Saturday Reminders—5/26/18

Late last night I returned from Napa Valley (well, actually, I was most recently in Livermore, but you get the idea) and I woke (far too early) to a house full of people. We have dear friends visiting for about a week, and they have three boys under the age of five. So there is a ton of activity. As I sat down to write my weekly reminders, I realized that I have had the same two reminders for several weeks now. Thus, I thought it was time to add another, just for a little spice (please notice I did not say: “I thought to myself” which, of course, is redundant—who else are you going to think to?). So here are this week’s reminders:

  • It looks as though after a few years off, I am going to return to my former summer “job.” There are a few details to iron out (mostly with my lovely and far too accommodating wife), but I plan on leading a couple of bike trips in France again this summer. The two trips in question: The Brittany Coast (July 29-August 4) and Northern Burgundy (August 5-11). As I mentioned, I am working out some details including a potential discount for any of my readers who might want to come along. The riding is not difficult and I firmly believe there is no better way to see France. Send me an email (jeff (at) thedrunkencyclist (dot) com) if you would like more details.
  • If you have not already done so, you need to enter Rodney Strong’s Master Blender Sweepstakes. I was out in Sonoma a few weeks ago where I experienced what the two winners will experience and it is unlike any visit to Wine Country. Details about my trip can be found HERE.

    The highlight and focal point of the trip was the blending seminar, where we were charged with making our own blend of Rodney Strong’s famed Symmetry wine, which includes five Bordeaux varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot). The wines were then judged by winemaker Greg Morthole (I did not win, in case you were wondering).

  • The number of wines for “The Largest Blind Tasting of American True Rosés Ever” has grown to over 60 with a few more on the way. True Rosés are pink wines that are not saignée, wines that are intentionally made to be rosé from the start. They are not a by-product of red wine production. Even though the total is now up to more than five dozen, if you would like to either submit a wine for the tasting, please contact me (but please do so soon as there are only two weeks remaining). The tasting will be June 9th.

This year’s lineup as of two weeks ago…

…then it grew to this….

…and it got crazy once I added the previous vintages.

Have a Safe Saturday!

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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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