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British Airways introduces English sparkling wine in Club World business class cabins

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British Airways has announced the launch of English sparkling wines in Club World for a one year trial.

Four different products will be rotated during the year. First up is Digby Fine English Brut NV from Hampshire, which offers ‘great complexity and finesse’ and retails for a punchy £34 per bottle.

This will be the first time that English sparkling wine has been available in Club World, although First Class passengers have had the option of Hattingley Valley for some time.

We’d love to tell you what it’s like but sadly the BA Press Office didn’t send out any samples!

Lovers of the current champagne, Heidsieck Monopole Silver Top, will still have this as an option.

Offerings later in the year will be Balfour Rosé de Noirs from Kent, which will be blended exclusively for British Airways, Simpsons Chalklands Cuvee Brut NV from Kent and Wiston Estate Brut NV from the South Downs.

Separately, Whispering Angel Provence Rosé and sister wine The Pale have been added to the Heathrow and Gatwick lounges.


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Comments (58)

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  • Sue says:

    Just back from Dubai in CW. The Nenu said either Heidsieck Silver OR Digby English sparkling. I love the best English wine so opted fir it. Attendant back sating “sorry – not loaded”. Offered me a superior French label from First cabin. Obviously not got the logistics right yet. Btw, best CW flight menu wise ever. Adored the lemon infused king prawns in pea puree with shaved parmesan! Flt on time too.

    • NorthernLass says:

      That sounds so much better than the chicken pie we got in CW last summer! No F cabin on my next long haul though, so I hope they’ve loaded plenty of liquid offerings, lol.

    • Rhys says:

      That sounds like a big improvement on the meat & two veg menu that’s been around for months…

      • DeB2020 says:

        My flight back from Bombay / Mumbai had excellent food in Club World (lunch as well as the snack before landing). As I’m not easily pleased when it comes to food, that’s saying something.

        Heidsieck Monopole silver top champagne was the only choice of bubbles. They were generous with the top ups, although that might have been because a senior cabin crew member and I recognised each other from previous flights, when they used to sell tickets for First on the route.

  • MKB says:

    On our two-hop flight to Aruba on Sunday — the inaugural BA service — I noticed that the Digby English was listed on the menu card in the Champagne section. Didn’t try it.

    We had flags out of the window, some very excited BA staffers on board who had to be told more than once by crew to sit down, a welcoming committee with steel band, and we were all given a bag of freebies on arrival. Mine had an Aruban towel, a notebook, a luggage tag holder and a pouch full of various lotions.

  • Nick says:

    Has BA stopped offering twilight check-in at EDI?

    • Rob says:

      It was the airport itself which told us that only Jet2 and easyJet did it, so I guess they would know.

      • Craig says:

        I tried BA twilight on Boxing Day 2022 – it supposedly was there but everyone had gone home early so couldn’t do it….

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Jet2 and Tui have started twilight check in from BHX too

        Jet2.com twilight check in is available from 16:30-21:00 every day. You can drop your bags the night before travel in zone A.

        TUI twilight check in is available from 14:00 – 21:00 every day. You can drop your bags the night before travel in zone B.

  • Chris W says:

    I will never understand the appeal of twilight check-in. Who is so organised that they can say goodbye to their checked-in bag 12 hours before departure without needing anything from it but still wants the hassle of going to the airport twice….

    • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

      I assume it is the same people as the banter lads I watch with fascination board flights with both arms swinging freely, not a carry-on bag in sight and wearing grey tracksuit bottoms that would be highly susceptible to a drink spill during turbulence. I travel at all times with a change of clothes and at least overnight toiletries.

    • Bagoly says:

      I have always thought of it in combination with staying at a hotel attached to the airport for a very early flight – one doesn’t have to get up earlier to allow extra time for the risk of a long queue in the morning.
      It also allows one to go to the airport using transport that is easy for bags, drop them, and stay at a hotel connected by a shuttle ‘bus (no fun for bags).

      If you live near the airport then I agree it makes little sense.

    • Peter K says:

      I understand the appeal, but it is linked with a hotel stay the night before. There is no queue (or maybe 2 people in front of you) so check-in takes literally minutes. Then in the morning you can take your time and saunter past the check-in crowds straight to security. For me it means an extra hour (at least) of sleep in the morning and less worry about missing your flight because of check-in delays.

      • Alex Sm says:

        The flight will not go if there are known check-in delays affecting a number of its passengers

        • red_robbo says:

          Erm…not necessarily.
          There are too many other factors in the equation, for example crew hours or embargoes at the destination airport.

      • Andrew J says:

        I can’t remember the last time I queued behind anyone at checkin at any time of the day.

        • red_robbo says:

          Then you’re obviously very privileged and certainly not the average Joe.

  • Andrew. says:

    EDI Twilight.

    EDI offer 30 minutes free parking in the Long Stay car park. It takes exactly 4 minutes to walk from the tram end doors to the LS car park pedestrian gate. (over the bridge, round the new taxi rank, and zig-zag through mid-stay). The long-stay free bus has been withdrawn.

    So if you time a queue and drop-off in under 20 minutes, might be worth considering the free LS.

    • Doommonger says:

      That leaves 2 minutes for a quick wee, by my estimation.

      Doomster

      • Mike Hunt says:

        No time for a number 2 !

        • Andrew. says:

          Either way, it’s those awful Dyson integrated taps and driers at EDI.

          The kind where the engineers spent years refining the design so that every last ml of water in the sink will be blown straight to your crotch as soon as the drier is activated.

  • Dan says:

    Nyetimber would have been a great option too. I guess stronger branding too for international markets.

  • Swifty says:

    I went on a wine tasting tour and was told that the limestone rock that is under certified champagne, runs under the channel and is the same rock that the sussex grapes are grown on, hence why some English sparkling wines are v good. So there you go!

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