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Published on : Saturday, July 23, 2016
Some of the best Antipodean wines would be served to passengers in over 200 journeys, irrespective of whether they are travelling in economy or business class about 30,000 feet in the sky.
For the passengers travelling to Oceania, this is a concept that is completely new to them. And, for the passengers who are leaving Oceania, it is probably their last enjoyment of Australian wine.
Qantas Airlines is the third largest buyer of Australia to purchase home-grown wine. It has also been serving off-menu service for several years, though it is often unnoticed.
This airlines company has already trained about 2,000 staff members in wine ever since the Sommelier in the Sky program have been launched.
The flight attendants of Qantas Airlines are provided three days of schooling. The attendants undergo one complete day of blind tastings. In addition, they need to appear for an examination which comprises 80 questions as well as an assessment of practical skills.
Then, an expert panel handpicks the wine bottles that are placed on board.
The wines are tasted for their flavor of their fruit, balance of intensity and also their freshness. The other parameters for tasting the wine are their acidity, sedimentation, alcoholic units and whether they would be suitable to endure the impact of long-distance travel.
As many as 19 brand new wines would be tested by Qantas this month that includes dessert wine, reislings, pinot noirs, shirazes and cabernets.
Tara Warra, Yarra Valley winery, said that it feels wonderful to receive positive feedback from the customers who praise the quality of the wine that is served to passengers on board the flights.
American Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Emirates also boast of some of the best wine experts and wine cellars on board.