22 June 2013

Taste the Tour - Six Wines from DiscoverVin

Mark the centenary of Le Tour in 2013 with DiscoverVin wines from the Pyrenees and the south west of France.

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It’s that time of year again; time to enjoy the legendary Tour de France. Enjoy the sights of the racing and the stunning scenery whilst enjoying this selection of French wine.

Allez Cadel - Road Graffitti in the Pyrenees.
The six wines in DiscoverVin's Taste the Tour pack are sourced from vineyards in the Pyrenees and the South West of France - regions that the 2013 Tour passes through in the second week as the battle for the yellow jersey really hots up. 

They represent great value for money and a great introduction to the wines of the region. And at a fraction of the price of a ticket to France! 

The white wine in this year’s Tour Pack, a Jurancon Sec from Domaine Bellegarde  is Wine of the month for July in SBS Feast Magazine.

Here is the list of wines, as matched with this years Tour stages, with some serving suggestions...more food suggestions and recipes are included in the tour pack.

Stages 1, 2 and 3: Corsica 29 June - 2 July
It would be a perfect match with seafood and shellfish, but also goes down a treat with pre-dinner nibbles and dips as you watch the highlights.

Domaine de la Croix Irresistible cru classé rosé 2010, 500ml - $19.90 

Stage 4: Provence 
Tuesday 2 July:
Time Trial
25 km
Imagine that you are sitting in a café overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, smelling the sea air and the scent of herbs and local delicacies from the kitchen,

A great wine to enjoy on any day of the tour to evoke the French summer as you watch La Tour wrapped in a rug!
Stage 7 Friday 5 July Montpelier to Albi 205 km
The tour travels through the Tarn and Herault valleys with some hilly terrain just to the west is the wine region of Fronton.

Serve with a plate of charcuterie such as hams, salami and some cheese.  Allez Cadel! 

Stage 8
Saturday 6 July:
Castres to Ax trios Thermes
 194 km
The tour traverses the wine regions of Madiran and Saint-Mont.  

Domaine Crampilh, Madiran, Classic Le Tour country in the Pyrenees.
Perfect with lamb shanks or duck breasts. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for suggested recipes! Enjoy your wine in preparation for the Col de Pailheres (15.3 km at 8/%) and the Col Ax 3 Domaines (7.8 km at 8.2%). 

Stage 9 Jurançon
Sunday 7 July:
Saint-Girons to Bagneres-de-Bigorre
165 km
This is where those attacking riders who are at home at high altitude will get the chance to combine showmanship with efficiency.  Five climbs figure in the day's program.  Sit back and enjoy the ride as with one of the famous wines of Jurançon. 

Perfect for the late night cheese platter or dessert - the right accompaniment on the late night stages.

Stage 18: The Alps
Thursday 18 July:
Gap to Alpe-d’Huez
168 km
A long awaited and memorable day with two ascents of the Alpe-D’Huez.  A big day with big mountains deserves a big wine.  We have picked a great Malbec from a top producer.  Good value for the quality of this wine, which has won multiple awards including three $$$ from Robert Parker

Suggestion: Enjoy with pasta or pizza, or a cheese platter as you watch the climbs.

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