Customers flying in United
Business Class on its transcontinental p.s.(SM) and international flights
are served the best “wine on the wing” according to Global Traveler’s annual
in-flight wine survey. United also received the Best White Wine award for
serving Selbach-Oster Riesling 2003 during March and April of this year.“We are extremely pleased that Global Traveler has selected United for
this prestigious award. As our customers come from around the world, it is
our priority to offer them a great selection of wines as part of their premier
travel experience,” said Jane Allen, senior vice president of Onboard Service
for United. “Our wine consultant, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine, Doug
Frost, helps us search for wines that are well-balanced, clean and rich and
appeal to our customers’ discerning palates.”
According to Fran Gallagher, publisher and CEO of Global Traveler, the
wine survey was conducted by 34 of the best wine judges in the world. Thirty-
one airline contestants submitted two white wines, two red wines and a single
champagne or sparkling wine offered in their international business-class wine
service. The Airline Business Class Wine Competition is the only wine survey
of its kind conducted in the United States.
United’s wine consultant, Doug Frost, is a Master Sommelier and Master of
Wine—one of the only three people in the world to have achieved both
distinctions. To help United find the best wine for its customers, Frost
tastes 35 wines for every one that is chosen for wine selection on board.
This year United will serve about 50,000 cases of still wine for international
business class and 7,000 cases of international business class champagne.
United submitted Laboure Roi Pouilly Fuisse Maconnais 2002 and Selbach
Oster Reisling Qualitatswein 2003 for the white wine category; Staton Hills
Central Coast Syrah 2002 and Chateau Reysson Reserve du Chateau Haut Medoc
2001 for the red wine category; and Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV for the champagne
or sparkling wine category.