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