Burgundy Beckons on Stage 7 #TDF2017

Vins de Bourgogne

A few years ago, it was a stage like this one that inspired me to create Tour de France by the Glass, a wine lover’s companion to the three-week race. Day after day, the peloton pedaled through some of the world’s most famous vineyards, and I thought, I can’t be the only person interested in both cycling and wine. Not to mention the fascinating history, culture, and cuisine unique to each village along the way. Someone ought to write about that! So I did. And here I am, three years later, still relishing every minute of the best sporting event in the world.

Tour organizers change the route each year and, to be honest, that means some years lend themselves to wine exploration better than others do. The layout of the 2017 Tour is a wine-lover’s dream! Already we’ve skirted around the vineyards of Alsace and plowed right through the esteemed acreage of Champagne – and it’s only the first week.  Continue reading “Burgundy Beckons on Stage 7 #TDF2017”

#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”

Rosary Beads, Wine, and Reminiscence

Until a few weeks ago, I had never heard of Hahn Family Wines. But while I was skulking around a wine shop one Saturday afternoon I came across two bottles from a sustainably farmed vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands near Monterey, California. Truth be told, I was trying to make off with the store’s remaining stash of Hacienda Arinzano Red from a recent #winestudio … Continue reading Rosary Beads, Wine, and Reminiscence

Mercurey Rising: Pinot Noir from Burgundy’s Côte Chalonnaise

While not as famous as the red wines from the Côte d’Or, Pinot Noir produced in the village of Mercurey can provide outstanding value for the price. You won’t find any Grand Cru offerings here, but there are plenty of good bottles that will satisfy your craving for red Burgundy while leaving your wine budget intact. I was inspired to write this post as a … Continue reading Mercurey Rising: Pinot Noir from Burgundy’s Côte Chalonnaise

Amidst the Snow – New Zealand Pinot!

In the aftermath of last week’s “blizzard” I was pleased to attend the Made in New Zealand Pinot Noir tasting seminar hosted by New Zealand Wine. I use the term blizzard in quotes because, contrary to all meteorological predictions, New York City caught just a glancing blow of the storm that hammered our neighbors to the north. Not that it didn’t affect us: we certainly … Continue reading Amidst the Snow – New Zealand Pinot!

Perseverance and Passion: The Story of Ordaz Family Wines

    How often do we get the chance to look right into the heart of a thing we love?  An opportunity to see beyond the polished surface to its core; to observe the essence of it, the skeleton and sinew that hold it all together?  Participants in February’s #WineStudio did just that, thanks to a two-week engagement with Ordaz Family Wines in Sonoma Valley.  … Continue reading Perseverance and Passion: The Story of Ordaz Family Wines