This week we said a fond farewell to Mickey Blue, better known as Major General Sir Michael Hobbs KCVO, CBE who is retiring from his post as Governor of the Military Knights of Windsor.
You may recall us mentioning our fantastic English Sparkling Wine vineyard in Windsor Great Park. And considering that we are due for our maiden micro-crop from the vines next year, you are likely to hear a lot more. Simply put it would not have been possible without Sir Michael.
Sir Michael’s involvement in the project from the get-go was integral. He is a great supporter of ours and is as passionate about the vineyard as anyone of us at Laithwaites. It also helped that he knows a few of the right people, including the residents up at Windsor Castle.
Anne Linder, who has been leading the vineyard project, decided (and rightly so!) what better way to say thank you than to have a little gathering in the vineyard on a beautiful summer day (we were lucky there) for a bit of lunch and a glass of English fizz.
Sir Michael brought along his lovely entourage of staff from his office in the Castle and we were also pleased to be joined by Philip Everett, Deputy Ranger of Windsor Great Park (the Ranger being the DoE).
We took the opportunity to present Sir Michael with a few gifts to show how grateful we are. As well as a mixed case of wines from Laithwaite Family vineyards, our Fine Wine guru Emma managed to get hold of a bottle of Chateau Capbern from 1937, the year Sir Michael was born.
It was a fitting and thoroughly enjoyable farewell to the superbly cheerful Sir Michael, so much so that it was unanimously agreed that we should all return next year for a reunion.