring a variety of options for ANA passengers, continuing ANA’s commitment to showcasing a high quality travel experience.
TOURELLE DE THOLOMIES SY & CN (ANA Original Blend) (red) and TOURELLE DE THOLOMIES CO & SB (ANA Original Blend) (white)
These original wines are made with the support of Oliver Poussier. Despite with spicy taste, the wines still keep the elegant flavor of the fruit. The red wine has the astringent and alcohol sweetness blended softly while the white wine has a light taste and is easy to drink. They will be available on international Premium Economy and Economy Class from September 2018.
Champagne Castelnau – Cuvée Brut Réserve
The floral fragrance of the Champagne is reminiscent of white flowers and gradually adds a scent of biscuits and nuts, which increases its complexity. It has a mellow and plump sour taste and a pleasant mineral feeling with a long finish that is coupled with momentum carbonic acid. It has been served since June and will continue to be served on international Business Class in North America, Europe routes from September 2018.
Champagne Duval-Leroy Brut Réserve
A family-owned champagne maker established in 1859, Duval-Leroy has always been highly acclaimed by wine critics. In this refined and creamy bubbly are gentle acidity and slight bitterness with a lingering brioche accent. It has been served from June and will continue to be served on international Business Class in Asia route from September 2018.