Does Wine Taste Different On A Plane?

Whether flying for business or pleasure, it’s always important to make sure you have everything you need right at your fingertips.

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For some, that’s choosing to fly on their preferred aircraft, for others its asking for their favorite wine to be on board. And while wine might not seem like a necessity…the beauty of flying privately is that you get to decide what’s necessary or not!

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However, you may find out that your favorite wine tastes slightly different when you’re in the air – and possibly even bad! But don’t worry, you didn’t get a bad bottle. It’s because like food, the taste of wine can  alter significantly when flying.

Fortunately, it is possible to enjoy a good wine on board a private jet – you just need to ensure that you make the right choice. Here are a few tips to enjoy your next glass mid-air:

Why Does Wine Taste Different On Board?

When flying, cabin air conditions are altered from the outside air, which affects our olfactory sensations and our tastes. Things like air conditioning and cabin pressurization, which reduce the humidity in the cabin, can make our mouths dry up, resulting in less saliva, which reduces our olfactory powers.

This also tends to make our mouths less sensitive to taste, resulting in foods tasting bland and less interesting during a flight – including our drinks.

So how can you avoid tasteless food and drinks on board your next flight? By incorporating the right type of tastes. Umami, one of the five basic tastes, is not affected during a flight and can even be enhanced under the right conditions. Umami is found in foods like cheese, mushrooms, tomatoes, meat and grilled fish.

How Wine Tastes Change When Flying

Choosing The Right Wine for Your Flight 

Some passengers can find themselves surprised when they order their favorite wine for their flight and do not recognize the taste, or think it actually tastes bad.

In the cabin, the wine becomes less strong, the tannins are more intense and the aromas are warmer. This can make the wine rougher and less intense than when tasted on the ground.

To avoid unpleasant surprises, it’s important to choose very intense wines and leave out the lighter ones.

If you like white wines, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling are often preferred when on board. For red lovers, Shiraz and Merlot are recommended. So make sure you request your favorite of those for your next flight, and you won’t be disappointed!

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PrivateFly can accommodate any wine or food preferences for your next private jet flight. To discuss on board catering, or to book a private plane charter, contact us online or call our 24/7 Flight Team at (866) 726-1222.