Tuesday, July 21, 2015

KLM takes wine tasting to the skies

Johnnie Boer and Thérèse Boer
A unique wine-tasting event took place Sunday on board KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight 605 from Amsterdam to San Francisco featuring two of the country’s well know culinary figures.

Led by viticulturist Thérèse Boer, passengers traveling in World Business Class tasted three white and three red wines. The two wines that topped the list will be served in World Business Class the fall.

This marks the first time in KLM’s history that a wine-tasting event was held on board an intercontinental flight. World Business Class passengers, journalists and KLM’s wine panel tasted six wines during the ‘blind’ test. The two favorites, which will be served on board in the fall are The Holy Snail Sauvignon Blanc 2014 from France and the Casa Silva Cool Coast Pinot Noir 2013 from Chile.

It's well known in the airline industry that passengers experience tastes and aromas differently during flight due to factors including cabin pressure and humidity. Thus, wines with a high tannin content taste less pleasant at a high altitude and therefore don’t feature in KLM’s wine selection. 

Jonnie Boer KLM’s celebrity chef consultant joined the flight to San Francisco. Until October 26, 2015, KLM will be serving meals by Boer the three-star Dutch chef in World Business Class on flights departing from Amsterdam. 

KLM not only serves meals: from this month, KLM has been giving away the ‘Kiss of Thérèse’, a Ken Forrester and Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014 full-bodied wine selected by Thérèse. The ‘Kiss of Thérèse’ and all other KLM World Business Class wines can be ordered via the KLM website.

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