LATE SUMMER WINE
These Summer winery festival shows are quite something. A welcomed addition to our touring schedule and the chaps at Chateau Ste. Michelle really know how to organise them. The musical events here have been running now for over 30 years and can boast a long list of artists who have incorporated it into their touring schedules. Net proceeds – and there are indeed some due to the huge amounts of wine purchased on site by festival goers – from the annual concert series help fund their charitable contributions program, which supports a broad range of non-profit organisations. The winery produces a lovely drop and has received some of the highest accolades in the industry.
The day started with yet another gym session – I know – how does he do it? I hear you ask. Well those bloody craft beers have a hilarious effect on a 55 year-old body. Enough of that, I sauntered into the breakfast area to gasps of shock from management (I’m only a part-time member), Mark, Glenn and management together assembled form the ‘breakfast club’. They are up and at it early every day with Paul Crockford’s perpetual quest for the perfect poached eggs and little sympathy for poor coffee, the breakfast club now has legendary status. It’s always good for a bit of harmless abuse to start the day. The management/band banter is always hilarious and I often wonder what other diners must think as the laughter can be infectious. Today’s poached eggs were, I can report, perfect. It’s a nice hotel, the Shangri-La.
With Briggs and Rileys packed, bags were collected – door to door – by Sir Peter at 11:15 and departure was set for 1pm. We were driven to the GA terminal at Vancouver International and were introduced to our North American Embraer Legacy package. U.S. hostess Debbie greeted us with supreme efficiency and plates of fresh Vancouver Sushi for our inaugural trip. Now we’re back, the bubble really doesn’t fully close up until we take off on the Magic Carpet with chopsticks in hand.