This airline just won an award for having the best mile-high cellar in the world

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Singapore Airlines has taken out the top spot for Best Overall Cellar, as well as four other top gongs at Business Traveller’s Cellars in the Sky Awards.
Singapore Airlines has taken out the top spot for Best Overall Cellar. Image source: Getty

When you’re somewhere 40,000 feet above ground – even in Business Class – sometimes all you need is a glass of wine to ease the plane-xiety. But not all airplane bars are created equal.

Singapore Airlines took out the top spot for Best Overall Cellar for Business Traveller’s 37th annual Cellars in the Sky Awards. It also took out four other gongs: Best Business Class Red, Best Business Class Cellar, Best Presented Business Class Wine List and Best Presented First Class Wine List. It also received six silver and bronze awards.

Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images

On the judging panel were Litmus Wines’ John Worontschak, award-winning wine blogger Helen McGinn, Masters of Wine Peter McCombie and Sarah Abbott, and head judge Charles Metcalfe, founder of the International Wine Challenge.

Singapore Airlines’ wine expert (and Master of Wine) Michael Hill Smith said taking out the spot was “no mean feat”.

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To be eligible to win Best Overall Cellar, the airlines must enter at least one red, white and sparkling. Twenty-two airlines entered the 2022 competition.

“I was particularly pleased to see 2008 Tattinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs and Piper-Heidsieck Champagne do well, plus Australian favourites; the 2019 Clonakilla O’Riada Shiraz, the 2019 Teusner The Riebke Shiraz, and Morris Classic Liqueur Muscat,” he said.

Singapore Airlines Business Class. Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images

Australian airline Qantas took out the gold medal for Best Business Class White, Best First Class White and Best First Class Cellar. Qatar Airways took the top gong for Best First Class Fortified/Dessert Wine, while British Airways took home the gold for Best First Class Red. Oman Air won gold for Best First Class Sparkling.

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