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 OKOSHI Motohiro, who has made his mark far and wide as a wine taster and wine director. Under his 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.
Born 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. The Cristal 2013 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.
Península Vino Atlántico is a wine of superb quality made from Hondarrabi Zerratia, an indigenous wine variety harvested in the Basque region of Spain.
This wine is loved by the locals and called Txakoli in Basque dialect and Chacolí in Spanish.
It has a colorful aroma evoking citrus and pineapple and features lively acidity and saltiness.
While its body is light, this is a well-focused dry wine that offers you a smooth palate and crisp afternote.
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.
〔Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Others〕
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 "Kanehachi”.
Some selections were awarded Gold, Silver medals from the world knowned wine competition, International Wine Challenge "Sake Department".
Founded in 1873. Hakurakusei's sake maker/oenologist is proud of his numerous experiences as an invited judge at sake competitions since he was quite young. Niizawa Brewery's credo is producing "Supreme sake for fine dining" through their brewing process, based on their unquestionably accurate palate and 5 senses.Many of Hakurakusei's sakes have garnered top positions at the prestigious "SAKE COMPETITION" that boasts the world largest number of contenders, and it is widely renowned as a sake brewer of "Quality First." This sake was created as bespoke sake for JAL, taking into consideration the barometric pressure and unique environment when airborne at 30,000+ feet in altitude. Please relax and enjoy this karakuchi (brut) sake that superbly educes the inherent charm of any cuisine's ingredients, whether Japanese or western.
Now Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, where you can smell the fresh sea air off the Pacific, which led to the name of the Sake, "Isojiman (pride in its rocky 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, hich 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 of state of the G8 member countries. Isojiman won Gold Awards in both the "Junmai Daiginjo" and "Junmai" categories at the 2010 International Wine Challenge, proof that Isojiman Brewery is truly 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.
"Queen of Blue" has a sweet scent of fruit and honey with a gentle, refreshing taste, combined with a robust body like black tea, but without any bitterenss or astringency.
This well-balanced flavor makes "Queen of Blue" an ideal pairing for any meal.
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