LAN and TAM Airlines take home three Cellars in the Sky Awards
LAN and TAM Airlines took home three new awards last night at Business Traveller's annual "Cellars in the Sky Awards", which recognises the best airline wine lists across the globe. The winning wines were selected by a panel of experts from among 250 entries submitted by more than 30 airlines.
LAN and TAM Airlines were awarded silver medals in the "Best Business Class Fortified or Dessert Wine" category, for the 2007 Croft Port LVB (Late Bottled Vintage), which appears on both airlines’ business class wine lists. TAM Airlines also received a bronze medal in the “Best First Class White Wine” category for its German Dr Bürklin-Wolf Gasbohl 2009, Pfalz.
LAN and TAM’s wine lists are regularly updated and are selected by renowned sommelier Arthur Azevedo and the only master sommelier in Latin America, Héctor Vergara.
Hugo Pantano, Executive Chef of LATAM Airlines Group, commented, “It is a great honour that Business Traveller magazine has awarded our wine list for the fourth consecutive year. We invest a great deal of time in researching, updating and developing our in-flight wine lists to ensure that our customers enjoy new, unique and exciting wines during our flights.”
Among the award-winning wines, Pantano highlighted the singularity of the Croft Port Late Bottled Vintage 2007, produced to the highest standards of excellence and representing one of the most recognised types of wine in the world, Port Wine. “LBV is a very special type of Port produced from exceptional harvests that combines the body of vintage Port and the elegance and complexity resulting from years of aging in oak barrels” he added.
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