New wine lists are coming to American Airlines’ Admirals Club lounges, Flagship lounges, and Flagship First Dining; the wine lists are hand picked by a team of two master sommeliers who spent more than a year deciding on what wines to put on the new menus out of a selection of about 900 wine options.
Customers of American Airlines’ Admirals Club and Flagship lounges and Flagship First Dining will get to enjoy new wine lists starting this month, curated by the airline’s two master sommeliers. The wine choice depends on location: passengers flying out of John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) will get wine from the Finger Lakes and passengers flying out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will have wine from Northern California vineyards.
“We’re diligent in offering a broad selection of wines so that every wine drinker can find something they like when traveling,” Bobby Stuckey, one of American’s two master sommeliers, told Travel Pulse. “We look at it more like putting together a restaurant wine-by-the-glass menu. Customers can go for a great glass of Champagne or a full-bodied red and everything in between.”
The two master sommeliers, Stuckey and Desmond Echavarrie, spend more than a year going through about 900 wines to curate a list of selections based on location and past popularity in airline lounges. Every quarter, they submit their top selections to a panel of American employees who then decide what gets stocked in the lounges.
As part of the new wine list, Stuckey worked with producers in Southern Italy to create two custom-designed wines for American under the labels Veloce Rosso and Veloce Bianco.
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