From Burgundy to the Jura: #TDF2017 Heads to the Mountains on Stage Eight

On Saturday we head east from the Côte d’Or, presenting an opportunity to visit some lesser-known wine regions and taste wines that are off the beaten path.  Today’s stage puts us squarely within the Vins du Bugey appellation, in the southern Jura Mountains, which received its AOC approval back in 2009.  While official status was conferred only seven years ago, this area has been making wine since medieval times, and was once classified as part of Burgundy.  It held a fairly important role in wine production at that time, especially impressive given its relatively small size (just over 1,200 acres.)  Still a small fish in the large pond of French wine-making, Bugey puts out only four million bottles per year, most of which is consumed locally.  But that is starting to change. Continue reading “From Burgundy to the Jura: #TDF2017 Heads to the Mountains on Stage Eight”

Tour de France by the Glass 2016 – Stage Fifteen, Bourg-en-Bresse to Culoz: Chickens, Bikes, and Wine

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