Viogn-Yay! Review: Benjamin Darnault Viognier 2015 — Appetite for Wine

Are you enjoying the heat of summer?  Or are you, like many of us, boiling over?  Whichever it is, try a glass of Viognier to cool off.  Here’s a great write-up on one you should try, from my fellow wine lover Appetite for Wine.  Clink! I’m not normally a big Viognier fan. There are just too many low quality offerings out there that are off … Continue reading Viogn-Yay! Review: Benjamin Darnault Viognier 2015 — Appetite for Wine

Tour de France by the Glass 2016 — Stage 21: The Peloton Reaches Paris

  A Day to Relax — Sort of The last Sunday of the Tour always brings us to Paris, where the final yellow jersey will be awarded.  Respecting protocol, the peloton will relax a bit today, enjoying the ceremonial cruise onto the Champs-Elysées.  With the podium positions established after Saturday’s race, Chris Froome will indulge in a celebratory glass of Champagne with his Sky team members, … Continue reading Tour de France by the Glass 2016 — Stage 21: The Peloton Reaches Paris

Tour de France by the Glass 2016: Stage 20 — Drama in the Alps!

Saturday, July 23:  Megève to Morzine Another day, another awful Alpine stage, or so say the riders.  After almost three weeks of battling against Mother Nature, sketchy road conditions, and each other, the peloton has one more challenge to survive before the ceremonial cruise into Paris on Sunday.  This one is a beast!  On the surface it appears to be a typical mountain stage (i.e., … Continue reading Tour de France by the Glass 2016: Stage 20 — Drama in the Alps!

Tour de France by the Glass 2016: Stage Nineteen, Albertville to Saint-Gervais/Mont Blanc

Only three days to go until glorious Paris!  And from where things stand before Friday’s race to Mont Blanc, it looks like Chris Froome is destined to repeat as Tour champion.  But the battle for the other podium places will be hotly contested, with Richie Porte moving quickly up the ranks.  While no one seems likely to challenge Froome for the yellow jersey, second and … Continue reading Tour de France by the Glass 2016: Stage Nineteen, Albertville to Saint-Gervais/Mont Blanc

Tour de France by the Glass 2016: Stage Eighteen (Turkey-Leg Time Trial)

Sallanches to Megève Thursday’s  Race Profile Yes, we just had a time trial in Stage Thirteen.  But this one is a MOUNTAIN time trial!  Usually a TT course is flat; the challenge comes in riding alone and maintaining your fastest pace without any support.  Harder than it sounds, I assure you.  But Tour organizers have thrown a nasty twist into the race this year.  Look … Continue reading Tour de France by the Glass 2016: Stage Eighteen (Turkey-Leg Time Trial)

Tour de France by the Glass 2016: Stage Seventeen – Swiss Wine Scavenger Hunt

  Stage Seventeen, Berne to Finhaut-Emosson No surprise, given the stage profile map, that we find ourselves in Switzerland again today.  The peloton will climb steadily, right out of the gate, conquering two Category 3 ascents, followed by a sprint.  It is then that the true torture begins:  a Category 1 climb up the Col de la Forclaz at 4,600 feet, followed by a perilous … Continue reading Tour de France by the Glass 2016: Stage Seventeen – Swiss Wine Scavenger Hunt

A Tribute to Solitude – and Viognier (#MWWC26)

  This post is my contribution to the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (#MWWC26), a chance for us wine writers to remember that, although we are driven by our passion for wine, we actually quite enjoy the writing aspect, too.  Each month we tackle a different theme; this month it’s Solitude.  So here goes . . . .   Let me begin by stating for the … Continue reading A Tribute to Solitude – and Viognier (#MWWC26)