Tasting Notes From Delta’s DC SkyClub


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By now everyone has heard about Delta’s latest enhancement, the increase in award prices across the board for Business Elite. But thanks to another enhancement (to their Sky Club complimentary drink menu) I’ve been keeping tasting notes on the various complimentary options in the Sky Clubs. What I’ve found is that it will pay dividends to get to know your Sky Club bartender because they know how to make a dirnk with what is available to them.

Thanks to my Delta Reserve card and Platinum Card® from American Express, I paid a visit to the Sky Club at Reagan National Airport to check out the Sky Club and their drink offerings.

The Sky Club is located to the left just inside of security.

Delta DC SkyClub Entrance 1

Once you go up the elevator and you’ll see the entrance straight ahead.

Delta DC SkyClub Entrance

Delta DC SkyClub Entrance

The Luxury Bar is actually fairly small but functional.

Delta DC SkyClub Bar

What sets this lounge apart in my opinion is the floor to ceiling windows on pretty much all sides. You can choose to sit on one side and see the area outside of security.

Delta DC SkyClub Seating 1

Or you can choose the other side and enjoy great views of the runway and gates.

Delta DC SkyClub View

Delta DC SkyClub Seating 2

To get things started, I wanted to taste Delta’s premium Cabernet wine, the Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The price is $10.50 per glass or $42 a bottle plus tip. That is a pretty high markup off it’s $~12 retail value.

I thought the wine tasted great. It’s pretty neat, they even give you an upgraded glass with the words Delta Sky Club on it.

Delta DC SkyClub BV Cab Wine 2

When I headed back to the bar, the bartender, Hanna, had several good suggestions. First, she offered for me to taste the house Cabernet red wine. The house red wine is called Sycamore Lane and can be found for about $6-10 a bottle.

She suggested that it tasted as good and most folks enjoy it as much as the BV option from the Luxury bar menu. Maybe it was the first glass of wine talking, but I would agree with her. While I prefer the BV, the house red was just fine.

Delta SkyClub House Red Wine

The Hanna Special

Next, she made a suggestion which illustrates that it pays to get to know your Sky Club bartender. For example, they know how to work with what they got on the complimentary bar menu. Take for example, Gordons Vodka well drink and compare it to their Ciroc Vodka. The Ciroc drink is $8 while the Hanna Special (with Gordon’s) is free + plus tip.

How to make the Hanna Special:

  • Fill glass with ice
  • Add Gordons Vodka
  • Add Cranberry Juice
  • Add Sprite (For sweet) or Club Soda (For not sweet)
  • Top with lime and enjoy

Hana Special Delta DC SkyClub

Bottom Line

With Delta’s downgrade enhancement to their complimentary bar menu, it will pay dividends to get to know your bartender. They certainly know how to disguise the “gentle roll of a razor blade” taste of Gordons Vodka in a nice mixed drink.

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  1. Another way Delta marketing hype overshadows United substance.

    For $10 I can enjoy a glass of a $40 retail bottle of wine at a United Club. No markup.

  2. Stags Leap Artemis Cab
    Rombauer Chardonnay
    Jordan Cab
    Duckhorn Merlot

    among others…

    And champagne (forget if it is Moet or Veuve) is $12

  3. I find the house wine at the Sky Club just a tiny bit too fruity for my taste. I like the reasonably well-oaked BV cab. But you are correct….. after one pay wine, the house wine tastes perfectly serviceable. 🙂

    Cheers – from the B26 Sky Club

  4. Hi Seth – I didn’t have to pull out either card. The Delta Reserve provides Sky Club access and is associated with the member account. So once the boarding pass is scanned, they see I’m a member from the card. If I didn’t have that one, I probably would have had to pull out the Platinum car to gain access. Thanks for the comment.

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