#TDF2017 Rolls Through Champagne: But That’s Not What We’re Drinking

If you’ve followed the first four days of the Tour de France, which kicked off Saturday, you’ve already witnessed enough drama for three entire weeks. In Stage One, wet road conditions and unyielding metal crowd barriers conspired to send two riders to the hospital and, the next day, out of the Tour. Stage Two seemed positively mild in comparison, giving German sprinter Marcel Kittel a pleasant moment in the sun. On the third day, fan favorite Peter Sagan worked his magic to out-pedal all the others on a tricky uphill finish. But none of that is unusual in the Tour; it rains, people crash, the favorites show up and win. And then we got to Stage Four.   Continue reading “#TDF2017 Rolls Through Champagne: But That’s Not What We’re Drinking”

The Enduring Allure of Champagne (French #Winophiles)

Champagne.  Uttering the very word evokes a visceral response, one that sparks the neurons and magically transports us to another place and time.  Sure, there are other sparkling wines, and many of them are high-quality sippers at that.  Cava, Crémant, Franciacorta, Prosecco, Moscato – each of these prompts images of gaiety, happiness, and light.  But only Champagne (that word again!) instantly connotes celebration, conviviality, and … Continue reading The Enduring Allure of Champagne (French #Winophiles)

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