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Trying Out US Airways Premium Wines

a salad and a bottle of wine

Yesterday marked my first flight of the year where my upgrade as a Chairman on US Airways didn’t clear. Thanks to my trips to the Ring of Kerry, Dublin, Vienna, and In N Out in the first three months, my EQMs meant I was top of the list. But not today.

So that meant I was sampling the latest US Airways Buy on Board for the first time in awhile AND their premium wine selection. The current offerings are a half bottle of Conundrum White Blend or Meiomi Pinot Noir for $15.99, available on flights longer than 3.5 hours.

a bottle of wine on a white background

For some reason it felt kind of weird to be ordering a half bottle of wine all for myself, even though it’s the same as ordering two single servings and on cross-country flights I probably go through more than that when flying in First. But I squelched my reticence in favor of experimenting (and realizing I had a long long flight ahead of me) and tried the Conundrum.

a bottle of wine and a plastic cup

The flight attendant who served me was quite enthusiastic about it, saying he actually really liked it, and fortunately (and unintentionally) warning me that it’s a slightly sweet wine, which I hadn’t expected, despite the description.

“…offers lush apricot, honeysuckle, and vanilla, with beautiful acidity and complexity.â€

Maybe it was the promise of acidity that made me think it was dry. Regardless, I did enjoy it more than the usual in-flight wine options though there was a touch of bitterness on the finish. And it wound up being better than the wine I had on my next flight when my upgrade did clear.

If you’re going to have more than one glass, it’s only slightly more expensive per serving than the $7 mini bottles of Casa Amada Chardonnay they’re selling. For the Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir, I’m not quite as confident. The mini bottle selection is currently from Dona Dominga, a Chileanwinery, which means for the price point it’s likely to be much better than a Californian option. But since it looks like my upgrade on the return isn’t going to clear, perhaps I will try it out.

Oh! I and I got a great tip from the flight attendant – if put the bottle down at your feet between pourings, it stays pretty chilled.

And If you’ve purchased premium wine options on a plane, what were your impressions? And is it alarming to see your seatmate order half a bottle of wine for herself?


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