jamie goode's wine blog

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Just a quick post from the road. Finally arrived in Beijing about an hour ago - pretty painless so far - a very big, modern looking city. I'm staying on the outskirts of the centre and so far haven't done any exploring. Should be an interesting visit. The flight was a long but comfortable one with Singapore, spoiled only a little by having an aggressive recliner in front of me on the first leg. He was one of those who reclined his seat full back at the first opportunity, just a lunch was about to be served. He then refused point blank to put it up just a little for the meal service when I gently asked him, but I think he was shamed into making this small concession on the second time of asking. Watched six films in all and still managed to sleep a bit during the 18 hours we were airborne. Just about to shower and then head off in search of some food. Oh, yes, wine. We had some on the plane. It was French, red and drinkable.


At 6:18 AM, Anonymous Stuart Peskett said...

I sympathise, Jamie. Nothing makes me more irritable on flights than when the person in front does that.

If a meal is about to be served, I just point it out to the flight crew, and they always insist that the person puts their seat fully upright, much to the chagrin of the recliner.

At 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jamie, Welcome to china! I am a chinese wine lover, I like to read your wine blog!


At 7:25 PM, Blogger Salil said...

Singapore Airlines is great for long distance. Particularly love the 'Executiveconomy' class for really long distance (NY-Sing, 18 hrs direct) flights.

Another thing I like about the wine selection there is that they usually have some German Riesling among the selection. As it's usually light, fruity and much lower in alcohol than most other choices, it does allow a bit more consumption without dehydration.

At 4:02 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Stuart, that's probably a better policy than my direct approach.

Wei, thanks for your kind sentiments.

Salil - 18 h direct? That must be the longest flight possible. There was a German Riesling option, but I didn't fancy it.


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