JAL First Class passengers can enjoy specially selected wines from around the world. Pair a glass with a fine meal and enjoy a quality moment with us.
JAL has brought onboard Motohiro Okoshi, who has made his mark far and wide as a wine taster and wine director. Under his advisement, cabin crew members with sommelier qualifications have carefully selected wines that we invite you to pair with your meal and enjoy.
Wine Director of SUGALABO
Born on April 24, 1976 in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Joined the service industry after working as bartender. Facinated by wines, he went to France and on returning to Japan, acquired a sommelier qualification in 2000. After participating in competitions and achieving experiences, he went to France again from 2006 for 2.5 years to deepen his understanding of wines. He continues to visit wineries and producers and communicate the essense of wines as Japan's first wine taster. Also knowledgeable of Japanese sake and sochu, which he highly acclaimed for creating the perfect match of wine, Japanese sake and cuisine.
Kenichi Ohashi MW
Master of Wine (MW) is an international qualification created in 1953 by the London-based Institute of Masters of Wine.
It is regarded as the most prestigious qualification in the wine industry.
Born in 1967. Native of Tochigi Prefecture.
Developed his knowledge of wine and sake by managing the family sake retail business, Yamajin Co., Ltd., based in Utsunomiya City.
Acquired the world’s highest wine qualification, Master of Wine, in 2015.
Established a firm position in the global wine industry.
Serves as a judge for many wine competitions across the world, such as the International Wine Challenge (IWC), held in London, one of the biggest wine competitions in the world.
Awarded “IWC Personality of the Year 2016”.
It has a rich, fruity flavor reminiscent of well-matured grapes and tastes like citrus fruits blended with white pepper, matured Chinese quince, quicklime, and bread-like yeast.
Enjoy the complesity of the refreshing aromas and flavors from the 2006 vintage wine.
One of the countries most renowned for its Sauvignon Blanc grapes is New Zealand. The Marlborough region is particularly popular, where Yealands Estate, the producer of this wine can be found. The Yealands house, one of the largest in scale and owned by an individual, is known for its continuous sensitivity toward the environment. Nuances of grapefruit, passion fruit and green notes of tomato leaves choreograph the wine's sensation of coolness. Whilst a very fruity flavor is its trademark, the taste remains dry from the first attack to the after note. A good marriage with salads with tart dressings and fresh, lighthearted cuisine.
Château d'Armailhac in the village of Pauillac, owned by 1er Cru maison Château Mouton Rothschild, boasts Cinquièmes (5th) Cru classification which has been bestowed on only 60 chateaus in the region. This château is renowned for the sublime quality of its wine that even exceeds the 5th Cru status thanks to the technology of Mouton Rothschild that has been infused into this wine. The aroma of cassis, flavors of oak and licorice are pleasantly integrated into the wine's body of cabernet sauvignon. With nuances of fresh mint, silky tannins, and condensed fruitiness, this wine offers you a long-lasting elegance. An excellent match with grilled red meat cuisine that brings out the inherent richness of the fat and lean parts, such as beef roti and grilled lamb.
Here is an introduction to a couple of wines made by Japanese overseas.
We offer a broad selection of rare Japanese sake that are often difficult to find. Our shochu options are the well-liked Moriizo and a brand being much talked about now, Kanehachi.
For other alcoholic beverages, please search for "drinks" on the inflight meal search screen.
Passengers who need to drive after disembarking should kindly refrain from drinking during the flight. Driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous and legally prohibited.
The blue tea is offered with a wine glass, just perfect for passenger not drinking alcohol.
Blue tea is a kind of Chinese high-grade green tea. It is made by taking 3-7 days to drip in a wine bottle.
The rich smell and flavour are enjoyable with any cuisine.
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