Wine, bikes and labels.
I recently joined the wine club for Peloton Cellars, not only because I’m a fan of anything cycling (and I got a special deal during bike month), but I truly love these wines. Peloton Cellars is an award-winning winery located in the Central Coast area of California. They’re passionate about cycling and winemaking, feeling that their wines embody the color and spirit of cycling.
A new discovery from the Hahn family of wines, Boneshaker Zinfandel hails from Lodi, California and is a moderately priced, full body zin that pairs well with hearty winter stews and chili. The 2013 vintage received 87 points from Wine Spectator, so it’s a little harder to find but well worth the sub $20 price tag.
Another great value with a wide variety of varietals comes to us from Cono Sur’s Bicicleta line of Chile. Plus, these guys actually stepped up and sponsored the first three stages of the Tour de France in 2014 and 2015.
New kids on the block and definitely ones to watch, the Clif family (yes, the people who brought you Luna, Mojo, Blocks and Clif Bar) has a tasting room right smack dab in the middle of Napa Valley. Sadly, the Rte Blanc 14 is sold out, but many others are available. Why would a successful energy bar company dive into wine? Turns out that on a cycling adventure in Europe, “…a long day of cycling ended with a leisurely meal and a great bottle of wine.”
The Dry Creek Valley is one of my favorite destinations. The riding in Sonoma County is breathtaking, and the wines are spectacular rewards along the way. Dutcher Crossing’s connection to the bike is a literal one; there’s a highwheeler on site, a gift from the owner’s father that represents “…the pursuit of quality, small-lot winemaking, the guiding power of her father’s imagination and the journey that lies ahead.” Cheers to that.
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