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Photo Release -- High-Flying Wine Cellar: Delta and Master Sommelier Andrea
Robinson Take Wine and Travel to New Altitudes in 2008

ATLANTA, Jan. 10, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- She may not wear that famous designer
red dress worn by Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) flight attendants, but master
sommelier, TV host and author Andrea Robinson is adding her own stylish touch to
travel with a sophisticated wine program boarding in February and a new
in-flight program revealing little-known travel tips from regarded foodies,
called "Local Flavor."

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As Delta continues reinventing the travel experience for its customers, Robinson
is redesigning the airline's wine list to offer globe-trotting customers
superior selections at 30,000 feet. Robinson's selections make their debut in
BusinessElite(r), Delta's international business class product beginning in
February, and will expand to international coach and domestic first and coach
class later in the year. The new wine choices will complement Delta's upscale
BusinessElite culinary experience, including a personalized five-course meal
with contemporary offerings by Michelle Bernstein, a prominent chef of the
Mediterranean-style, highly acclaimed bistro, Michy's in Miami.

Delta's new tantalizing BusinessElite wine menu for February and March include:

 White Wines                                                       Region
 -----------                                                       ------
 Wente, Riva Ranch Reserve, Chardonnay 2006     Central Coast, California
 Haymaker, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2007     Marlborough, New Zealand
 Red Wines
 A-Z Pinot Noir, 2006                           Willamette Valley, Oregon
 Chateau Lacombe Noaillac, Medoc-Bordeaux 2005  Bordeaux, France
 Pre-Departure Sparkling
 Mionetto, Prosecco Brut                        Veneto, Italy
 Duval-LeRoy Brut NV                            Champagne, France
 Dessert Wine
 Chambers Rosewood Muscat                       Victoria, Australia
 Ferreira Dona Antonia Tawny Reserve Porto      Portugal
"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

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

"This is a wonderful opportunity to treat wine connoisseurs or those who are
beginning to develop their own wine tastes with as unique and exciting a wine
experience as the destination itself," said Robinson. "Since wines can taste
different in flight, I've painstakingly chosen wines with enough flavor
intensity to shine -- even at 30,000 feet." Beginning this spring, Robinson will
host "wine culture" seminars with thousands of Delta flight attendants that will
enhance the personalized service they provide to Delta customers. The seminars
will focus on how to recommend wines that pair best with certain entrees, how to
present a bottle, and how to properly fill a wine glass.

Delta's new wine program is one of many enhancements planned for its
international BusinessElite service. Delta now offers BusinessElite customers a
full, open bar before departure, versus the previously-offered champagne and
mimosa service. This spring Delta will take delivery of the first of its new
Boeing 777 long range aircraft, which will feature full lie-flat beds giving
customers more comfort and personal space on ultra long-haul flights like New
York JFK to Mumbai, India. Additionally, the airline is planning new
BusinessElite meals created by Celebrity Chef Michelle Bernstein, new elegant
china and serviceware and upgraded in-flight amenity kits.

"Local Flavor" reveals little known travel secrets

Andrea Robinson is also helping Delta customers find the very best in travel,
food and wine destinations with a new onboard entertainment program called
"Local Flavor." In the 30-minute segments featured on Delta on Demand, Robinson
and her husband John scour popular destinations like California's Napa Valley,
Seattle, Paris and New York to ask recognized foodies what they recommend as
insider favorites for visitors to their area.

"As a wine educator, I'm often asked, 'How do you learn about wine?' The answer
is by tasting it," said Robinson. "Of course we're on a wine discovery in 'Local
Flavor,' but we also look for tasteful side trips, great dining deals and the
best places to stay so travelers can make the most of their travel."

The first "Local Flavor" segments, featured on Delta's transcontinental U.S. and
international flights where Delta on Demand is available, include:

 * Napa - Delta's Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson and her husband John 
   uncork the best of Napa Valley wine country with the locals and take
   viewers for a fabulous foodie weekend of touring, tasting and dining on
   their home turf, guided by recommendations from celebrity insiders 
   including Margrit Mondavi, and French Laundry Chef Thomas Keller. 
   Viewers learn how to taste wine like a pro, where to find great dining 
   deals, and which splurges are worth it to really make a memorable wine 
   country weekend.   
 * Seattle - The Robinsons take viewers out on beautiful Lake 
   Union for some local wine, cheese, and of course, salmon.  With 
   Seattle's foodie celebrities as their guides, they put together an 
   amazing weekend of outdoor fun and incredible cuisine.  
 * Paris - The pair fly right to the heart of Paris' food obsession. 
   Viewers will learn where to harvest the best artisanal breads, cheeses, 
   charcuterie and patisserie courtesy of insider tips from Parisian 
   experts Patricia Wells, Chef Daniel Boulud and Pastry Author Doree 
   Greenspan's recommendations.  
 * New York - The Robinsons reveal how the city that never sleeps never 
   goes hungry, either!  Uber-restaurateur Danny Meyer, Food & Wine 
   magazine Editor in Chief Dana Cowin, and Star Chef Daniel Boulud, share 
   their insider dish on the must-taste specialties morning, noon and 
   night, and John and Andrea show viewers where to walk, dance and shop 
   off the calories and find the best wine list deals in the whole city.
Customers can see more, and weigh in with their own picks, at "Local Flavor" segments will be refreshed every month.

Andrea Robinson, one of the country's leading wine educators, is one of only
fifteen women in the world who have been appointed Master Sommelier by the
prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers. She was the first woman ever chosen Best
Sommelier in the United States by the Sommelier Society of America, and is also
the first appointed Dean of Wine Studies for The French Culinary Institute in
New York City, where she graduated with honors from its renowned 600-hour
professional culinary program. Andrea was named Outstanding Wine & Spirits
Professional by the James Beard Foundation in 2002, and was selected by Bon
Appetit Magazine as Wine & Spirits Professional of The Year in 2004. She is the
author of the best-selling GREAT WINE MADE SIMPLE: Straight Talk from a Master
Sommelier, lauded for its original, real-world approach to wine, as well as the
author and publisher of GREAT TASTES MADE SIMPLE: Extraordinary Food and Wine
the annually-updated, pocket-sized populist guide to the most popular wines
available in stores and restaurants. Her TV shows, Simply Wine, and Pairings
with Andrea, both air weekly on Fine Living Network.

Delta Air Lines operates service to more worldwide destinations than any airline
with Delta and Delta Connection flights to 321 destinations in 58 countries.
Delta has added more international capacity than any major U.S. airline during
the last two years and is the leader across the Atlantic with flights to 36
trans-Atlantic markets. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers more
than 500 weekly flights to 63 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also
allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on nearly 15,000 flights offered by
SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global
airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations,
flights and services. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners,
Delta offers flights to 485 worldwide destinations in 106 countries. Customers
can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at

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