Emirates airlines hosted a wine tasting event in Lagos recently to showcase the wines that it offers in first and business class on its flights.
Victor Dituro, Emirates Airline Sommelier and wine ambassador. Dituro works on Emirates flights to offer customers a wine experience on flights and to also advice on the perfect wine and food pairing, Magdalene Odigie, Nigerian Cabin Crew was also in attendance.
In his opening remarks, the Regional Manager West Africa, Afzal Parambil pointed out that
“It’s staggering to think that we serve over 100 million meals a year with the same attention to detail in First, Business and Economy Class.
But today, we want to bring to life our wine and champagne offering. The wines on each route are carefully selected to complement the menu and include exclusives found only on Emirates. “
“Our team of wine connoisseurs builds direct relationships with some of the world’s most prestigious vineyards to handpick and secure the most exclusive and rare wines for our customers.”
“We serve 80 different champagnes, wines and ports on our flights on an average day in all classes across our international network. We source our wines from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and USA. We choose wines that are versatile, which means they’re easy to pair with the wide range of meals on our menus. In just a few moments, we will give you a taste of this pairing experience. “
The Selected Wines revealed at the Nigerian Wine Tasting Event:
• Dom Pérignon
• Metis Sauvignon Blanc Klein Constantia
• Ken Forrester Gypsy
• Château Pontet Canet 5ème Cru Classé
• Graham’s 20 year old Tawny Port
1. Dom Pérignon:
Emirates Airline typically serves Dom Perignon champagne in its First Class Cabin. They usually serve whichever vintage is most common at that time. The airline invests more in wine than any other airline. There are different brands of Dom Perignon champagne. For example, in 2016, Emirates briefly served Dom Perignon 1998 P2. In April 2018, Emirates started serving the Dom Perignon 2000 P2. Emirates has been serving Dom Perignon for 27 years.
2. Metis Sauvignon Blanc Klein Constantia:
Metis Sauvignon Blanc was inspired by Pascal Jolivet and his holistic approach to winemaking. The name Metis refers to the collaboration between the two countries to produce this great wine. This fusion of philosophies is reflected in the flower on the label that is a hybrid of the South African Protea and French Iris. Its vintage collection was produced in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Metis Sauvignon Blanc is a white wine served on Emirates Business class.
3. Ken Forrester Gypsy:
The Ken Forrester Gypsy wine was produced in Cape Town, South Africa. The character is somewhat ‘wild’, a little brambly with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, dark spices, with vanilla scents and a distinct, concentrated red-fruit focus on the finish. This is served on First and Business class cabins.
4. Château Pontet Canet 5ème Grand Cru Classé:
Château Pontet Canet 5ème Grand Cru Classé is a premium Red wine produced in Bordeaux. The wine maintains the characteristics of the great Pauillacs. It has the aroma of cedar and dark fruit with fresh and balanced red fruit and cherries. It is a sublime wine. It is a Red wine served on Emirates First class cabin.
5. Graham’s 20-year-old Tawny Port:
Graham’s 20 year old Tawny Port is a Red wine produced in Portugal. It is made with red berries, dried berries, raisins, some nuts, and hints of leather and flowery aromas; Sweet on the palate with good concentration, dried berries, spice, and a long aftertaste. It is a Red wine served on Emirates First class cabin.