I’ve just opened up a highly Interim Moodie Davitt Report Bureau at British Airways’ brilliant Heathrow Terminal 5 lounge, a place in which I have spent many hours this year.
It’s a dreary, dank, chilblain-creating, cold Saturday night in London and I’m headed to Asia on my last business trip of the year, my final fortnight on the road.
I’ve got a lot of work to get through on the plane tonight so there’ll be no movies for me, just the fascination of the moving map to keep me company while I crunch a few thousand words.
I tend to cut my airport arrivals a tad on the fine side and tonight is no exception, so there’s just time to write this short Blog and peruse BA’s usually excellent wine selection.
Tonight is a case in point with a brilliant Godello (from Spain and right up there with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for zest and freshness in my view); a rare airline lounge sighting of an Alsatian Riesling (Q. How do you make an Alsation wine? A. Pull its tail, of course); an oaked South African Chenin Blanc (also a rare sight, inside or outside an airline lounge); an intriguing Santa Barbara County blend (Grenache blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne); or a choice of Henriot Champagnes. Decisions decisions…
In the end, on the basis that if I type with both hands then I should surely drink with both as well, I settled on the Godello and the Riesling. I adore Alsace and its wines and this one did not disappoint. Delicate and slighty honeyed on the first sip but finishing long, clean and just a touch off-dry. Lovely. Alsace is the most under-rated wine region on the planet. The Coroa Godello? Alluring floral aromas, lots of tropical fruit character and the fresh minerality typical of the grape. What a shame it will soon be final call. My final final call as it were for this year from Heathrow. Not for this Blog though; I look forward to bringing you impressions from Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan in coming days. Three weeks to Christmas, just three more Interim Bureauxs to opens.