The Vuelta Espana is nearing completion and this year's edition has seen plenty of drama as well as a unique route through the Spanish countryside. The Vuelta always seems to come in third out of the three grand tours (the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia are typically considered #1 and #2 respectively). That means the Vuelta organizers are always looking for ways to draw more interest to their race.
Oftentimes, that means an unusually high number of mountain top finishes combined with a unique route through Spain. This year followed the same formula with eight mountain top finishes and a route that started in South West Spain before heading East and North.
The first segment of racing concluded in South Eastern Spain near the Bullas DO wine region. The pro bike racers are typically on a very strict diet during these three week bike races. However, with a day off, I'm sure the racers all probably relaxed a bit and enjoyed a glass of Monastrell on their first rest day.
Monastrell is the Spanish version of Mourvedre. So, this week's Lucha Vino match up features a Washington Mourvedre taking on a Spanish Monastrell from the Bullas DO.
2013 Kerloo Cellars Mourvedre v. 2009 Bodegas del Rosario Tesoro Monastrell