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Old 08-21-05, 03:17 PM   #1
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Red Bicyclette

At about the time of the TdF, I started seeing in some grocery stores in Northern Virginia displays for a wine called Red Bicyclette. French from Pays D'oc, imported by Gallo. The usual varities - Merlot, Chardonnay, Syrah. Seems to be a basic table wine.

The label says "easy to enjoy, as easy as riding a bicycle."

Anyone else seen this around? Anyone tried it?
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I tried it. The Syrah, as I recall. Not bad, but I think you can get better for the price. Which is too bad, because I like the label.
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Why would anyone drink wine, when they could drink beer?
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It has been in the stores around here for a while. It is potable stuff, not very complex. I agree with Blackberry; you can do better at the price. The label is cool, though. It would be fun to serve to a bunch of cyclists.
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I saw an online review for it and similar wines that described it as "Simple, affordable, slightly sweet and slurpable wines marketed through attractive and sometimes zany packaging."
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Blackberry and regularguy are right. You can definately do better, but it's not awful. I buy it on occasion just so I can gaze at the label as I drink it.
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I tried it at a function at the French Embassy. It wasn't too bad. Simple is a good description, but drinkable.
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I collect cycling stuff, so I bought a bottle just to add to my collection.

Not too bad, considering I'm not a wine person. I rarely drink alcohol anyway.
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Why would anyone drink wine, when they could drink beer?
Well I used to think that. Beer & Ale (Guinness) can be so great - but when you get into wine, especially with a nice meal with friends (who I might add you ride or paddle with!) its just that much better. Wine takes some time to appreciate; it can be intimidating theres so much you can learn about it - but it is so great shared.

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