Liquid Support 101

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Rules for the Liquid Support Team

  1. No one left behind
  2. Stay on theme
  3. This is an endurance race - not a sprint.  Be prepared and go the distance           

(Berocca, coffee, pizza and water are all recommended in your kit)

Everyone needs a support team – cheer on your guys from your couch with these appropriately themed drinks.

Stages + Drinks

    Stage 1 - July 7 -

    CHAMPAGNE  - Heidsieck Monopole & Co Blue Top:  these guys are one of our partners in Pour de France, if you're a Barons Club member you could win a $5k voucher to spend at Elite racing Cycles! (Start strong friends - the first stage is always exciting!)

    Stage 2 - July 8 -

    Vasse Felix SBS - They're riding close to the Loire Valley, celebrate with great sav blanc.  Also, these guys are one of our partners in Pour de France, if you're a Barons Club member you could win a $5k voucher to spend at Elite racing Cycles!

    Stage 3 - July 9 -

    Saint Clair Sav Blanc - keeping on Sav theme - these guys are one of our partners in Pour de France, if you're a Barons Club member you could win a $5k voucher to spend at Elite racing Cycles!  Get onboard.

    Stage 4 - July 10 -

    Swings & Roundabouts Chenin Blanc (these guys are one of our partners in Pour de France, if you're a Barons Club member you could win a $5k voucher to spend at Elite racing Cycles!), if you're feeling adventurous, try the Dormilona Chenin Blanc - guaranteed excitement.

    Stage 5 - July 11 -

    Colonial Bertie Cider - they're close to Normandy! Get into the appley spirit.

    Stage 6 - July 12 -

    Pure Blonde Cider - these guys are one of our partners in Pour de France, if you're a Barons Club member you could win a $5k voucher to spend at Elite racing Cycles!

    Stage 7 - July 13 -

    Hello Sunshine Cider from Gage Roads - Still in Normandy!

    Stage 8 - July 14 -

    BASTILLE DAY - celebrate with Calvados.  in a short glass on a few cubes of ice.  Or try it with soda, fresh lemon juice and some sugar syrup for a fresh take on the Tom Collins cocktail...

    Stage 9 - July 15 -

    Domaine Rolet, Chardonnay, Arbois, Jura.  Source Difficulty Rating: 5/7.  This will only be stocked in good and interesting wine stores - you will have to call your local and ask if they can find some for you.  DEFINITELY worth the effort.  Bonne chance mon ami.

    ... REST DAY: DETOX - July 16 ...

    San Pel only tonight thanks.

     

    Stage 10 - July 17 -

    Domaine Rolet Pinot Noir, Arbois, Jura - Hopefully the same retailer that had the chard also has the pinot.  Fingers crossed.

    Stage 11 - July 18 -

    BURGUNDY! Woohoo!  This is why we're here, right?  Ok maybe that's just us.... right, yeah the cycling.  *clears throat, tops up glass*

    Settle in.

    Deep Woods Estate reserve Chardonnay, Margaret River - it's not cheap, BUT it's cheaper than Burgs, and it's under $50.  Epic value for money, and compared to the Jura chard, super easy to find.

    Stage 12 - July 19 -

    Dalrymple Pinot, Tasmania - We're working our way up to Burgundy.  This is a magnificent stepping stone.  We do love Tassie pinot....

    Stage 13 - July 20 - 

    White Burgundy - aka chardonnay, aka go into your local LB and see what they've got.  Head to 'village' for good value for money, or 'premier cru' if you've got a particularly strong support crew heading over to watch the days racing.

    Stage 14 - July 21 -

    Red Burgundy - aka pinot noir, aka go into your local LB and see what they've got.  Head to 'village' for good value for money, or 'premier cru' if you've got a particularly strong support crew heading over to watch the days racing.

    Stage 5 - July 22 -

    'Le Baron Rose' Les Allumees Rose, from Provence -  well that was easy.

     

    ... REST DAY: DETOX - July 16 ...

    San Pel only tonight thanks.

    Stage 16 - July 24 -

    Pierre et Papa Rosé Vin Extraordinaire, Languedoc IGP- they're not wrong.  Extraordinary.  Rarely sold for much over $15 - this is a cracking little superstar of a wine.  Phew!  Worth getting up onto the rooftops and yelling about this one.

    Stage 17 - July 25 -

    Pierre et Papa Rouge Vin Extraordinaire, Languedoc IGP - The red to the rose.  Get into the Languedoc rouge spirit - full bodied, fruit forward, punchy and great value for money.  Like the rose, rarely sold for much over $15 - this is a cracking little superstar of a wine.  A blend of Grenache and Carignan.

    Stage 18 - July 26 -

    Alright mates.... we're getting close enough to Bordeaux to justify a little BDX in our lives.

    Chateau l'Eglise - from our On The Vine Winter catalogue, and not going to break your bank.  Which is good given we are 18 stages deep....

    oozes dark cherry, blackcurrant and mulberry fruit, has a sizeable dollop of vanillin oak, gritty cabernet tannins and overall balance. Santé!

     

    Stage 19 - July 27 -

    Vasse Felix cabernet - either the estate or the Filius, depending on how salubrious you find your situation.  Either way, these are both truly magnificent wines.   Vasse Felix are one of our partners in Pour de France, if you're a Barons Club member you could win a $5k voucher to spend at Elite racing Cycles! 

    Stage 20 - July 28 -

    Our 'final excuse' for Bordeaux, let's make it count.  Its the penultimate night of the tour, and if you don't know who's wearing the yellow jersey on the podium yet, we will do byt the end of tonight's race.  Time to crack out the big guns. Sauternes.

    Got d'Yquem?  Tonight's the night.

    No (don't worry, we don't either, even though we wish we did)?  Then it's DeBortoli Noble One for you.

    Stage 21 - July 29 - 

    The finish! Champagne of course.

    Heidsieck Monopole & Co Blue Top for the win.  These guys are one of our partners in Pour de France, if you're a Barons Club member you could win a $5k voucher to spend at Elite racing Cycles!

    Now it's time to give your liver a well deserved rest. 

    Anyone who says the Tour De France isn't a marathon doesn't know what they're talking about. 

     

     

    We're spent.