We’ve just flipped the calendars from July to August, and you know what that means – only a few weeks left to enjoy the relaxed pace of summer. But before we jump back into reality, let’s linger in our beach chairs dallying over the final plot twists of a book or watching a few more sunsets. There’s no hurry; after all, the refrigerator is stocked, … Continue reading Dinner Time and Wine: Three Pairings for Sparkling Rosé (#winepw)
I can’t believe the 2017 Tour de France is almost over – just three days to go until Paris and the final podium placements. And what an exciting three weeks it has been! Think about all that’s happened so far:
- In Stage 1, several riders abandoned the Tour after crashing into the spectator barricades;
- In Stage 4, Peter Sagan, the Tour’s five-time sprint champion was expelled from the race after a dust-up with Mark Cavendish in the final meters (see video below);
- Italian champion Fabio Aru blew away all the rest of the climbers in the first mountain stage;
- Perilous mountain descents in rainy conditions caused multiple accidents, forcing Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte (an overall contender) to abandon;
- After winning five stages, super-sprinter Marcel Kittel abandoned on Stage 17 after a crash.
But while the competitive battles have certainly caught our attention, it’s the enchanting countryside of France that has captured our hearts. Every day the peloton cycles through a different region, each one alive with history, culture and, best of all, winemaking. Since 2015 I have followed the Tour from a wine lover’s perspective, offering snippets of interest from each town on the circuit, highlighting the local wines and cuisine. Tour de France by the Glass is a labor of love, bringing together as it does three things I adore: cycling, wine, and the stunning scenery of France. Continue reading “It’s the Last Week of #TDF2017: Pour Some Rosé and Get Ready for the Drama!”
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”
What’s your go-to plan for Mother’s Day weekend? My guess is that it involves brunch, a meal that is tailor-made for the holiday, giving Mom the perfect reason to get her hair done, don that new dress, and dote adoringly on her grandchildren. Maybe you’re going out, or maybe you’ve invited the family to your house for a mini reunion. If you’re hosting, I’ve got … Continue reading Spring Brunch: A Trio of Salads with Fresh Wines to Match (#WinePW)
“Grenache is for me, the wild, wild woman of wine, the sex on wheels and devil take the hindmost, the don’t say I didn’t warn you.” – Oz Clarke I rather like Oz’s description of Grenache, the wine grape of many personalities. Having spent a bit of time in Spain, I myself have fallen prey to her charms: sometimes in the magenta-hued … Continue reading It’s International Grenache Day!
Wine As we verge upon the Alps, always a highlight in the Tour, we have an opportunity to visit some lesser-known wine regions and taste different styles of wines than we typically do. Today’s stage puts us squarely within the Vins du Bugey appellation, in the southern Jura Mountains due west of Savoie, which received its AOC approval back in 2009. While official status was … Continue reading Tour de France by the Glass 2016 – Stage Fifteen, Bourg-en-Bresse to Culoz: Chickens, Bikes, and Wine
You’re not mad if you climb the Ventoux, but you are if you go back there. (Provencal Proverb) Stage Twelve: Montpellier to Mont Ventoux Because of dangerously high winds (>100 km/hr) forecast for Thursday, Tour organizers have modified the course for Stage Twelve. Instead of finishing atop the Mont Ventoux which, on a good day, looks like a desolate lunar landscape, the race … Continue reading Facing Off Against the Giant of Provence: Tour de France by the Glass 2016, Stage Twelve