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 Kenichi Ohashi, Master of Wine and Motohiro Okoshi, who has made his mark far and wide as a wine taster and wine director. Under their advisement, JAL have carefully selected wines that we invite you to pair with your meal and enjoy.
Some selections were awarded Gold, Silver medals from the world knowned wine competition, International Wine Challenge.
Master of Wine
Master of Wine 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”.
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.
Only Jal's First Class passengers, can enjoy the privilege of savoring the highest quality Champagne "Salon" in the stratosphere. Since it's very first vintage released in 1921, Salon's trademarks are the harmony of higly condensed, yet clear saltiness and acidity, along with a tight, strong body.
The 2007 vintage features intriguing characteristics such as fresh citrus, white pepper and chalky effervescence with nuances of minerals. As its temperature rises, flavors of pear and bread expand to create a more intricate aroma. This is a beautifully balanced, dry Champagne with a lingering afternote.
Relax and enjoy Salon's elaborate flavor, a special indulgence just for our First Class passengers.
Cristal is one of the world’s oldest prestige cuvées, produced with quintessential Louis Roederer winemaking techniques. Cristal’s origin can be traced back to an 18th century anecdote; Alexander II, Czar of Russia, who had cherished Louis Roederer’s Champagnes, requested for one to be specially bottled in crystal bottles which would symbolize his fame. This wine is crafted from meticulously selected, top quality grapes harvested in their own vineyard. After bottling, Cristal is released only after a long maturation period of 6 years on average. Handmade in every aspect, pursuing the zenith of quality, this Champagne is in a class of its own. While the region of Champagne generally suffers dodgy weather in 6 out of 10 years, 2009 was a lucky year when winemakers could arbitrarily determine the best timing to harvest grapes ripened to absolute perfection. As a result, 2009 has become a noble vintage and a reflection of the impeccable terroirs which are the pride of Maison Louis Roederer. The Cristal 2009 vintage offers gentle flavors of pear and citrus, along with a yeasty hint of pain de mie, intricately mingled together. With itssuper-fine bubbles, thisis a dainty, soft cuvée with an impressive velvety taste on the palate from your firstsip to the last. Savorthe pleasant fruitiness and fresh, well-balanced acidity. The afternote lingers as you glide through the stratosphere.
In the early 2000’s, this winemaker started crafting distinctly different wines that reflect the character of the terrior in Wiltingen, historically one of the most highly evaluated villages in the Mosel region of Germany. Van Volxem Schiefer prides itself on the traditional vineyards hugging the steep slopes and historical buildings. This Riesling is highly aromatic, with signature nuances of citrus and fragrances of apple and limestone. Many of the wines produced in this region are known for a slightly sweet tendency, yet Van Volxem Schiefer’s Riesling is dry with a wonderfully well-balanced, crisp acidity. This wine is proof that this region’s wines deserve a closer look once again.
Chateau Lagrange, located in Saint Julien, Bordeaux is a renowned winery even among its prestigious 3rd growth peers. Since 1983, when Suntory joined the ranks of management, its reputation has been further augmented.
This claret has a sophisticated aroma that evokes cassis, mulch and licorice. Now at a gorgeous stage in its maturity, you can fully appreciate the flavors of gaiety alongside ripeness. This is a full-bodied Bordeaux, in which a complex afternote, smooth palate and elegant tannins are creating a beautiful harmony.
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Here is an introduction to a couple of wines made by Japanese overseas.
We offer a broad selection of Japanese sake that are often difficult to find. Our shochu options are the well-knowned "Moriizo" and "Hyakunen no Kodoku".
Some selections were awarded Gold, Silver medals from the world knowned wine competition, International Wine Challenge "Sake Department".
“Hiroki,” meaning “the joy of dew ascending,” brewed by Hiroki Brewery, a Sake producer in Fukushima Prefecture, rose to fame after being served at the Working Luncheon of the G8 Hokkaido Toyako (Lake Toya) Summit 2008.
Mr. Hiroki, owner and “Toji”(chief Sake maker) has a unique philosophy unfettered by thetraditional conventions of the industry. The Sake created through his technique swiftly gained a reputation among fans of boutique Sakes and is now regarded as one of the most sought after labels. Whilst most Sake from the “Tohoku” (north-east) region has a clean palate, “Hiroki” possesses a rare pomp and robustness which evoke a Grand Cru class white wine.
Isojiman Brewery was founded in the latter part of the Edo era (1830) in a harbor town, nowYaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture,where you can smellthe fresh sea air offthe Pacific, which led to the name of the Sake,“Isojiman (pride in itsrocky seashore)”.
This brewery is very obsessive about Sake production; in fact they insist on using only “Yamadanishiki” rice harvested in the Special-A ranked rice field in Hyogo Prefecture, which is regarded as the cream-of-the-crop in rice for Sake production, helping them to produce an ultimately fine Sake.
At the G8 Hokkaido Summit 2008 held at Lake Toya, “Isojiman” was served at a special reception hosted by the Prime Minister and his wife for the toast, which was well appreciated by the heads ofstate ofthe G8 member countries. Isojimanwon Gold Awards in both the “Junmai Daiginjo” and “Junmai” categories at the 2010 International Wine Challenge, proof that Isojiman Brewery istruly one of the great Sake houses of Japan.
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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