Wine consultants

Our inflight wine is designed by an acclaimed panel.

At Air New Zealand we understand that kai is much more than food. It's about whānau (family and friends) and oranga (health and wellness). How we source our ingredients matters because we are proud kaitiaki, guardians of our land. We are also inspired to be excellent hosts by manaakitanga, the Māori tradition of hospitality. Our menu is presented to you with aroha, care and pride.

Our wine consultants

Selecting wines for drinking inflight takes special care as there are unique conditions to consider. The low humidity and high altitude affect our palate, causing the tannin and astringency of wine to taste more pronounced. Our panel of judges takes all that into account when selecting wines for Air New Zealand. The judges conduct blind wine tastings to select the perfect wines for each class on Air New Zealand.

Jim Harre, international wine show judge

Jim comes from a family that is rich in winemaking history and is an international wine judge. Jim and his wife Wendy own and operate the Gates Country Lodge in North Canterbury.

An international Wine Judge with over 25 years judging experience, Jim comes from a family that is rich in wine making history.

After studying winemaking and viticulture at the Eastern Institute of Technology in New Zealand's Hawkes Bay, Jim has worked vintages in France, Australia, New Zealand and spent time working in Christie's Fine Wine Department in London.

In August 2000, Jim authored a research paper "The effect of the aircraft environment on the sensory perception of wine" which was published at the 2000 Romeo Bragato National Conference in New Zealand.

Jim has been part of the Judging teams of every major New Zealand Show and internationally Jim is a regular judge in the United States, Australia, London, Japan and China. Jim currently hold the position of senior judge with New Zealand Winegrowers, Chairman of Judges for the New World Wine Competition, Victoria Wine Competition and is a Panel Chairman for the prestigious International Wine Challenge in London.