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Andrea Robinson has been hired by Delta Airlines to create an in-flight wine menu. Maybe flying will be fun again.

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“Andrea Robinson is one of the world’s hottest master sommeliers and is helping Delta create a unique, high-flying wine discovery for our global customers,” said Joanne Smith, Delta’s senior vice president of Global Product Development and In-Flight Service. “Andrea’s selections are perfectly matched with Chef Michelle Bernstein’s superior cuisine offerings in BusinessElite and appeal to our valued first and coach-class customers, making for a memorable flight experience.”

Last year, Robinson tasted more than 900 bottles, including dessert wines and champagnes from around the world, at Delta’s world headquarters in Atlanta. Top candidates then were tested in flight before she and Delta settled on the 2008 wine program. Finalists had to meet Delta’s strict criteria for outstanding flavor, brand recognition, diversity and destination connection, as well as ease of serving in flight. The result offers Delta customers more than 130,000 cases of some of the world’s best and most creative wine offerings to be enjoyed in 2008.