TOP CHAMPAGNES IN BUSINESS AND FIRST CLASS – announced last week at The Business Traveller Cellars in the Sky Awards

The Business Traveller Cellars in the Sky Awards have been running since 1985. This year a record number of 36 airlines participated. Blind tastings were held in November on November 4 and 5 at the Grosvenor House, in London.  The five judges include:

•    Charles Metcalfe, TV wine presenter and co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge

•   Sam Harrop, Master of Wine and winemaking consultant

•  Derek Smedley, Master of Wine for more than 40 years, consultant and co-chairman of the               International Wine Challenge

•  Peter McCombie, Master of Wine, accredited tutor for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and        consultant, and

•  John Worontschak, leading winemaker and wine business development consultant


Business Class Champagne/Sparkling

1. Qatar Airways – Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle 1996

2. Etihad – Henriot Blanc Souverain

3. (JOINT) British Airways, Qantas and Singapore Airlines – Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve  AND        LAN – Louis Roederer Brut Premier

5. Jet Airways – Dom Pérignon 2002

First Class Champagne/Sparkling

1. Qantas – Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1999

2. United Airlines – Henriot Brut Millésimé 1996

3. (JOINT) Qatar Airways, All Nippon Airways and Cathay Pacific – Krug Grande Cuvée

4. Thai Airways – Bollinger 1999

5. Malaysia Airlines and Jet Airways – Dom Pérignon 2002

Participating Airlines:

Aer Lingus, Aegean Airlines, Air Astana, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Alitalia, American Airlines, All Nippon Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, El Al, Etihad, Emirates, Finnair, Gulf Air, Iberia, Jet Airways, Kenya Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, Korean Air, LAN, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Oman Air, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, South African Airways, TAM, Thai Airways and United Airlines.

About Liz Palmer

Liz Palmer is a well-respected wine journalist since 2004 and has an international reputation as a critic and judge. Liz has had the pleasure of interviewing and tasting with some of the industry’s leading winemakers, professors and personalities. Liz Palmer’s articles have appeared in national and international magazines. She is one of four founding international hosts for #ChampagneDay 2011-2017; she has served as a judge for the 2013-2017 Global Traveler's Wines on the Wing airline wine competition (New York); 2014-2017 Michelangelo International Wine Awards (South Africa) 2014-2017; and for the The Stevie Awards for Women in Business (New York) (2014-2017). Her Memberships include: Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada, Circle of Wine Writers (UK), International Federation of Wine and Spirits Journalists and Writers (FIJEV); Wine Century Club (NYC), The Fine Wine Reserve, and Les Dames d’Escoffier (President – Toronto Chapter). 2017 Awards: Liz Palmer’s first book, “The Ultimate Guide To Champagne” has received the National Award for the best French Wine Book at the Gourmand World Awards 2017. On April 7th, 2017 she was awarded the title of “Dame Chevalier” of the Ordre de Coteaux de Champagne at an official ceremony in Paris.
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