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euro scribbles: a pause from the wine tour for the bike tour.

No matter how much you try to plan travel flawlessly, there will always be moments of, errr, miscalculation. If it weren’t so, I wouldn’t find myself and hour and a half away from my group in a random little village called Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne, a town I somehow believed was 15 minutes from Beaune when I was … Continue reading

euro scribbles cont: getting down to business in the land of bubbles.

The morning is met with a rescheduled appointment, a series of unfortunate orienteering, but alas… unforgettable snapshots of memories that may not have been had we not gone off course. Not far from Ay, we visit Hautvilliers–home to the L’Abbaye of Dom Perignon. Though he did not invent these beads of beauty, he did learn … Continue reading

Le troisième Tour de French wines!

As I gear up to head across the pond, here’s the 3rd Annual tour ahead… by the bottle. It’s a list I pull together every year for my customers. I figure my 3 readers (or 4 now?) may want to take a gander at the wine regions this year’s Tour de France plans to cycle … Continue reading

A night of wine, food, the pink jersey & supporting young riders…

    A lot of people forget that was has become one of the world’s top professional cycling teams began as a youth development team about9 years ago with a couple of rackety cars and jerseys that matched. It was a team that offered young riders an opportunity to get into the European circuit by … Continue reading

european scribbles: more of the 2011 tour de france.

  Days 2-4: The rest of the 2011 Tour. Well…Almost.   The last couple days have fallen through my tight grasp. They are spun into my history now and somewhat unbelievable to recall.   So I finally did arrive to Bardonecchia, Italy on Thursday night after a very weary TGV ride and a thrifty 100 … Continue reading

Tasting the 2011 Tour de France.

If last year served as the Tour de France of wine regions for dummies (‘Oh yeah! I’ve heard of Champagne and Bordeaux!’), then this year may be a bit more exciting for the connoisseur (and the pocketbook) as the legendary cycling race speeds past the lesser talked of regions in France. It is a race … Continue reading

Tour de French Wine: for the sipping cyclist

Cycling and wine.  They seem to pair about as well as peanut butter and jam.  But why?  Perhaps it is the proximity to the pastoral times of yore, or the accessibility of both to those of all shapes, sizes, ability and age (okay…not all ages).  Asking a former Tour de France cyclist, he responded that … Continue reading

desire is…swiss wine.

It’s funny.  By definition, desire invokes a want—a need, almost—for that which is unobtainable.  The more difficult to have or understand something, the greater the desire to grasp “it.” For wine geeks, this often comes in the form of knowledge, an eccentric wine or a coveted vintage from a famous producer.  The former two seem … Continue reading

Refosco: rosé with a little funk.

As many of you know, I am sucker for interesting rosé.  Well, rosé of all kind, really… but the ones that cause a pause—that demonstrate considerable complexity—really steal my heart. One such wine found itself in my glass last night at Napa & Co. in Samford Connecticut—a brief overnight away from New York City.  The … Continue reading

barbaresco…eh, it’s okay…

The 1995 Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Nieve was more than just okay.  It was riveting. This might be the best wine I have tasted this year.  It was one of those wines that managed to make you a little emotional, stop your breath, drown out the sounds… I was sipping this wine with five … Continue reading

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