From French bubbly to a red blend from Lake Lucerne, wine-loving travelers will find an impressive wine program aboard their Swiss Air flight. Committed to the highest products and quality service, one would expect no less from the national airline of Switzerland.
Whether you are mixing business with pleasure in Zurich, or skiing from your chalet in Zermatt, here are wines to enjoy while inflight.
Wines To Drink Aboard Swiss Air
First, kick off your trip with champagne, which should be French and served in a tulip-shaped flute to help trap bubbles that tend to escape more rapidly while in-flight.
Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle
Grand Siècle is created not from one, but three exceptional vintages that complement one another perfectly, -then, aged for at least eight years. A blend of pinot noir and chardonnay, this elegant champagne has the subtle aromas of honey, brioche and grilled almonds; lightly candied fruits on the palate, and with a pleasant mineral finish.
2017 Weinmanufaktur Brunner, Müller-Thurgau – Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne produces very little wine. This Swiss wine, made from the local Müller-Thurgau grape, is famous for its light, aromatic, refreshing taste. The light-bodied white treats the palate to notes of white rose, muscat, peach and a hint of mint and can be enjoyed with a lean and flaky fish, like perch, for dinner.
2013 Joseph Drouhin – Drouhin-Vaudon, Chablis
This vibrant French wine was organically farmed in northern Burgundy. and classified as Premier Cru. On the nose, aromas of citrus and white flowers; delicate apricot and on the palate, and a long, fruity and mineral aftertaste. A great match for a thicker textured fish, such as black cod, in an herb sauce.
2016 Château La Garde – Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux
A 86% Sauvignon Blanc, 14% Sémillon blend, this fragrant French wine displays a stunning minerality on the nose, while the palate delivers wonderful aromas of citrus fruit and exotic flowers with hint of smoke. It has a refined, fresh finish and is perfect to pair a meaty fish like salmon.
2016 Weinmanufaktur Brunner, Pinot Merlot Barrique – Lucerne
The grapes from the young winery Brunner Weinmanufaktur reach their optimal maturity in the balanced climate of Lake Lucerne. This blend combines the elegancy of Pinot Noir and the richness of Merlot, resulting in a modern red with rich aromatics, such as fig, dark chocolate and wild strawberry. Aged in oak barrels with a slight oaky taste.
2011 Château Smith Haut Lafitte – Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux
This French red blend, from an organic, self-sustained vineyard, is elegant and well-structured, with a slightly perfumed nose. On the palate, the wine displays aromas of coffee, cassis, truffles and leather, and tannins that are dense but silky.
Either of these medium-bodied, rich red wines would go well with meat, such as veal tenderloin.
Tip: To counteract the effects of cabin sounds and air dryness that alters your nose and palate, wear noise canceling headphones and use saline nasal spray for the best wine and dining experience inflight.*
Swiss International Air Lines Details
Hubs: Zurich and Geneva; swiss.com/us/en; @flySWISS.us
Part of the Lufthansa Group and a member of Star Alliance, Swiss Air operates scheduled services in Europe and to North America, South America, Africa and Asia.
*[Source: “Wine in the Sky Questionnaire Compendium”, book by Tom Harrow; published by Assouline]
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