We taste more than 1,000 wines every year. So you can savour the best.
Each year, we invite three of the world’s leading experts to taste our wines – New World, Old World, red and white. Tested under cabin pressure, they look out for all the defining characteristics of a great wine. So the next time you take a sip on board, you know you’re enjoying something special that stood up to two of the harshest tests: cabin pressure and wine critics.
Jeannie Cho Lee
The first Asian to be awarded Master of Wine, Jeannie is a wine critic, judge, educator and award-winning author of Asian Palate. Her book won the Gourmand Award for Best Food and Wine Pairing Book in the World.
In 2009, Jeannie was awarded the Vinitaly International Award for her contributions to the wine industry. Jeannie holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University and a Certificat de Cuisine from Cordon Bleu. She’s also trained as a Master Sake Sommelier at Japan’s Sake Service Institute.
Michael Hill Smith
Michael is a wine consultant, wine judge, writer and commentator. In 1988, he was the first Australian to pass the rigorous Master of Wine examination and won the Madame Bollinger Tasting Medal that same year. He established the highly rated Shaw + Smith winery with Martin Shaw in Adelaide Hills in 1989.
As the current Australian Regional Chairman for the Decanter World Wine Awards, Michael has extensive tasting experience in numerous international and Australian wine shows. Michael received his education in Roseworthy Agricultural College and holds an Advanced Diploma from the London Cordon Bleu School. In 2008, he was awarded the prestigious Order of Australia in recognition of his contribution to the Australian wine industry.
Oz is one of the world’s most celebrated and colourful wine authorities. His passion began as a student in Oxford University, where he was captain of the Wine Tasting Team. Having won all the major wine writing awards – from the Glenfiddich, to the Andre Simon, to the Wine Guild – Oz also authored numerous books on wine, including Bordeaux, which was named the Louis Roederer International Wine Book of the Year in 2009.
As a former actor, Oz also hosts several popular television and radio programmes on wine. He was awarded the Officier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole by the French government.
Trained to know wine in every possible way. By colour and hue, brightness and clarity, and taste, aromas and smells, to complement the meal you’ll be enjoying on board.
Fine wine and champagne
Take your pick from an awarded wine list that includes signature champagnes, Dom Pérignon, Krug and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, specially selected to complement your meal.