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Miss Flying? American Airlines Will Sell You Its Wine.

Flagship Cellars Is Curating Inflight Wines to Drink at Home

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Being grounded from air travel isn't all bad.

There are no long security lines and aggressive TSA pat-downs; no middle seats and flight delays.

But there's also plenty that we do miss.

Binge-watching movies on a 16-hour haul, warm nuts, unlimited drinks and, you know, going places that are not here.

Fortunately, we can accomplish a lot on our own in the movies, snacks and drinks department. Especially now that American Airlines has launched Flagship Cellars, a new wine program that brings the same sommelier-approved wines you get on international first- and business-class flights straight to your home. 

You've got a few choices when getting started. Select from the curated cases, and you'll receive 12 mixed bottles from a diverse set of regions or a case of 12 assorted Champagnes. You can also build your own custom box of reds, whites and sparkling wines. If you'd rather take it slow, try the monthly three-bottle subscription to get surprised each month with some potable mail, or just purchase your favorite bottles individually.

In a time when there are more online wine shops, local delivery services and subscriptions than you know what to do with, it's debatable whether you need another option. But this is a way for the revenue-starved airline to sell off some of its excess wine supply, and a way for you to drink a surprisingly good inflight wine menu without leaving your couch.

And what is a couch but a business class seat in your home?

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