Exploring Emirates world of tremendous wines

Emirates cabincrew member, Magdalene Odigie (left); Chairman of Konga/Zinox Technologies, Mr. Leo Stan Ekeh; Chairman of MTN Dr. Ernest Ndukwe and Emirates Regional Manager West Africa, Afzal Parambil on the wine tasting in Lagos

Over the years, Emirates has invested extensively in its wine programme, to cater to the discerning palates of its clients. To let Nigerian clients into its world of vineyard, the airline just lately handled a choose group of visitors to a particular tasting session on the Lagos Continental Hotel, the place they’d the chance to exploring a spread of rigorously curated tremendous wines and champagne served within the First and Business Class.

It was the primary of its sort within the extremely worthwhile Nigerian market, as Emirates, the world’s largest worldwide airline, uncorked its most interesting wines for visitors and connoisseurs.

Wine tasting is the sensory examination and analysis of wine. While the apply of wine tasting is as historical as its manufacturing, a extra formalised methodology has slowly grow to be established from the 14th century onwards.

Modern, skilled wine tasters (reminiscent of sommeliers or consumers for retailers) use a continuously evolving specialised terminology, which is used to explain the vary of perceived flavours, aromas and normal traits of a wine. However, leisure tasting could use related terminology, normally involving a a lot much less analytical course of for a extra normal, private appreciation.

Emirates invested US$ 1 billion on its wine programme since 2006, working instantly with prime vineyards around the globe. Each yr, 2.2 million bottles of wine are consumed in First and Business Class and a pair of.6 million bottles in Economy Class.

On board the airline, 54 per cent of the wine and champagne is consumed in Economy class, 40 per cent is in Business class and 6 per cent in First class. Particularly, Bordeaux is essentially the most consumed purple wine in First and Business Class, at 58 per cent.

Speaking on the tasting ceremony, which lasted into the night time, Afzal Parambil, Emirates Regional Manager for West Africa, mentioned the goal of the occasion is to offer the very best expertise for his or her clients.

“Our curated wine programme is reflective of that promise. We have a strong team of wine connoisseurs, who build relationships with the world’s most prestigious vineyards, then handpick and secure the most exclusive and rare wines to pair with our food menu, for our customers.”

According to Parambil, the airline serve 80 completely different champagnes, wines and ports on its flights each day sourced from 12 international locations.

“We also offer over 30 spirits, aperitifs and liqueurs and 14 cocktails to our passengers across our network, including Lagos and Abuja,” he added.

Emirates’ most important wine producing international locations are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and USA. The wines introduced on the Lagos occasion are Dom Pérignon 2009: served solely in First Class, Emirates is the primary international accomplice of Dom Pérignon, serving the champagne for over 25 years.

Metis Sauvignon Blanc Klein Constantia 2016, which is served solely in Business Class, is an distinctive Sauvignon Blanc made at Klein Constantia in session with French winemaker Pascal Jolivet, whose wines Emirates has labored with for over 15 years. Then there was Ken Forrester Gypsy, which served in First and Business Class solely. Ken Forrester Wines, which has a partnership with Emirates for nearly 10 years, is located on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, within the coronary heart of South Africa’s most well-known wine area of Stellenbosch.

Also served on the Lagos tasting is Château Pontet Canet 5ème Cru Classé 2006. Usually served solely in First Class, the wine is owned by the fifth progress Pauillac. Alfred Tesseron and his staff commit utmost consideration to the winery and have applied a biodynamic method since 2004. This is an impressive instance of purple Bordeaux, a mode, which represents the spine of the Emirates wine choice.

The Graham’s 20-year-old Tawny Port is served solely in Business Class. It’s a mixture of older ports – bringing complexity to the mix, and youthful ports – bringing freshness and vibrancy. This pale, golden amber, or ‘tawny’ colored fortified wine is exceptionally in style with Emirates clients.

At the center of Emirates’ wine technique is its distinctive method to buying distinctive Bordeaux wines en primeur, years earlier than they’re launched to the market, after which permitting these vintages to mature and attain their potential earlier than serving on board. The Emirates wine cellar in Burgundy France, presently shops 7.four million bottles of wine – a few of which is able to solely be served in 2037.

Emirates route community consists of 157 locations in 83 international locations. The airline’s fleet consists of 259 passenger, that are A380 and B777 and 11 freighter plane, primarily B777. The airline operates a double each day flight to Lagos, and single each day flight to Abuja.

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