At 303Cycling we suspect that many cyclists enjoy their wine as much as we do. We caught up with Trent Shaoul of Ace Liquors in Boulder to discuss their promotion for "Wines of the Tour de France" for 2010. He and one of his importers, David Bond, gave us the scoop on some great wines that correspond to some exciting stages this year:
[303Cycling] Stage 7, Sat July 10th, will go thru the Beaujolais region. Cyclists and spectators can expect 6 categorized climbs - Three category 2s, two category 3s and a 4 to ensure there is no flat terrain. You can cheer on your favorite because it's anybody's stage. And what else can we expect from Beaujolais?
The Beaujolais region looks much like Burgundy; rolling hills, medieval villages, and thousands of vineyards and small producers. Being a little further south than Burgundy, the cuisine is a little lighter, better for the warmer climate and the fruitier wines. In terms of cuisine, its still the French classics (red meats, game, lamb) but more of an emphasis on grilled meats, lighter vegetable dishes and a lot of pork sausage. Some of the more famous local dishes are boiled or grilled sausage dishes (diot). The Beaujolais region is great for watching the tour. A bottle of Beaujolais, some sunshine and a nice picnic of local cheeses, salads, fruits and cured meats (dry salami, ham, etc..) is perfect for waiting for the riders to show up.
- Cave de Quincié Beaujolais 2009