Are You Ready for Tour de France by the Glass 2016?

Chances are you’re pretty familiar with wine – especially if you’re following my blog!  And as the race progresses over the next three weeks, I will provide some food and wine pairing ideas along with a little background on the wine regions and history associated with the territory for each stage.  But you might not be as familiar with cycling in general or the Tour … Continue reading Are You Ready for Tour de France by the Glass 2016?

Tour de France by the Glass 2016

Coming Saturday, July 2nd! Welcome to Tour de France by the Glass!  I created this page to pay tribute to three things I really love:  wine, bicycling, and the beautiful country of France.  Each summer I look forward to the Grand Depart of the Tour, always on the first weekend in July.  Over the course of the next three weeks, the best cyclists in the … Continue reading Tour de France by the Glass 2016

Lovely Recipes from the June Wine Pairing Weekend (#winePW)

Each month a group of wine and food writers gathers on Twitter to exchange creative menu pairing ideas.  This month the theme was Rosé, and the specific wine and food combos were totally inspiring!  Please scroll down to see the mouth-watering and hunger-inducing delights contributed by the group this morning.  Each of the links will transport you to the original post, where you can see … Continue reading Lovely Recipes from the June Wine Pairing Weekend (#winePW)

Where Sicily and Mendoza Meet: Stuffed Roasted Calamari and Perlita Rosado 2015.

Wine Pairing Weekend June 2016:  Rosé  #winePW This Saturday is my first experience with Wine Pairing Weekend (#winePW), which challenges food and wine writers to create inspired pairings around a different theme each month.  Big thanks to Nancy from PullThatCork.com for hosting this month’s gathering.   June’s focus is Rosé, a topic that could take us virtually anywhere!  As indicated by the title, my contribution is … Continue reading Where Sicily and Mendoza Meet: Stuffed Roasted Calamari and Perlita Rosado 2015.

Drinking in the Colors of Spain

This is my submission to the #MWWC25, a friendly competition for wine writers (https://thedrunkencyclist.com/2016/05/31/mwwc25-time-to-vote/).  This month’s theme is Travel.  I think I’ve missed the deadline, but it’s okay, I’ll be on time next month – maybe!  Here goes … About ten years ago I was struggling in the wake of a nasty divorce and had recently suffered through a health crisis.  Not a lot to … Continue reading Drinking in the Colors of Spain

Shake Up Your Next Wine Pairing Menu – With Cabernet Franc*

One of the reasons I love Cabernet Franc so much is its affinity for food – all kinds of food!  The wines offer an exquisite balance of fruit, acidity, and mild tannins that complement a wide variety of entrées, from freshwater fish to roasted pork or grilled beef.  In the Loire Valley of France, local chefs love to feature the area’s bounty of seafood and … Continue reading Shake Up Your Next Wine Pairing Menu – With Cabernet Franc*

Guest Blogger: David Stannard of Paradise Rescued

Today I turn over the blog to David Stannard (@paradiserescued), proprietor of Paradise Rescued, an organic winery in Bordeaux which specializes in varietal Cabernet Franc wines.  (You might remember my recent report on his book, which recounts how he turned his dream of owning a vineyard into reality.)  Here he tells the story of his next venture, resurrecting and nurturing a long-neglected plot of Merlot … Continue reading Guest Blogger: David Stannard of Paradise Rescued