Happy Star Wars Day to all you May the Fourth observers out there! I am heading out for a bike ride, then race over to my son’s baseball game, then off to the airport to pick up a good friend who is coming from Marseille. After that, I am sure the two of us will pop several corks as we cook up two of the biggest steaks I can find (I have learned that is what you do in Texas). Before I go off and confront the empire, here are a few reminders:
- I am continuing to collect the last few samples for my Third Annual Largest Blind Tasting of American True Rosés, the date for which is May 18th. A “True Rosé “ is a wine that was always intended to be a rosé—some people call them “intentional rosés”, “direct press rosés”, or even “bespoke rosé.” In other words, these are not saignées (a by-product of red wine production when part of the juice of a red wine is bled off [“saignée” means “bled” in French] and made into a rosé). Please let me know if you have a wine that should be included or if you may be interested in attending (although there is limited space). Last year we tried 68 (!) True Rosés! This year, I am trying to limit that number as my teeth hurt for three days after all of those rosés.
- I am also in the process of getting together a bike tour of Provence for early October. The tour will be centered around the town of Vaison-la-Romaine in Provence. Details are still being ironed out, but we will ride in the morning (with an optional climb up the infamous Mont Ventoux one of the days), visit wineries in the afternoon, and take in many of the area’s top attractions (Pont du Gard, Avignon, Les Baux de Provence, etc.). We will stay at the incredible La Baye des Anges, a renovated farmhouse in Vaison. Please send me an email (jeff (at) thedrunkencyclist (dot) com) if you would like more information.
That’s all I have today—have a great and safe Saturday!