Wine tasting in the airport departures lounge at London City

By John Walton, February 21 2012

Quick sip of Chateau Petrus 1993 while you wait for your flight? That's what London City Airport -- the tiny runway right next to the Canary Wharf financial district -- is offering.

Weekly wine tastings run from half past four until half past six every Wednesday up to 28 March, with sommelier Ben Mulvaney and the staff at City Bar & Grill in the airport's departures lounge, after security.

You'll be able to pick up a "wine flight" of three tasting-sized 50ml glasses. Each flight will set you back between £8 and £21 (A$12-31), with six flights available. Just don't get too enthralled and miss your actual flight.

But even after the weekly tastings wrap up in March -- or if you happen to be passing through on another day of the week -- you can take advantage of the restaurant's Enomatic machine, which preserves top-notch bottles once opened and dispenses them in tasting-sized glasses of 50ml.

If the Chateau Petrus isn't your kind of thing, pick up something a little more Aussie with a '94 Penfolds Grange, or go for something old world with a Prinz von Hessen Dachsfilet Riesling or a nice drop of Châteauneuf du Pape.

If you're spending some time in the UK, you can even have wines you enjoyed at the airport delivered to your hotel or short-term apartment.

John Walton

Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.

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