I am just about to hop on my bike, hopefully back in time for Sebastian’s baseball playoff game. There is also a real threat for some fairly severe thunderstorms to hit Houston today, but no one seems to agree on when that might happen. So, I will make this brief. Here are my Saturday reminders:
- All the collecting of samples is complete, and the Third Annual Largest Blind Tasting of American True Rosés will happen tomorrow, May 19th. 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). Last year, we had 68 wines to try, put that proved a bit too many (my teeth hurt for a week from all of the acid), thus, I whittled it down to 53 this year (which is, of course, a prime number and I am going to have to ignore the fact that I really don’t like prime numbers). If you are in Houston and would like to come by for some rosé, let me know!
- 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!