So, Mrs @Pipe49 and I will be going tramping (= UK hiking) in the seaward Kaikoura range this weekend, with friends of a roughly similar vintage.
As a concession to our combined great age, we’re actually doing it as “glamping” which, in NZ, means glamorous tramping rather than camping. This refers not to the stylish clothing that we will be wearing, but instead to the fact that we will be staying in relatively comfortable accommodation, albeit remote and halfway up a mountain which is significantly bigger than any in the UK. We will also have the luxury of having some of our gear and food transferred to the next comfortable hut, rather than having to carry it all ourselves. This will, of course, include our wine stock of 12-16 bottles for 8 people for two nights. Our communal menu will be a home-smoked side of salmon with asparagus and potatoes for the first night, and barbecued citrus and mint marinated chicken kebabs with orzo salad for the second night. Our contribution to the wine stock will be these:
The Johanneshof is recognised as the best gewurztraminer in NZ, quite similar to a decent Alsace version. The Te Tera pinot noir is regularly available through the WineSoc and is a fairly light, but very quaffable example of the genre. The Jules Taylor is the classy SB which I took to our local NYE bash in the Marlborough Sounds.
Despite the assisted passage of our luggage, this will still be a fairly strenuous affair, but made easier by the knowledge that, at the end of each day, we’ll be eating and drinking good food and wine while looking out over some of the most spectacular mountain and coastal scenery in the world.