Saturday, September 19, 2020

Washington Syrah vs. The Rhone

We had to wait almost two months for a delayed Tour de France to begin and, so far, the racing has been dynamic and extremely exciting!

The tour began in Nice traveling along the Southern border of France and through the Pyrenees mountains.  After a rest day, the cyclists began racing to the West heading toward the Alps through the Masif Central mountains, touching the Northern reaches of the Rhone' valley and finishing a lively stage 14 in Lyon.  

Lyon is where we find this week's challenge hero, Stanley Groovy, touring around France on his bicycle and waiting for the Tour to arrive.  Stanley has been making friends, enjoying the local cycling, food and wine and sharing some Washington wine with his hosts throughout Southern France.

One of Stanley's favorite Washington wines is from The Walls in Walla Walla.  Stanley is confident that his favorite can take on any French challenger.  This week's challenge will see if Stanley's choice is up to the task. 

2015 Gaspard Syrah from Red Mountain vs. 2012 La Chaussynette Vin de France from Mas de Boislauzon.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Washington Rose' vs. Provence

The 107th edition of the Tour de France is set to start in just a few days.  After a nearly two month delay, the tour will get underway in Nice on Sunday, which seems fitting since one of the last pre-Covid races to be completed on the normal calendar was Paris-Nice.  

Even though Paris-Nice was run, it still was not exempt from the challenges of the pandemic. The race was shortened by one day, removing the traditional stage in Nice.

When I think of Nice, I think of Southern France.  And when I think of southern France, I think of rose'!

The latest Lucha Vino challenge features a Washington Rose' taking on a Rose' from Provence to celebrate the return of the grand tours.

2018 T2 Cellars Rose' of Counoise vs. 2019 Miraval Rose' from Provence

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Washington Cabernet Sauvignon vs. Barossa

Some people say that Australian wines are falling out of favor.  Well, don't tell that to the Australian bike racers that, once again, dominated the Tour Down Under.  And don't tell that to this Cabernet Sauvignon challenger from Langmeil based in Barossa.

The Tour Down Under marks the beginning of the professional road racing season.  Most racers are just starting to return to form.  However, the Australian racers are in peak condition since their National Championship races happen a week earlier.  This race has been dominated by the Ausies for the past decade, winning 7 out of the last 10 editions.  Richie Porte won the 2020 Tour Down Under for his second overall title in the last four years.

This week's Luchavino matchup features an Australian challenger from Barossa taking on a Washington Carbernet Sauvignon.

2016 Structure Cellars Stillwater Creek Cabernet Sauvignon vs. 2016 Langmeil The Blacksmith Cabernet Sauvignon

Let's see if the Australian wine challenger from Barossa has as much success as the Australian bike racers!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Washington Syrah vs. Gigondas

As the Tour de France headed South after visiting Burgundy they passed by the Northern Rhone.  Stage 8 departed Macon and finished in St. Etienne.  Thomas De Gendt won the stage covering 200 km and seven categorized climbs for nearly 4,000 metres of elevation gain.

This was also the day that Julian Alaphilipe regained the overall race leader's yellow jersey.

In honor of De Gendt's long range attack, this final installment of the Tour de France challenge features a Washington Syrah taking on Gigondas.

2017 Succession Syrah vs. 2016 Domaine la Bouissiere Gigondas