The WSJ this week had an interesting piece on wines in the air (story is behind the pay wall fyi). It even linked to Gary’s post on how Delta served up $4/bottle sparkling wine on a Delta One flight to welcome guests. They “say” it was a catering error but others on FlyerTalk have reported this has happened other times.
But to me the “news” that Delta offers cheap wines is nothing new as I have reported this for years now. The wine you see above, that runs as low as $6/bottle retail, is common not just on domestic flights but even was featured on the inaugural A350 flight in Delta Premium Select seating (what other airlines call Premium Economy).
Most Delta domestic red wines are really sad (don’t even get me started on the coach choice) and the Delta Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson agrees. I talked to her at length about the horrid choices on domestic flights during the grand opening of the Atlanta B Sky Club and she lamented that is not up to her as she is over the international Delta One choices.
I have found the Delta One choices on international routes to be quite acceptable no matter what the price. Many will say that due to the impact of flying at altitude that your taste buds are so impacted that high priced wines are not worth it. I would largely agree but the inverse is not true when it comes to cheap wines. To me a cheap wine tastes even WORSE in the air than on the ground.
And that is the point of my post today. I really wish Delta would spend just a little bit more on domestic 1st class wines. After all, many more are actually paying for the current 1st class “experience” compared to everyone getting “free” upgrades in past years. Does not this alone demand better onboard choices when it comes to wine selections?
You tell me (if you are a wine drinker, that is). Do you care about the wine offered by Delta either domestically or internationally? Do you like either one(s)? Most importantly does the wine offered by Delta have ANY impact at all on your choice of buying an airline ticket on Delta or buying on another airline with better choices? Let us all know please! – René
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