Thursday, July 26, 2007

Great Discovery - A Toast to Fine Spanish Wine

What is it about stage 17? Prior to that stage, both this year and last, the outcome for the Tour de France appeared settled. Yet, by the end of the stage suddendly fortunes changed and a new leader emerged to take the yellow jersey.

This season I celebrated the new race leader with a bottle of wine. Like the new current ride leader, Alberto Contador, my selection was a musculer spanish wine with good potential. Bodeges San Isidro Carril de Cotos 2005 is meaty, smooth, well balanced, and rich in fruit with a pleasant soft finish. I was very pleased to discover Carril de Cotos and now look forward to enjoying while the vintage lasts.

As for the Tour, this year’s vintage has been very exciting. Team Discovery, (America’s Team) has the team title all rapped up yet still needs to decide who is the best rider on their team. That will be settled during Saturday’s time trial. During that stage teammates Alberto Contador and Levi Leipheimer look to settle who is the better rider on the best team. The victory will likely celebrate in Paris by wearing yellow.

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