It seems as though Delta Air Lines’ pour decision to serve canned wine has been reversed.
An Eye of the Flyer reader was on a Delta mainline flight this past weekend. They learned from a flight attendant that Delta discontinued serving (awful) canned wine. (The reader also heard that about half of the customers who ordered the canned wine sent it back after taking a sip.)
Then yesterday, Delta announced a major refresh of its onboard wine offerings — adding “over 17 new wines and an exciting, diverse seasonal menu that highlights both big-name brands and little-known gems of the wine world.”
“The wine service—available in all Main Cabin and higher fare classes—offers a robust and diverse selection of flavors, allowing customers to select the perfect pairing to turn their inflight meal into a fine-dining experience,” Delta said.
In a graphic, Delta said 1,300 reps submitted products to the new wine program. The first round was pared down to 500 by “Delta teams” and Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson.
200 wines survived the cut. Only 32 of those moved on to the final round.
And 17 wines were the sole survivors.
Delta’s criteria for selecting its ultimate 17 wines were:
- Growing region
- Balance of varietals
It’s also worth noting that the wines will be served on a rotational basis. For example, the delicious Jordan Cabernet will be available only in Delta One and from September through November 2023. After that, the Delta One cabins will serve the Luca “G-Lot” Pinot Noir from Argentina.
“Delta’s new wine offerings are marginally better,” our reader said, “as instead of serving quality wines, they have put a greater emphasis on a public figure’s licensed wine, like the Intercept, or woke wines. Notably, this still isn’t as good as what United is serving in Polaris.”
I’m flying Main Cabin and First Class in the coming weeks and look forward to giving them a try!
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