4.30am meet at Gatwick and off to Beaujolais on a Plumpton College trip. The crack group was led by Alistair who works for Wineskills at Plumpton, plus a small group of Plumpton first years: me, Benoit, Christophe W, Alex T, Michaela and Christophe L (the latter being from the wine business course). The trip was hosted by the Lycee Bel-Air with whom Plumpton has various exchange programs. Our hosts, both tutors and students, would turn out to be splendid: friendly, interesting and attentive. The Lycee Bel-air is somewhat similar to Plumpton, and has 14 hectares of vines.