ANA’s Premium Wine Selection for 2017

ANA’s Premium Wine Selection for 2017

The finest choice of red and white wines produced by top caliber wineries from around the world have been selected to complement our First Class menu.
Savor our modern cuisine with top-class wines and experience the highest quality journey available in the skies.

Japan
Krug Grand Cuvée (Champagne)

Champagne, France
Cuvée garners unparalleled praise as the world 's top champagne.Above all else, Grand Cuvée is a superb blend of different wines from the harvest year.It has a profoundly nuanced bouquet, with the freshness of a green apple.Bubbles spread slowly throughout the palette and combine with tartness to bring out an exquisite taste.It has a good length, and faint yet long aftertaste of bitter citrus.ANA has been committed to serving the very best champagne in ANA First Class since it was introduced in 1986, and continues to serve Krug to this day.

Red Wine
Château Gruaud-Larose 2011
(Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France)

Château Gruaud-Larose is classified as Deuxièmes Crus (Second Growth) in Médoc. This wine has a nose of dried fruits, including plums and blackberries, followed by leathery complex aromas. The light alcohol blended in with the mild tannin imparts a supple, graceful flavor, leaving elegant afterflavors of vanilla and cedar.

Red Wine
R de Rieussec 2015
(Bordeaux, France)

This wine is highly regarded as one of the best dry Sauternes by wine critics. It has a fruity nose of white peaches with a refreshing coniferous nuance. The balance of alcohol and the slightly bitter, yogurt-like mild acidity imparts a voluminous flavor.

White Wine
Waimea Family Estate Grüner Veltliner 2016
(Nelson, New Zealand)

The aroma of green apples and flat lemons with a herbal nuance of lemon balm and fennel makes a refreshing impression. The harmony of brisk acidity and light alcohol makes for a highly drinkable taste. A nuance of dried flowers is added to the afterflavor.

Port Wine
Graham's 30 Year Old Tawny (Port Wine)

An outstanding port, long admired as a gem of Portugal.Established in 1820, Graham's continues to ferment grapes by handmade techniques in granite tanks under the strict quality control of the prestigious Symingtons.Rich aromas of caramel and licorice.The complex sweetness spreads smoothly despite the 20 percent alcohol.Try this tawny, an intoxicant favored by the British aristocracy, as a digestif.

*Check "Meal/Drink Menu" for the serving period and routes of the above labels. *Beverage brand is subject to change without prior notice. Please accept our apology if your choice is not available.

ANA’s Premium Wine Selection for 2017 – Wine Selection Process

From June 2017, ANA presents an entirely new wine selection for your enjoyment on board. After the selection principles were set, the wines were selected over the following six months. Approximately 2,400 labels from 15 countries entered the initial review. Approximately 300 candidate wines that passed the document screening stage were scored in the final blind tasting test. The highest-scoring wine in this process becomes ANA's selection to be served on board for one year from June. In addition to European wines, wines from various regions, including South America, Oceania, and South Africa, are chosen to add variety to ANA’s well-balanced wine list. Treat yourself to the marriage of fine wines and food for high-quality air travel on ANA.

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Tasters at the Wine Selection

When choosing the tasters for our premium wine selection, we try to match the real-life composition of passengers in an ANA cabin. Together with certified sommeliers, we mix in wine novices and persons of all ages, keeping the gender ratio close to even.The panel of about 50 tasters includes cabin attendants with sommelier certification, chefs in charge of in-flight meals, ANA employees who design services, and most importantly, the wine connoisseur and a member of THE CONNOISSEURS, Ned Goodwin (Master of Wine) and Katsuhito Inoue (senior sommelier).

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