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Old 10-14-21, 10:34 PM
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"I didn't get much sleep last night."

"I have indigestion from whatever I ate for breakfast."

"This tire pressure feels wrong for the weather."

"My allergies are acting up again."

Those are my favorite whines for cycling.
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Not a wine drinker, which is a mighty shame as I live in the heart of California's wine country (vineyard across the street and closest actual winery is a mile away). I am personally a beer drinker. Don't do it these days, but in my younger years, I would definitely hit the road with a PBR in the bottle cage when out with friends for a late night cruise in the city. I'll still absolutely open a bottle after a ride though these days. A local pub is often the start/finish of my rides and runs, particularly if I'm with friends. I've found lighter beer is better than darker stuff post workout. Somewhat amusingly related, the running group I'm a part of in SF has hosted, in past years, an unofficial beer check on the course of the San Francisco Marathon.

Back to wine and bikes, when I was a teenager, I'd ride with my brother and dad on a 30 mile round trip pretty regularly for my dad to pick up a particular bottle of wine he liked right at the winery where it was bottled.
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I don’t know when you were young, but forty or fifty years ago, the Soave zone, nearby to Vicenza, made quite a big boom for itself marketing industrial grade wines from garganega in the USA...
I was 20 years old stationed in Vicenza in early 70's. I remember cycling narrow roads through miles of vinyards. Some of the ones between Verona and Vicenza had signs Bolla. And then there was a little town called Soave half way to Verona. We never really drank thier wine in our ridding group. That wine was getting shipped out, or for the tourists. Of course most of the wines that the old guys carried was in aluminum Alpini Canteens and was of a home made family vent. Usually dry rusty light red or rusty white and never the same. I could never ride with guys my own age. They were way to serious to allow a guy with minimal experience to ride with them no matter what bike he was on. The old guys, veterans, took me in and showed me how to ride. It was fun. And I could almost keep up with them...

I was ridding a Tuto Campagnolo Recordo Columbus Tubing "LIOTTO" that was hand made just for me. Miss that bike...
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Old 10-15-21, 12:26 AM
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Originally Posted by GhostRider62 View Post
That is a good one.

I'm lazy, I just bring 1959 haut brion on short tours.
you ain't lazy if you're trying to pour that olde ho bryan, filtering or no, since it's throwing a lot of sediment these days. takes a while unless you like it chunky style.
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Originally Posted by zandoval View Post
I was 20 years old stationed in Vicenza in early 70's. I remember cycling narrow roads through miles of vinyards. Some of the ones between Verona and Vicenza had signs Bolla. And then there was a little town called Soave half way to Verona. We never really drank thier wine in our ridding group. That wine was getting shipped out, or for the tourists. Of course most of the wines that the old guys carried was in aluminum Alpini Canteens and was of a home made family vent. Usually dry rusty light red or rusty white and never the same. I could never ride with guys my own age. They were way to serious to allow a guy with minimal experience to ride with them no matter what bike he was on. The old guys, veterans, took me in and showed me how to ride. It was fun. And I could almost keep up with them...

I was ridding a Tuto Campagnolo Recordo Columbus Tubing "LIOTTO" that was hand made just for me. Miss that bike...
what an awesome experience!
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Old 10-15-21, 05:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Leinster View Post
Clif family wines. The same people as Clif bars.


A picture of the founder climbing the Stelvio in Italy on the bottle.

They host regular rides from the tasting room in town, and they have TdF-style kilometer markers on the climb past their estate winery.


But the real answer is “whatever bottle is open now.”
Neat! I didn’t know about that! Thanks!
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Old 10-15-21, 01:39 PM
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Thanks for sharing those. I know Gladiator, ConoSur, and Hill of Content; I don’t think any of them have much to do with cycling beyond having bikes on the label.
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Part of the fun of travelling (on a bike or other lesser means of transport) is to try the food and drink popular in whatever region you are visiting.

So the answer is: the best wine is whatever is available that will go well with whatever food is available.

Pro tip: the best drink it isn't always wine.
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Old 10-15-21, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by ClydeClydeson View Post
Part of the fun of travelling (on a bike or other lesser means of transport) is to try the food and drink popular in whatever region you are visiting.

