Recently I noticed that many of the wines I get excited about and that I tend to choose and buy are based more on a memory or experience that I associate with the wine than any other reason. What about you? Do you have a fond memory of a wine you enjoyed that special someone or at a great party or for just about any other reason?
I’ve been home for a few days now. All unpacked, laundry is all done, slowly catching up on sleep, and some friends and family have already been made to look at my 650+ photos. But, I wanted to tell you about the last stop on the big tour, Los Angeles.
Let me start by talking about Air New Zealand. Really enjoyed their hospitality for my flight from Auckland to Los Angeles. The flight attendants were lovely, the plane was new, the movie selection had over 50 movies from “When Harry met Sally” to “My Week with Marilyn” and one of the best things of all, they played music in the toilets. It’s amazing how such a little thing could mean so much to me. It made the whole experience very relaxing and the washrooms were spacious (for a plane) and decorated nicely. One had wallpaper with a chandelier on it. Really made you feel like you were not being rushed, like I normally do. Thanks for the little things Air New Zealand.
My last days in New Zealand have been great. Things have been slowing down a bit. Not any huge adventures, but still great fun.
Because I have not treated myself enough, on Thursday I went for an aqua massage and a soak in the thermal pools at the Polynesian spa in Rotorua. That was great. I don’t think my skin has ever been so smooth. But I don’t think I will be getting the sulphur smell out of my swimsuit any time soon. Time to buy a new one.
Before I get to today, let me catch up a bit. After leaving rainy Wellington, I went to sunny Hastings to meet up with another winery. This time it was the awesome team at Trinity Hill. They were a great bunch and their wines are fantastic. Have to try some more when I get home.
I wrapped up my time on the south island yesterday. But not before I did a bit of work and met with a few wineries for my vblog that I’m doing for a wine website. I met with the great husband and wife team at Staete Landt Winery and Jane Hunter and team over at Hunter’s Wine. I won’t go into too much detail, as the vblog will come out after I return home. They were all lovely though.
After the big kayaking adventure, we toned things down a bit for a few days. Deb and I continued to head north on the south island, trying to get to the end. Pretty much did, as we almost reached Farewell Spit. We had gotten such an early start to the day, we were having trouble finding somewhere open for brekkie. To kill some time a walk on the empty beach was needed. Gorgeous.