Anyone like Fisheye Merlot?

 
Old Jan 13, 08, 12:49 am
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Anyone like Fisheye Merlot?

Whereas I am not a wine connoisseur by any means, my taste buds do tell me when I am tasting a horrible wine, and Fisheye has to be the worst I've ever tasted.

I had this only once, and could not finish it and so I wasted a good drink coupon for it. To Continental's credit, on recent trips (IAH-CDG, IAH-AMS), in a nice way, I leaned over and discretely asked on three separate occasions if they had anything other red wine than Fisheye, and at least three FAs either winked, or laughed and searched around and managed to find some good French wine. I took that as an acknowledgement from the FA that Fisheye was not their favorite either.

On the more recent trip to AMS, my wife and I had the middle section and the FA on my side told me all they had was Fisheye, so I passed and then asked my wife, who was seated on the other isle, to ask the FA serving her, and guess what? The FA searched and found her the good French wine. What's up with that?

CO charges $5.00 for it, but I think CO pays 25 cents for it. I saw on Google that you can buy the whole bottle for $5.99. I guess some people like it.
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Old Jan 13, 08, 8:59 am
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Wine on CO is a complete mystery. I'm flying EWR-HKG in BF next week. CO puts a lot of effort on their BF first meal, but the wines (& beers) appear to be a complete afterthought. I just looked at the current wine list. Most can be bought at my local merchant for $8~9 per bottle.

Search the CO group & you'll see a lot of complaining. You aren't alone!
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Old Jan 13, 08, 9:02 am
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I stay away from the Fisheye reds (I wouldn't consider it a Merlot ). The Chardonnay isn't terrible but it still isn't very tasty.

I've only had one good wine in the front cabin and I can't even remember the name.
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Old Jan 13, 08, 1:39 pm
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Fisheye is great if you like to drink vinegar.
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Old Jan 13, 08, 8:30 pm
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Old Jan 13, 08, 9:23 pm
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Originally Posted by joslire View Post
I just looked at the current wine list.
I've never seen a wine list on Continental. And it's usually like pulling teeth to even get the FAs (in BusinessFirst) to tell you what is being offered (other than "French Red"), or heaven forbid, show you the bottle labels.

Clearly it's not that CO doesn't know wine - some of the premium wines in the EWR/IAH/CLE? PCs are fantastic. They just choose to serve swill on board.
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Old Jan 13, 08, 10:38 pm
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Originally Posted by ijgordon View Post
I've never seen a wine list on Continental.

http://www.continental.com/web/en-US...s/default.aspx
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Old Jan 13, 08, 10:53 pm
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Disgusting wine. Good, however, if you want to get drunk, and you don't want hard licquor... they're about 13.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for $5.95 a bottle. Of course, this is the company that is trailblazing the marketing of wine in a cardboard box.

The premium wine program in the hub PCs is fantastic. Why can't CO figure out the inflight wine service? Can it be that hard? We can get some decent premium spirits and imported beers inflight; what gives with the wine selection?
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Old Jan 14, 08, 1:33 am
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Good, however, if you want to get drunk, and you don't want hard licquor... they're about 13.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for $5.95 a bottle.
Bahh! This doesn't even make it good for getting drunk. If I want strong, I would look into some of the Zinfandels - Turley frequently puts stuff out at 16% or so. And the wine is well-regarded.

If I want cheap and strong, then I would rather drink Night Train, so I will at least have a theme song...
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Old Jan 14, 08, 1:48 am
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The premium wine program in the hub PCs is fantastic. Why can't CO figure out the inflight wine service? Can it be that hard? We can get some decent premium spirits and imported beers inflight; what gives with the wine selection?
It is all about $$$$. They won't pay to give away the good stuff, and the margins on it are such that they pretty much have to sell all 5 glasses from a bottle (more in the air due to smaller glasses) to break even, though I think there is actually a pretty tidy profit going on there since they are buying wholesale rather than retail. Beer and liquor are single-serving containers. Get a premium wine in a single serving and you might convince CO.
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Old Jan 14, 08, 4:06 am
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Returning from Spain this past fall after several months enjoying Spanish reds (from the Rioja & Ribera del Duero vineyards) we were surprised that only a wine from Australia was available in the main cabin.
During the last DO, I asked Gabriela, wine & beverage specialist who was serving wines at the CO HQ test kitchen, why they would not offer a Spanish wine on flights departing there. She said it must have been a catering mistake since French wine should have been served. (I must say that the French Bordeaux she offered us to sample was excellent!)
For $5, Continental should be able to offer a lot better wine. I haven't flown NW TATL in quite a while but I've heard they offer wine free with their meals.
Is it possible that the CO accountants are trying to squeeze every last penny in profits from the wine service?
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Old Jan 14, 08, 7:28 am
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Old Jan 14, 08, 8:44 am
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Interesting. I like the Fish Eye Chardonnay well enough to ask for it when I get upgraded to first. I get the hairy eyeball from the FA sometimes but they'll still go get it for me. I intend on buying a case when I'm home next.
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Old Jan 14, 08, 9:55 am
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I have read this thread with great amusement. My wife loves Fisheye Merlot. Not being a wine drinker myself, I can't comment. You are welcome to draw your own conclusions regarding my wifes taste buds.
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Old Jan 14, 08, 10:41 am
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(I must say that the French Bordeaux she offered us to sample was excellent!)
For $5, Continental should be able to offer a lot better wine. I haven't flown NW TATL in quite a while but I've heard they offer wine free with their meals.
Is it possible that the CO accountants are trying to squeeze every last penny in profits from the wine service?
It seems that you are mixing the BF wine service (the Bordeaux) with the Y wine service (Fisheye).

And yes, the accountants are squeezing the bottom line. CO offers free "meals at mealtimes" and NW offers one TATL free drink (mostly b/c of their KL relationship). That's just the way it is.
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