Sipping a great glass of white wine or champagne at 30,000 feet is among the ultimate luxuries of travel and London-based Business Traveller tests the best airlines have to offer every year in its Cellars in the Sky Awards. The international travel publication has just revealed its 2013 winners and singled out EVA Air in the Best Business Class White and Best Business Class Sparkling categories.
EVA won the Gold Medal first place award for Best Business Class White with Chassagne Montrachet Vieilles Vignes 2010 and its second Gold Medal first place award for Best Business Class Sparkling with Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004. EVA began pouring the Montrachet in 2013. It is made with grapes from 50-year-old vines and described by wine experts as having an adjustable acidity balanced with a focused and delicate flavor. Wine experts rank it among the top white wines in the world. EVA began serving Dom Pérignon when it introduced its luxurious Royal Laurel Class business cabin in 2011. A lively champagne with vibrant flavor, Dom Pérignon is especially popular among business travelers.
“As we continue to upgrade our cabin services, we are also elevating the standards for the wines and spirits that we offer our business travelers. We are constantly on the lookout, not only for business travel trends but also for ways to innovate and improve our passenger experience,” said Austin Cheng, President of EVA Air.
EVA began offering delicate Laduree Macaroons from Paris and Yoku Moku butter cookies from Japan on flights to selected destinations in 2013. Special deserts such as these are unexpected but delicious treats for Royal Laurel Class passengers. While items such as the macaroons are fragile and especially difficult to preserve during flights, they enhance the travel experience.
Business Traveller has been identifying the best wines airlines serve inflight in its Cellars in the Sky competition every year since 1985. This year, 28 airlines entered the tasting, including Emirates, Qantas, Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and more. The magazine’s panel of experts judged wines that airlines serve in first and business classes in Red, White, Sparkling, Fortified and Sweet categories. Among the four judges who independently scored the wines this year were:
- Charles Metcalfe, co-chairman, International Wine Challenge and food and wine matching guru,
- Peter McCombie, Master of Wine and top restaurant wine consultant,
- Robert Joseph, author and wine critic, and
- Richard Bampfield, Master of Wine and wine consultant.
To or from Europe, Oceania, North America and cities in every region of Asia, EVA offers more easy, one-stop connections to more major business and leisure gateways than any other airline. Travelers and wine aficionados can learn more about Business Traveller and its annual Cellars in the Sky competition at http://www.businesstraveller.com/news/100195/cellars-in-the-sky-awards-2013-winners-revealed and they can book flights, buy tickets and select seats for EVA services worldwide by contacting a travel agent, ticket broker, tour operator or airline ticket office or by clicking on www.evaair.com.