Guest Post: While The Drunken Cyclist’s Away….

I am spending my last few days here on the Côte d’Azur, getting ready to go out for another ride along the Mediterranean. I had planned something a little different today, but two recent events caused me to delay that post until I return from France next week. The first was that I discovered yesterday that I am a finalist for a Wine Blog Award for one of my Ohmygod posts (Ohmygod 39–Into the Widow’s Cellar). If you feel so inclined to vote for me or any of the other finalists, you can do that HERE.


The other development is even more exciting, however! I was on the phone with my wife the other day and, as she usually does, she asked what she could drink from the cellar. I have a bit of wine down there, but despite what my wife thinks, there are only a few bottles that are really “off-limits” as I am saving them for a rather momentous birthday. Other than that, she really could pull any bottle. Nonetheless, she always feels the need to clear it with me before pulling the cork. This time around, she wanted to have a bottle of Pinot from one of our favorite producers, and I think she was feeling a little guilty that I would not be there to partake in the imbibing. Thus, totally unprovoked, she offered to write a post for this blog if I let her drink it.

So obviously I agreed! (While it is true that she can pull any wine out of the basement, I never said that I would not take advantage of her self-inflicted guilt!) Without any further ado, here is the post written by my lovely wife:

Here is a picture of my lovely wife when she got a Chair named in her honor at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (yes, in case you were wondering, I do know that I married up–way up).

OK, so here I am, at home with my two terrific boys, while my world traveler husband is off experiencing beautiful Provence and tasting amazing wines. The boys and I managed to fill our time with school, baseball, tae kwon do and a fun trip to NYC to see Phantom of the Opera and One World Tower. After returning home from the weekend, I started planning my week here, which was hopefully going to include seeing some friends and neighbors.

Me, in charge of socializing?

Of course, we would need some wine to share and where would I find some? Obviously, I’d go to the basement and see what I could pull up while Jeff is gone.


This could be ugly upon his return should I choose bottles that maybe he would have wanted to taste…. (Even though he thinks I don’t, I know where he hides all the good stuff!).  But, being the supportive spouse that I am, and knowing that my wine appreciation does not likely match some of the bottles down there, I decided to start with a few fun things to share with friends.  So here is are likely the only tasting notes that will you will ever read from me….

CdP2012 Domaine de la Presidente Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Le Nonce”: 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre. Retail $40. I pulled this the day that Jeff was actually in Châteauneuf (which I thought was only fair) and drank this with a friend who greatly appreciates Italian wines, pairing it with a grilled skirt steak. Nice fruit but not too fruit forward. Maybe some black raspberry and cherry. Surprisingly, I’m going to say will probably be better in a couple of years (definitely not my usual recommendation since I am a bit of an instant gratification wine drinker and like things a bit younger than my spouse). My friend agreed that a little more bottle time might make this good wine even better. Reasonable finish but not as complex as it seemed at first.  Still, a very nice wine that I would still drink tomorrow!  Very Good. 88-90 Points.Sancerre Rosé

2015 Joseph Mellot Sancerre La Demoiselle Rosé: Retail $25. 100% Pinot Noir. I love a good rose!  Drank this outside on the sidewalk with a friend while the kids were playing kickball.  Nice rose to start the summer!  Dry, some fruit (strawberry) but not too much with a nice finish.  Good before, during or after dinner!  That’s a plus for me. Outstanding. 89-91 Points.

Amelle2010 Amelle Pinot Noir La Cruz Vineyard Sonoma Coast: Retail $45. 100% Pinot Noir. Procrastinating from studying for a jurisprudence exam (don’t ask…), I ventured into the basement and found this! In contrast to the dull material, this wine was full of life – light red, some tart fruits, well-balanced and a nice finish. I did not need a food pairing to enjoy this one, and the neighbors agreed; they appreciated the nose and the calmness of this Pinot. The only unfortunate thing is that I don’t think it’s made anymore. If you can still find it, stock up!  Outstanding. 92-94 points.

So what do you think? Did she do a great job or what? Before you go thinking that maybe this wine blogging thing is not all that hard after all, you need to know that my wife is brilliant in everything she does (except choosing husbands, of course).


About the drunken cyclist

I have been an occasional cycling tour guide in Europe for the past 20 years, visiting most of the wine regions of France. Through this "job" I developed a love for wine and the stories that often accompany the pulling of a cork. I live in Houston with my lovely wife and two wonderful sons.
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31 Responses to Guest Post: While The Drunken Cyclist’s Away….

  1. Congratulations bro!
    Please do not spend too much on the wine you bring back to share with me. I consider anything over €200/bottle too much.
    (and, how does your wife continue to put up with you? 😉
    See you in August.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Ted Slack says:

    Wow, she did an excellent job both choosing and writing about them. Are you sure she hasn’t ghost writing for your blog all along?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. She did an excellent post.


  4. Move over Jeff, I think she’s a pro!!


  5. Jill Barth says:

    Hey, nobody told me I could drink Sancerre on the driveway while watching kickball! Your wife wins for revealing that tidbit…

    Enjoy every ounce of that gorgeous trip.

    And, congratulations on the Wine Blog nomination! It’s certainly true that OhMyGod! has entertained us sufficiently enough to be awarded. Cheers, and thanks for all the outstanding content!


  6. Well done! I hope to see an entry from the Mrs. in the next MWWC!


  7. Oooh! Great guest post, Mrs. Jeff! I love myself a great rosé and Châteaneuf-du-Pape is a personal fave. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for your Pape pick!


  8. Congrats on the nom! Your wife did a lovely job with the guest post, and please give yourself more credit for having such a talented lady for a wife. 🙂 (And of course I voted for you!)


  9. Alina says:

    Mrs. Drunken Cyclist did a great job with the post!

    And congrats on the nomination! If you win, will there be sabering at WBC16?


  10. leggypeggy says:

    Excellent guest post. Threw a vote your way too.


  11. Voted for you Jeff, best of luck. Very very impressed your wife is not only beautiful but she is an excellent writer/wine reviewer. Really wonderful job, look forward to reading more from her.


  12. chef mimi says:

    Lovely post! Wish I could get hands on that Sancerre…


  13. Vanessa Battista says:

    I miss Tammy even more now than before…
    This is awesome and I’m psyched to try the Rose’.


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