Celebrity spotting on NZ1
I'm sitting in the lounge at LAX, showered, relaxed and ready for the next leg of the trip to New Zealand.
Air New Zealand business class is excellent. It rocks. It is better than BA business class, because the layout is more relaxed, the cabin crew are more attentive, and like BA they also have lie flat beds. Better than Quantas, too.
Neal Martin and I were in the front part of business class, where there is just one seat on each side, arranged in a sort of herringbone pattern. I was in seat 2J, but Neal was in row 7. Some dude in row 6 offered to swap seats with me so I could be with Neal. We'd just completed the swap, then who should walk in but Victoria Beckham. She was in seat 2A, so I'd traded sitting next to her for sitting next to Neal.
Probably a good choice, because the whole of the front section of the cabin was a little star struck. It's amazing how people respond to celebrity. She got up and walked around lots, had a special meal that looked very low in calories (lots of green leaves, and then some grapes for dessert), and spent some time chatting to the girls sitting in front of me, which seemed very generous.
I felt a bit sorry for Peter Alliss, sitting in row 8, show was sleb outgunned a bit. He'd have been interesting to talk to.
Wines? Escarpment Vineyard The Edge Viognier 2008 was gently aromatic with some varietal character. Quite stylish if a little simple. Forrest Pinot Noir 2007 was pretty good, without being exceptional. User friendly, varietally true. Villa Maria Cellar Selection Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 was nicely dense, ripe and had some attractive oak. Very stylish and enjoyable.
Watched just one film in its entirity: District 9. Brilliant stuff. Got bored with The Informant (the book by Kurt Eichenwald is quite good, though, if overlong), and found Vintner's Luck to be total drivel with some angel appearing annually to a peasant wannabe winemaker who is forced to eat the soil, or something like that. Fell asleep during it.