Champagne and Wine Service on Qatar Airways Business Class 777-300ER - Doha to Johannesburg
What I find is an airport full of life and airport lounges buzzing. It is more than the World Cup. Qatar Airways and airport staff do their tasks as well as I have ever seen them done. Walking around the airport, I feel none of what the blockade had set out to achieve. Resilience.
I forego my booked seat of 1E and opt for an unoccupied seat closer to the window, 1J. After nestling in, I am offered a drink and go for a glass of Drappier Brut Rosé de Saignée. It works nicely as an aperitif. When one is boarding the plane, something fresh strikes the right note. This 100% Pinot Noir champagne is one of few made the saignée method in which it is made as a by product of the red wine that is fermented. Fine bubbles and creamy mousse meet the eye and mouth, while notes of red fruits - raspberries, strawberries and cherry are followed by hints of citrus. A lovely crisp finish ensures that I have another before take off!
Of course, for the sake of this post, I try pretty much all the wines on board. I ensure that I stay hydrated though and drink as much water as possible. The latter is always the best way to fly. On this note, another thing I like about the flight attendants is how seamless the service is. Whether it is Cha, Midori or Virginia serving me water, they all know I am having the sparkling water. No mistakes are made.