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Does wine taste better at 30,000 feet? American Airlines wants to find out

An American Airlines passenger enjoys a glass of wine during a flight.
An American Airlines passenger enjoys a glass of wine during a flight.

Many travelers believe a glass of wine tastes better at 30,000 feet, in part because of the dry climate of an airplane cabin.

Now, American Airlines wants to take that appreciation of vino to new heights.

The Fort Worth-based airline has hired master sommelier Bobby Stuckey to lead the company's wine program. Stuckey will select wines for in-flight beverage service, as well as in Admirals Club and Flagship lounges and Flagship First Dining.

"The wine experience doesn't need to be confined to fine dining or not fine dining," Stuckey said. "What we want to do is to be able to choose and curate great, delicious wines whether on the ground or in flight."

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Look for Stuckey's wine selections to appear in American Airlines airplanes and lounges later this year.

The airline's current master sommelier, Desmond Echavarrie, will continue to work under the guidance of Stuckey, according to a company news release.

Stuckey is well-known for his wine selections at the French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., and before that was a sommelier at The Little Nell restaurant in Aspen, Colo.,

Gordon Dickson: 817-390-7796, @gdickson