Drinking on JetBlue

As usual, we flew JetBlue out to Long Beach as it allows us a direct flight here from the DC area. Plus, there’s tons (relatively speaking in terms of planes) of leg room which is always great when you have a 6’5″ husband who gets cranky all cramped into an airplane seat. Though this time we were oh so fortunate to be on the same flight at a group of approximately 60 giggling, screeching 7th and 8th graders. Boy was that ever fun. Needless to say, I was quite pleased to see that JetBlue is now serving wine on it’s flights!

JetBlue has teamed with Best Cellars (who, if you look back a few posts, hosted a very nice tasting we attended recently) to offer a white and a red wine on flights. The wines chosen are both from Three Blind Moose, which, despite it’s critter label, actually got a chuckle from me based on the play off the old nursery rhyme. They offer a Chardonnay and a Merlot in 187 mL bottles with screwcaps for only $5. I was very pleased with the value.

I chose the Merlot, which came in at 13.5 % alcohol by volume. The nose was huge and fruity. I almost thought it could have been regular old juice from the aroma. But really, it just smelled like absolutely fresh fruit. Blackberries, blueberries and plums, with hints of chocolate. In the mouth there were raspberries, plums and just a bit of an earthy taste. Overall it was very light-bodied and easy to drink. This was a simple wine, but for $5 on a long plane ride, I was completely surprised to find anything quaffable at all. Go JetBlue!

7 Responses

  1. hi!

    i met you yesterday at the chronicle wine store in pasadena. you inpired me to start a blog! anywhoo check me out at spill-the-wine.blogspot.com



  2. Great! I look forward to reading! Loved the store!

  3. I fly to Finland on Saturday via Northwest. I have my fingers crossed for Stag’s Leap this time…last time they had Perrier-Jouet champagne, which was awesome but it gave me a headache. *)

  4. How about sneaking a ‘demi-bouteille’ on board next time? Cheaper, and more satisfying, with that exhilarating feeling of being ‘naughty’!

  5. Good to know about Jet Blue at 6’7″… also glad to hear that you got to see Pasadena – that’s my old stomping grounds, where I grew up – have a great trip! – j

  6. Joe, you’re a demi-bouteille type too? I unscrewed one filled with leftover Sicilian Syrah as a took the train back from Ontario and numerous LCBOs.

    Not to get too off topic but this was my first Syrah from Sicily and man was it good. Tastes more like Sicily than it does of Syrah but for me that’s a good thing. All this time I thought I was into Nero d’Avola. Really I’m into Sicilian wine.

    That said, I wonder who has ever been caught bringing their own wine on planes and trains?

  7. Huevos, can’t wait to hear about your trip!

    Joe, have yet to sneak any drinks on the plane…not sure you can now with the liquid restrictions, you’d have to buy it in the airport!

    El jefe, we find ourselves in Pasadena once or twice a year as the inlaws live in the area. And yes, jetblue is great for you giants!

    Marcus, I always bring wine on the train! I’ve never had anyone say anything and it makes the 6 hour trip to see the parents go by much faster.

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