Category Archives: Tour de France

Black Tower

The second day in the mountains and a just plain scary one with three category one climbs, but just two descents. If I had the choice I’d prefer that ratio. I don’t understand why they don’t stop at each hairpin, looking terrified, squirting water on their rims to cool them down after constant braking and… Read More »

Caves de Chablis

Wow! The Tour de France had a fabulous day today, with Filippo Pozzato taking a stage which saw the yellow jersey crash and recover and David Millar take a temporary lead (OK for about three minutes, but it made me happy). The big story was the Astana team. Big hitters Kloden and Vinokourov both crashed… Read More »

Weird Wine Tour

The Tour de France isn’t making wine drinking easy for me. Fabian Cancellara is still in the yellow jersey. Whilst I have drunk Swiss wine, it’s not easy to get hold of and I’ve only ever tried it at specialist tastings. Based on that limited sampling it’s good, and who can blame the Swiss for… Read More »

In search of Belgian wine

Today’s Tour de France presents me with a bit of a problem. It was in Belgium, the stage was won by a Belgian, Gert Steegmans, followed across the line by Tom Boonen who is, as you’ve probably guessed by now, a Belgian. So a fabulous day for Belgians everywhere, but unhelpful in choosing wine. I… Read More »

Lindemans Bin 65 Chardonnay

Against the odds Robbie McEwen came from the back of the peloton with grazed knees and elbows to win the bunch sprint and the stage in Canterbury today. Go Robbie. So time for a bottle of Lindemans Bin 65 Chardonnay 2006. It’s in a sensible screw top bottle. It smells toasty and oaky with melon… Read More »

Le Grand Depart

The Tour de France has come to England – hurrah! Last night we had some English cheese and French wine to celebrate. We had a Sainsbury’s Classic Selection Sauternes 2002. It was a beautiful honey colour and smelled of orange and lime marmalade. It was deliciously sweet with a crisp acidity keeping it balanced. It… Read More »