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British Airways adds English sparkling wines to business cabin line-up

The four English Sparkling wine options have been carefully selected by the airline’s Master of Wine

Being handed a glass of bubbly when you get on the plane is one of the perks of flying business but for the first time ever, British Airway Club World travellers will be offered a glass of English or French sparkling wine. Previously English sparkling has only been available in First Class, where Hattingley Valley from Hampshire is served.

The airline’s Master of Wine has chosen four award-winning English sparkling wines so customers can enjoy the ‘best of British’ bubbles from the comfort of their seat at 35,000ft.

The four English sparkling wine options – Digby Fine English Brut NV, Balfour Rosé de Noirs, Simpsons Chalklands Cuvee Brut NV and Wiston Estate Brut NV –  will be available on a rotational basis, changing every three months.

When will British Airways serve English sparkling wine?

Digby Fine English Brut NV, the first on offer and available now, has over three years’ maturation, giving it great complexity and finesse for customers to savour. This wine pairs well with delicate dishes on the airline’s Club World menu, such as the grilled cod with sweet potato mousseline, mozzarella mezzaluna or an after-dinner selection of cheeses.

From July, the airline will serve the Balfour Rosé de Noirs, a lighter rosé sparkling wine made only from red grapes grown on the Balfour Hush Heath Estate in Kent and an exclusive blend for BA.

Also made in Kent, Simpsons Chalklands Cuvee Brut NV, a wine that epitomises English elegance with its pale gold colour and delicate notes of crisp green apple, will be served from October .

Finally, Wiston Estate Brut NV, produced in the heart of the Sussex South Downs, is refreshing in flavour, with citrus and toasty notes and available from January 2024.

“We’re really proud to work with four of the very best wine producers across England to celebrate British provenance and bring exclusive sparkling options for customers to try for themselves on board,” comments BA’s director of onboard experience, Sajida Ismail.

BA will continue to serve its resident Champagne, Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Silver Top Non-Vintage in Club World so which would you choose?