Delta to Showcase California Winemakers on Transcontinental Flights

Those who prefer to sip delectable California wines in air are in luck now that Delta airlines has launched their Great Winemakers series.

The airlines will be serving Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Santa Barbara-based Inception wines on transcontinental flights as of September 1.

The service is available to customers in BusinessElite traveling between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Los Angeles’ International Airport and San Francisco’s International Airport.

Says Delta’s senior vice president Gail Grimmett:  “We know our transcon customers have great taste and discerning palates. This program is a natural way to further enhance their in-flight experience. The Delta Winemakers Series, combined with Wi-Fi on every flight, new cabin interiors with seat back in-flight entertainment, BusinessElite cradle seats for a comfortable sleep, and special menus designed by Napa-based chef Michael Chiarello, offers a unique cross-country flight experience for our customers.”

Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson, who has been curating the BusinessElite wines since February 2008 has chosen the following California-based wines in addition to Inception:

  • Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa Valley will feature an Equilibrium Fume Blanc and Merlot from Genevieve Janssens, Director of Winemaking. Janssens was named Wine Enthusiast’s 2010 Winemaker of the Year.
  • Heidi Peterson-Barrett, winemaker and proprietress of La Sirena in Napa Valley, will showcase a special Syrah. Merry Edwards, winemaker and proprietress of Merry Edwards Winery, will offer a Sauvignon Blanc. One of California’s first female winemakers, Edwards has more than 35 years of winemaking experience. She manages five estate vineyards with her husband: Coopersmith, Cresta d’Oro, Flax, Georganne and Meredith.
  • Dave Miner, proprietor and vintner of the Miner Family Winery, will feature a “Simpson Vineyard” Viognier 2011. Charles Krug Winery will also offer a Napa Valley Merlot from Peter Mondavi, proprietor and vintner. Established in 1861, Charles Krug Winery is the first winery in Napa Valley, producing the finest Bordeaux style wines.

This latest amenity is just the latest indulgence offered by Delta, whose service includes a gourmet three-course menu from Chiarello paired with a wine menu curated by Robinson; an extensive library of movies, TV shows, music and games offered on personal in-seat Panasonic screens; and Gogo In-flight Internet access.

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