So the answer is: the best wine is whatever is available that will go well with whatever food is available.

Pro tip: the best drink it isn't always wine.
Be careful with that philosophy: if you travel to Chicago, they might give you Malort.
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Is it ok to drink after the ride ??
that's up to you
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I am all about the region.

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Originally Posted by Atlas Shrugged View Post
I am all about the region.

Good stuff to be had down in those parts, for sure!
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Originally Posted by Atlas Shrugged View Post
I am all about the region.

always a good blind tasting ringer. ventoux wines tend to taste like a cross between burgundies and rhônes.
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For emergency use while touring, I can see the appeal of the T-handle. Light it is, easy to open bottles it ain’t…though I concede that may depend, to some degree, on the quality of wine being opened. A short cork in a young wine will generally pull easier than a long, high-quality cork in a bottle which has aged awhile. In any case, we thankfully have a pretty good selection of wines which are closed under screwcap or canned nowadays, obviating the need for any tool whatsoever. A friend of mine is just now launching a new and innovative paper bottle packaged wine, the first in the N. American market, which is screwcapped, but is also 100% recycleable and very lightweight, which would be handy if you’re packing wine out with you on the bike! https://signal7wines.com
Hmmm. I do have a block when it comes to making paper in a completely "organic" way that can hold wine/alcohol. But I'll watch for it.
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Originally Posted by ClydeClydeson View Post
Part of the fun of travelling (on a bike or other lesser means of transport) is to try the food and drink popular in whatever region you are visiting.

So the answer is: the best wine is whatever is available that will go well with whatever food is available.
+1. BITD I spent 7 weeks bike touring Andalucia. I had been not working for nearly a year, so I had planned to cook and camp as much as possible. Ended up spending more nights indoors and eating out than planned. Didn’t regret eating out. Had a lot of great local food and whatever wine there was.

One memorable meal in a small town was scrambled eggs with asparagus and shrimp and then a half a grilled rabbit in onion sauce with potatoes. Asked for a glass of wine. The waiter brought out a liter bottle of table wine and said pay for what you drink, which ended up being the entire bottle. Such great food and service I left a tip.
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Hmmm. I do have a block when it comes to making paper in a completely "organic" way that can hold wine/alcohol. But I'll watch for it.
Oh, haha…it just the outer package that’s paper; the wine is in a bag inside the paper bottle. It’s like a rework of the bag-in-box classic.
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Oh, haha…it just the outer package that’s paper; the wine is in a bag inside the paper bottle. It’s like a rework of the bag-in-box classic.
I just got one of those bed-in-a-box things. Let me say, 100 pound boxes are not easy to move around. Everything in a box these days is too much.
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Our summer and winter homes are in beer towns. Tucson has a bike themed brewery Catalina, and Portland has several opportunities with my favorite Velo Cult, RIP. For me beer is a very high IBU IPA and as for a wine a Cab or Shiraz that has enough body for a spoon to stand up in it.

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Our summer and winter homes are in beer towns. Tucson has a bike themed brewery Catalina, and Portland has several opportunities with my favorite Velo Cult, RIP. For me beer is a very high IBU IPA and as for a wine a Cab or Shiraz that has enough body for a spoon to stand up in it.
Slimmer pickings around your spring and fall homes?
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Slimmer pickings in your spring and fall homes?
Well, we have a cabin in the Bighorns and traveling to town, Sheridan, WY, I can recommend the The Tasting Library on Main and of the 3 breweries I strongly prefer Black Tooth.
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...the best wine for cycling enthusiasts?











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Our summer and winter homes are in beer towns. Tucson has a bike themed brewery Catalina, and Portland has several opportunities with my favorite Velo Cult, RIP. For me beer is a very high IBU IPA and as for a wine a Cab or Shiraz that has enough body for a spoon to stand up in it.
was really bummed when velo cult-then my local shop-pulled the ripcord on san diego back in 2011 to move to portland. had heard they closed down in portland but had forgotten about it.
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nothing of substance in the wine world in san diego but we do have rouleur brewing down here.



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