The winners of Business Traveller’s Cellars in the Sky Awards 2014 were announced last week, with British Airways receiving four Gold Medals. One of which was the Best First Class Red, with Kiwa by Escarpment Pinot Noir 2011, by Larry McKenna and his team at Escarpment Vineyard in Martinborough, New Zealand.
We wanted to speak to Larry to hear what he had to say about receiving the recent award with British Airways, “I’m not allowed to have favourites but Kiwa is the one; so Escarpment Vineyard is thrilled to achieve ‘Best First Class Red Wine,’ in the Cellar in the Sky competition with Kiwa 2011 Pinot Noir and help British Airways towards winning the “Best Cellar in the Sky”.
Larry mentioned that British Airways had been pouring 3 of his Single Vineyard wines Te Rehua, Kupe and Kiwa 2011 on Asian routes in first class over the last few months. “It’s exciting to mix it with the ‘best in the air’ and ensure we will be on future British Airways wine lists. I believe it is further endorsement of the international quality of NZ Pinot Noir. Will AirNZ be able to achieve such results serving wines from only one producer?”
The annual awards, recognise the best business and first class wines served by airlines worldwide, and were presented at the Hilton London Paddington. Along with head judge Charles Metcalfe, the others were: Tim Atkin, Oz Clarke and Peter McCombie, co-chairmen of the International Wine Challenge, and panel chairman Richard Bampfield.
Business Traveller contacted more than 75 airlines in summer 2014, and 35 entered. Blind tastings took place in London in December, with the five judges above independently scoring the wines. Business Traveller’s Cellars in the Sky Awards have been running since 1985.
Congratulations to all the airlines and wineries who were among the award recipients. For the full list of winners please visit the following link: http://www.businesstraveller.com/cellars-2014