All wine comes in 187ml bottles. These will be opened for you unless you ask.
Most wine now comes from comes from La Casila in Spain - which is unusual. This is not really a complement. However it's better than the muck of a couple of years ago when it pumped out Castello MonteVibianno Vecchio, a pretty much unknown vineyard in the Marsciano area of Italy. However bmi seems to have a marketing deal with the guys, and buys all it can. In the Business Lounges, you'll also find one larger full size bottle of red, and one of white.
Be warned that some wine is from a vintage that was 2 years old, and had already started to deteriorate.
This is quite unusual. La Casilaerdejo Verdejo wines is aromatic, soft and full-bodied - which is unusual for a white, but then the grape used here is normally used as a red. Verdejo is a variety of wine grape that has long been grown in the Rueda region of Spain. The grape originated in North Africa, but in spain in the 1990s they planted it and with lower temperatures means less oxidation, giving a smoother wine.
When the crew offer this you may hope you are being offered La Casella, located in the heart of the Italian region which produces Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Oh no, you end up with the Spanish version instead.
Tempranillo is a variety of black grape widely grown to make exceptionally full-bodied red wines. And so it is in this case, and the La Casilla Tempranillois made from 30 year old vines, grown in chalky soil. The bottle has a very rich and complex taste. It also has a mineral character and infused with a gentle touch of fruit.
Sadly, that full bodied flavour also means it gives thumping hangovers.
This is deliberately aimed to be sort of middle of the road, not offensive to anyone. Its bland, but drinkable, if not exactly good.
Be warned it has quite a kick in - after a few of these the cabin starts spinning. 12%.
The Viognier comes in a wacky bottle, and has a wacky taste.
It's French EU wine like, mixed from various table wines, and is, hmmm, at best unusual. 13%.
Ask for red, and you'll end up with an Umbrian Cabernet Sauvignon from the same vineyard. This is pretty harsh, and you'll need to be pretty high in the clouds to enjoy this.
Its got a bitter taste, and takes your teeth away. 13%.
The bottle looks great, a really classy bottle, which is only served in business.
The champagne is however as sweet as they come, not really the best mix of French grapes, but still worth it for the perk. 12.5%
Incidentally, this is the brand marketed as Carlsberg Export in the UK, and is stronger (at 5%) than the normal UK Carlsberg lager which is brewed at 3.8% abv.
Fancy a wifebeater?
Served weaker than in UK pubs (so passengers can walk when they get off the plane) its still a lovely smooth Belgium beer (even if it comes from Luton). In a 330ml can.
This is pretty good - the tomato juice is brought to your seat, along with a miniture of vodka, and the Worcestershire Sauce & pepper, so you can mix it yourself.
Gordon's Gin with tonic. It could be worse, far worse.