Fine wines in the sky

Starting July 29, Korean Air has been serving one of the finest Australian wines, “Col Cross Shiraz” to its first-class passengers on the airline’s Oceania routes, which include flights to Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland and Nadi.

Col Cross Shiraz was created in Haselgrove Winery in McLaren Vale, an internationally renowned wine region in southern Australia.

The wine is matured for 18 months in oak barrels to allow for fruit expression and to bring out oak tannins and flavors. The wine boasts a deep cardinal red color and has a pronounced and distinct wild blueberry note with hints of smoked cured meat and a raw wood spice with a hint of chocolate.

Medium-bodied with layers of blackberries, black current and earthy flavors, Col Cross Shiraz has a strong heart of firm chewy tannins and refreshing acid, with a peppery finish.

Korean Air purchased almost half of the 1,221 bottles of Col Cross Shiraz produced in 2011.

The airline is also currently serving French and Californian wines on these routes, as well as one of the finest champagnes in the world, Perrier-Jouet, to its first and business-class passengers on international routes.

Mexico route changes

Mexico’s largest airline AeroMexico will change its current route to Narita via Tijuana from Sept. 18, offering flights from Mexico City to Tokyo via Monterrey International Airport instead (pending government approval).

AM57 will depart Narita airport at 3:25 p.m. on a nonstop flight, arriving in Mexico City at 2:35 p.m. On the return, Flight AM58 will depart Mexico City at 11:25 p.m. with a 1 hour, 45 minute layover in Monterrey, arriving in Narita at 6:45 a.m. two days after departure.

AeroMexico is strengthening its flight network out of Monterrey, a new hub that currently connects to 19 cities, including Guadalajara, Leon, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosí and Querétaro.

The airline expects many Japanese businesspeople to make use of the new route as there are many business dealings between the two countries in northern and central Mexico, particularly in the automobile industry. They also predict the route will be popular among tourists as they can easily transfer to tourist destinations such as Guadalajara, San Miguel de Allende and Queretaro.

Cathay adds flights

Cathay Pacific will add two more weekly nonstop flights this winter to its current 35 servicing Osaka and Hong Kong from Oct. 26 to next March 28 to meet increasing demand.

Flight CX595 will depart Osaka at 6:25 p.m., arriving in Hong Kong at 9:55 p.m. On the return, Flight CX594 will depart Hong Kong at 7:55 a.m., arriving at Osaka at 12:20 p.m.

Cathay Pacific currently offers five daily flights on this route. The additional flights are available Thursdays and Saturdays only.

In line with COVID-19 guidelines, the government is strongly requesting that residents and visitors exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.

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