Last month, Singapore Airlines won first prize for the Best Overall Wine Cellar at Business Traveller’s Cellars in the Sky Awards.
To decide on a worthy winner, Business Traveller conducted blind tastings on wines from 35 airlines and had a four judge panel independently score the wines in a London hotel.
Winners included Korean Air and their first class red, a Château Clerc Milon 2007. British Airways scooped best first class white with a Domaine d’Ardhuy Corton Charlemagne 2009 and Jetstar’s Church Road Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2013 won best business class white.
But Singapore Airlines came out top with three bronze awards, one silver and three gold.
According to The Telegraph, first class travelers flying on the airline between London and Singapore can expect to drink the likes of Dom Perignon 2006, Krug Grande Cuvée, Kevin Judd’s Greywacke sauvignon blanc, Château Cos d’Estournel 2004 and Clonakilla shiraz.
While the business class wine list includes Taittinger Brut Millésime 2007, Domaine Laroche Chablis and Taylor’s Ten Year Old Tawny Port.
The Telegraph reports that the airline gets through over two million bottles each year and has a particular interest in Bordeaux, buying wines four years in advance to serve to economy passengers, and 10 years ahead for First Class, in order to secure stock. They also employ an expert panel to taste around 1,000 wines every year.