Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) is adding 54 new wines and two new sakes to its onboard and lounge menus, including offering champagne to passengers travelling in Premium Class on domestic routes.
The carrier selected the wines after narrowing down an original selection of about 2,800 possible varieties from 18 different countries with input from 30 wine experts.
A total of 28 new wines will be available to passengers when in the air, while the other 26 will be offered in the airline’s lounges. ANA’s own original blended wines will also be served to passengers travelling on international flights in first class, premium economy and economy.
Among the more notable wines being served to passengers are Champagne Krug 2004, the Nielson by Byron Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2015, and Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru “Morgeot” Maison Louis Latour 2015.
Meanwhile starting in September, ANA will be adding Aramasa No 6 ANA-type Junmai Namazake sake to the first class menu until November. Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute “Yamahai Ginjo” will also be made available to business class passengers on North American and European routes between September and November.
Earlier this year, rival carrier Japanese Airlines introduced its own Double “O” original cuvee wines, which it began serving in its premium economy and economy class cabins at the beginning of August.