More Vuelta Wine: Heading North with Bengoetxe Getariako Txakolina

    The race: While we were away, watching but not writing, the race has continued. What has been happening? Well, it has been very,very warm and there have been sprints, with a few climbs mixed in. Also, Contador has admitted that he is trying to win the race, after insisting early on that he was not in shape.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Wines of the Tour Stage 19: An Elephant, Navardauskas & Cazottes Reine-Claude

    Where are we:  Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour / Bergerac Le Tour link: http://www.letour.com/le-tour/2014/us/stage-19.html An area of plains and hills, the Pays du Val d'Adour is at the crossroads of the Béarn, Bigorre and Gascogne cultures.I think we should visit a market: Country markets contain treasures and are perpetual invitation to sit at the table.

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    Wines of the Tour Stage 18: Nibali Dominates & Atxa Vermouth Blanco

    Where are we: Pau / Hautacam Le Tour link: http://www.letour.com/le-tour/2014/us/stage-18.html In Pau, how about a visit to the birthplace of a king? More info from the local tourist website: The national museum of the Castle of Pau: This superb royal residence is above all the birthplace of Henry IV, King of France and Navarre.

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    Wines of the Tour Stage 17: Majka Winks & La Ferme du Vert l'AmouReuse

    Where are we: Saint-Gaudens / Saint-Lary Pla d'Adet  Le Tour link: http://www.letour.com/le-tour/2014/us/stage-17.html Saint-Gaudens: The local tourist website tells me that  Saint-Gaudens is an administrative centre (sous-préfecture) for the south of the Haute-Garonne département, at an altitude of 405m on a ledge overlooking the Valley of the Garonne.

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    A Sunny Day in Beaujolais: Wines of the Tour Stage 12: & Maison B Perraud Moulin a Vent

    Where are we: Bourg-en-Bresse / Saint-Étienne  Le Tour link:  http://www.letour.com/le-tour/2014/us/stage-12.html Bourg-en-Bresse is located at the western base of the Jura mountains, on the left bank of the Reyssouze, a tributary of the Saône. It lies 70 kilometers (43 mi) northeast of Lyon and at 50 kilometers (31 mi) of Lons-le-Saunier.

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