Philippine Daily Inquirer / 02:30 AM July 02, 2016
Cathay Pacific Airways recently announced that Master of Wine Debra Meiburg, a highly regarded Hong Kong-based wine expert, has become the most recent addition to the airline’s wine panel. Debra will join existing Cathay Pacific wine consultants Lau Chi-sun and Roy Moorfield to pick out new wine selections for passengers in all classes of travel.
Meiburg is an award-winning author, educator and international speaker who holds one of the top honors in the wine world, Master of Wine. She was ranked seventh in The Drinks Business magazine’s list of the “Most Powerful Women in Wine” and was named one of the “7 People to Watch” by Decanter magazine. A producer and host of various television shows, she has served as judge in multiple pan-Asian wine competitions. This is the first time she has teamed up with an airline to select fine wines for the enjoyment of passengers on board.
Cathay Pacific head of catering Aaron Claxton said, “We are very pleased to welcome Debra on board as one of our consultants. She is known for her global approach and great insights into Asia’s wine markets. Working in tandem with our existing wine consultants, she will help bring more unique wine experiences to our passengers.”
Commenting on her appointment, Meiburg said, “I am thrilled to join Cathay Pacific’s wine panel, and excited to review the airline’s current wine portfolio and offer guidance on the evolution of this selection. With so many interesting wines in the market today, and passengers as engaged as ever in the food and beverage experience, I’m excited at the vast potential to offer an enriched wine experience to passengers.”
Cathay Pacific serves around 80 different wines from around the world. The airline’s wine panel has to sample thousands bottle of wine every year to ensure that the selected wines fly well.