• Wines of La Vuelta Stage 11: Quintana Out and Pacharan

      Pamplona - Santuario de San Miguel de Aralar 153.4 km Two days in a row with a Vuelta post! Actually, there will be wines almost everyday this week. That said, we have no rest for the weary with a mountain top finish, the day after the time trial. Podium Cafe preview here. Inrng preview here. The big question going into today's stage was how would Quintana look after his crash yesterday.

      Amy Cleary/ WineBookGirl- 3 readers -
    • Tuesdays with Dorie, With K: Palets de Dames

      The galley. As you can see, already well used.And here we go: Tuesdays with Dorie. What is it? Well, a group of bloggers baking through the books of Dorie Greenspan. In this case, one of my favorite new books, Baking Chez Moi. As I said when I introduced her for a talk at Omnivore Books, I took the galley home the day it arrived and K started baking that very night.

      Amy Cleary/ WineBookGirl- 1 readers -
    • 2015 Tour de France Route

      2015 Tour de France Route Well, the organizers sure did not choose an easy wine route! Plus, the short time trial is an interesting change. What do we have? Running from Saturday July 4th to Sunday July 26 ...

      Amy Cleary/ WineBookGirl- 2 readers -
  • Giro 2015 Route Map

    Spreadsheet time already! DISTANCE: 3.481,8 Km, average 165,8 Km TYPE OF STAGE: 1 individual time trial, 1 team time trial, 7 stages for sprinters, 5 medium mountain, 3 medium mountain with summit finish, 4 high mountain with summit finish The route: May 09, Stage 1: San Lorenzo Al Mare - Sanremo (Team time trial), 17.

    Amy Cleary/ WineBookGirl- 1 readers -
  • Wines of La Vuelta: The Final Stage: Recaredo Brut Nature Cave 2008

    Santiago de Compostela 9.7 km Timetrial And this is how the Vuelta ends: with a short time trial. No changes are expected today. Alberto Contador should win the race, followed by Chris Froome and Alejandro Valverde. Was Contador sandbagging at the beginning of the race or simply not certain of his form? One way or the other, he was clearly the strongest rider in the race.

    Amy Cleary/ WineBookGirl- 5 readers -
  • Wines of La Vuelta Stage 17: Envinate Vina de Aldea

    Ortigueira - A Coruña 190.7 km And they are back from a rest day with a likely to be dull sprint stage. Rest day news? More withdrawals including Uran, who was clearly ill the last few stages. and the rarely spotted Zubeldia. Not too many sprinters left at this point: Matthews, Boonen and Degenkolb the most prominent.

    Amy Cleary/ WineBookGirl- 1 readers -
  • Wines of La Vuelta Stage 13: Lopez de Heredia Blanco 2004

    Belorado - Obregón. Parque de Cabárceno 188.7 km The stage:One for a breakaway? Maybe. Inrng and Podium Cafe suggest Philippe Gilbert. Our breakaway of the day: #LaVuelta: Finalmente, EUC deja de tirar y los 11 se marchan a 3’15” de distancia (km 40). OGE lidera el pelotón. pic.twitter.com/WN0I3YLYUO — Movistar Team (@Movistar_Team) September 5, 2014 With 78 kilometers remaining ...

    Amy Cleary/ WineBookGirl- 2 readers -
  • Wines of La Vuelta Stage 12: Gonzalo Gonzalo Rioja Gran Cerdo

    The stage: Well, that is not an inspiring profile, unless you are a sprinter. Of course, no Cav at the race, so I admit to being less than excited. Today they have eight laps around Logroño before finishing in what is likely to be a bunch sprint. How do you say, likely to be the dullest day of the race in Spanish? On Cycling News, Vuelta technical director Paco Giner has explain ...

    Amy Cleary/ WineBookGirl- 4 readers -
  • Wines of La Vuelta Stage 2: Ouled Thaleb Syrah

    As I said, I'm not blogging every stage. But geography made this one impossible to skip. And by geography, I don't mean the designed for the sprinters, flat stage. Instead, I mean the proximity to Morocco and the chance to drink a Moroccan wine. That said, I'm having trouble focusing on the coverage, as pictures from this morning's Napa earthquake are dominating local news.

    Amy Cleary/ WineBookGirl- 5 readers -
  • La Vuelta: We Begin with Sherry

    So here we are, or really, they are, in Spain for the 69th edition of La Vuelta. As I said earlier, I won't be drinking wines for every stage, but for a selected few during the race. But first, the race. La Vuelta is the third of the season's grand tours, following the Giro and the Tour de France. The year's route map is below: What do we have? Running from Saturday August 23rd ...

    Amy Cleary/ WineBookGirl- 6 readers -
  • Coming Soon: The Wines of La Vuelta

    Each year I make the same Adam Hansen joke and fail to drink the wines of the Vuelta. This year, because of a decision made while suffering from Tour induced sleep deprivation, I am drinking what we could call a "half-Vuelta." I'll not have a wine for every stage. but thanks to the help of Christy at Frankly Wines, I have ten bottles lined up for stages during the race.

    Amy Cleary/ WineBookGirl- 1 readers -
  • Wines of the Tour de France 2014: The Complete List

    Hard to believe that another edition of the Tour is over. I am pretty delighted by Vincenzo Nibali's victory. He rode a wonderful race from start to finish and as some readers may know, I've been a fan of his racing style for years. Other highlights: cobbles, Tony Martin and two Frenchmen on the podium.

    Amy Cleary/ WineBookGirl- 2 readers -