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Wine: Flying High with JetBlue’s Mint Class and Their Delicious Curated Wines

The Matthiasson 2015 Linda Vista Chardonnay, one of the special new wines on offer in JetBlue Mint class service from Los Angeles to New York. Photo courtesy JetBlue.

By Jenny Peters

Flying cross country from LAX to JFK just got a little bit nicer, as JetBlue airlines has ramped up its Mint premium class wine offerings, expanding on an already specially curated program into something even more interesting than before.

JetBlue’s Mint class has been very successful since its launch in 2014, when the carrier decided to give travelers the chance to cross America in luxury. Mint class features 16 22.3”-wide seats with extra-long lie-flat beds (6’8”/203 cm) with four of them actually private suites, each one with a closable door that puts passengers into their own little cocoon.

JetBlue’s Mint class offers an elevated wine experience in the air. Photo courtesy JetBlue.

JetBlue’s Mint class offers an elevated wine experience in the air. Photo courtesy JetBlue.

And in that cocoon (or any Mint-class seat, for that matter) is where the fun begins, with tapas-style food created by New York’s Saxon + Parole restaurant’s Executive Chef Brad Farmerie, espresso and cappuccino made from the first purpose-built cappuccino machine made for a U.S. airline, specialty cocktails and those extra-special wines, curated by wine expert Jon Bonné.

“I try to find the next thing, before it is actually the next thing,” Bonné explains. “And I want to give people a choice on board, and perhaps a wine experience that they have never had before. Something new to discover while they are in the air.”

The gorgeous landscape view from Hanzell Vineyards, one of the wineries chosen to supply JetBlue Mint class with top-shelf California wines. Photo courtesy Jenny Peters.

The gorgeous landscape view from Hanzell Vineyards, one of the wineries chosen to supply JetBlue Mint class with top-shelf California wines. Photo courtesy Jenny Peters.

His past finds have included offerings of some of Napa and Sonoma’s best lesser-known wines, ranging from Hanzell’s Sebella Chardonnay to Bedrock Wine Co.’s Old Vine Zinfandel. The wines poured during the Mint flights change every quarter; the newest crop includes a big change, as Bonné has for the first time moved beyond California wines for this end of summer selection.

JetBlue’s flight attendants will pour the 2015 Macari Rosé sourced from the North Fork of Long Island in New York, which is the first of their “onboard guest selection series” that will feature wines from various vineyards, both domestic U.S. offerings and international choices as well.

JetBlue planes at the ready. Photo courtesy JetBlue.

JetBlue planes at the ready. Photo courtesy JetBlue.

Rounding out the other selections on Mint flights – which are also offered on the West Coast from San Francisco (SFO) to JFK, as well as SFO to Boston (BOS), and will launch in October 2016 from LAX to BOS – are newcomers to the Mint oenology experience including the Matthiasson 2015 Linda Vista Chardonnay, the Wind Gap 2015 Soif Red and the Turley 2014 Juvenile Zinfandel. One thing that doesn’t change in Mint is the hugely popular Roederer Estate Brut Champagne from NoCal’s Anderson Valley; it’s such a favorite that JetBlue isn’t messing with its success.

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<p>Jet Set Jen is the brainchild of Jenny Peters, a longtime freelance journalist whose career has spanned everything considered “Lifestyle” reporting, from movies and celebrities to fashion and fast cars, with plenty of food, wine and travel thrown in too. She currently contributes regularly to USA Today’s 10Best.com, AARP.org, New York Magazine, Coast Magazine, Bask Magazine and numerous other newspapers, magazines and websites worldwide. She is a founding and voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (www.criticschoice.com), which annually honors the year’s top films with the Critics’ Choice Awards. Jenny and her crack cadre of reporters at Jet Set Jen offer up opinions, suggestions and insider scoops on the best that the world has to offer, to keep you on the cutting edge of that ever elusive pursuit of life, liberty, happiness – and fun, fun, fun.</p>