When airlines began eliminating meals on all but genuinely long haul flights and then began charging for \u201calternative\u201d meal options\u2014not to mention charging for the privilege of checking your bags\u2014could a discounted quality of wines in Business and First Class be far behind? It\u2019s not been an easy couple of years for the airline industry but these in-flight sips prove that\u2014with the exception of Ryanair, which \u00a0is considering charging for use of the loo as a revenue booster\u2014the push to acquire the international business traveler is still a key marketing strategy, requiring top-notch wine choices.\r\n\r\nBritish Airways BA\u2019s white selection is quality-driven, with a Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve; Pol Roger 1999 Brut; Hahn Estates 2006 Chardonnay (Monterey), A to Z 2007 Pinot Gris (Oregon) and a Michel Redde 2006 Pouilly-Fum\u00e9 La Moynerie. Les Clos des Charron 2006 Meursault, a Pazo Se\u00f1orans 2007 Albari\u00f1o and a Ferrari-Carano 2006 Chardonnay add to the appeal. Chosen by Jancis Robinson, editor of the Oxford Companion to Wine, the BA reds are no less diverse, with an Artesa 2005 Meritage (Napa/Sonoma) and a Crozes-Hermitage 2007 in Business Class and a Ch\u00e2teau Langoa Barton 1999 Grand Cru Class\u00e9, a Ch\u00e2teau d\u2019Esclans 2006 Ros\u00e9 and a ClineCellars 2005 Los Carneros Syrah in First.\r\nWhile the UAE\u2019s Qatar is a predominantly Muslim country and generally not the first place you\u2019d think of finding truly satisfying wine selections, their national airline, Qatar Airways, recognizes that its passengers want diversity and they get it with offerings from Italy, France, Germany, New Zealand, Australia and Portugal. Business Class passengers can look forward to choosing from a Laurent-Perrier 1999 Brut Mill\u00e9sim\u00e9, a Beaune du Ch\u00e2teau 2005 Cru, a Saint Clair 2008 Pioneer Block 18, a 2006 Riesling Kabinett, a Ch\u00e2teau Monbousquet Saint-Emilion 2002 Grand Cru, a Poggio Antico 2003 Brunello di Montalcino, a Hollick 2004 Shiraz or, to finish, a Taylor\u2019s 20-Year Tawny Port.\r\nVirgin Atlantic let London\u2019s venerable Berry Bros. & Rudd choose a fairly concise selection referred to as the \u201cTipple List\u201d that begins with a Pannier Brut Champagne and moves quickly into a Domaine de Pannautier 2007 Viognier, an organic Saladini Pilastri 2008 Fa lerio and a Vi\u00f1a Delia 2008Chardonnay before moving into the heartier reds, such as an Artadi Artazuri 2007 Garnacha, a Domaine de Ricardelle 2007 Alen\u00e7ades and an Inspired Company 2008 Shiraz/Cabernet blend.