If the travails of travel have driven you to drink, you’re in good company. But if wine is your preferred libation, your options are limited.
With the combination of pressure to cut costs by serving cheapo vino and the challenge of choosing wines that retain their best qualities at the taste-inhospitable altitude of 30,000 feet, the airlines’ inflight offerings tend more to Two-Buck Chuck than to aged clarets. But there are bright spots.
For the plonk-averse, here are the 10 best airline wine programs, according to the authoritative oenophile publication, Wine Enthusiast:
- Cathay Pacific
- Etihad Airways
- Qatar Airlines
- LAN Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
- Virgin Atlantic
- British Airways
According to Wine Enthusiast, all the above “offer top-notch wine experiences in the sky, with thoughtfully curated lists designed by Masters of Wine or unique tasting programs with international selections. Be ready to splurge, however. These inflight wine programs aren’t cheap, but they’ll prepare your taste buds for landing.”
We’ll drink to that.
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This article originally appeared on FrequentFlier.com.