ANA announces new wine and sake line-up
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has renewed the wine line up and added new Japanese sakes to its inflight menu selection.
“ANA is honored to curate one of the finest airline wine selections in the world,” said Yutaka Ito, Executive Vice President of ANA. “Our wide selection of fine wines meets and surpasses our customers’ needs and complement our in-flight meal options. Our goal is to make ANA the best cellar in the skies.”
In August 2017, approximately 2,800 wines from 18 countries were reviewed, and 30 experts from around the world came together for a blind taste test of approximately 200 wines. Two sommeliers who joined ANA’s connoisseur program last year, Olivier Poussier and Satoru Mori, participated in the selection process. ANA chefs, staff, and flight attendants with sommelier qualifications joined them.
At the blind taste testing, 54 wines were eventually selected from a variety of regions, including Japan, Europe, North and South America, Oceania, and South Africa. Twenty-eight of the wines will be served in the cabin and 26 in ANA’s lounges. ANA’s own original blended wines will also be offered on ANA international First Class, Premium Economy, and Economy Class. The airline will also start providing champagne on Japan domestic Premium Class.
Starting in September, the sake menu will be enhanced Aramasa No. 6 ANA-type Junmai Namazake (Unpasteurized Sake) to the First-Class menu and Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute ―Yamahai Ginjo in Business Class.
A detailed description of many of the the airline’s wine offerings can be found here.