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DC -- Cork & Fork Logan Tour de France Tastings

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1522 14th St NW

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Welcome to our annual Tour de France wine tasting! Every year, while the cyclists in the Tour grind out mile after mile in the beautiful French countryside, we host weekend tastings featuring wines from the regions where the Tour stages pass through. This year, we are in great luck because the Tour is passing through most of our favorite wine regions! (Who are we kidding, though, they're all our favorites!)

We have hosted this tasting series every year since we launched our first location in 2005! We love having an excuse to taste wine, especially French wine, and since one of our team members is an avid cyclist, we have always loved the opportunity to celebrate the delicious wine of France in July!

Unfortunately, we will not broadcast the race, however, when possible, we will show replays.

Here are the details of our tastings:

First weekend of tastings (July 5-7), we will explore Epernay, Reims, Alsace, an Jura

Second weekend of tastings (July 12-14), we will explore Burgundy, Macon, and Beaujolais

Third weekend of tastings (July 19-21), we will explore South West France, Pau, and Languedoc

Fourth weekend of tastings (July 26-28), we will explore Limoux, Nimes, Savoie, and Bugey


The tasting is $10 per person. Wine club members enter for free with advance registration. Guests welcome anytime between the advertised tasting times. Tasting time is estimated to be 15-20 minutes. This is not an educational event series. Guests looking for masterclasses, please look on our website calendar for listings. www.corkandfork.co/event


About the Tour:

The Tour de France is the world's biggest annual sporting event. Nearly 200 cyclists race over 2,000 miles in just 23 days. Every wondered why the riders are so thin? Well, it's fair to say it's a good way to keep fit. If you finish the gruelling Tour, you could burn off up to 118,000 calories. That's the equivalent of 26 Mars bars per day!

Basically, it's a huge bike race that takes place every summer. It goes right around France. Millions of people line the route that's made up of 21 stages raced over 23 days - that means they only have two days off to rest. Ouch! Twenty-two teams from right across the world are involved in the Tour, with each having up to nine riders. The riders average around 25 mph over the entire course but at some points they'll go a lot faster than that.

The race is broken up into 21 different parts or 'stages' and it isn't just flat roads. The Tour takes the riders up into the mountains too. The different stages have different names: Prologue: Each rider races against the clock in a short (usually under six miles) time trial; Flat: Despite the name, it doesn't necessarily mean it's perfectly flat. Usually it's big packs of competitors riding together in a big group or 'peloton' for around 125 miles. These end in one of two ways - a 'breakaway' victory by an individual or small group, or typically with a hair-raising bunch sprint; Time trial: A race against the clock. Similar to a prologue but a little longer. These are shorter stages of around 30 miles (as opposed to 100-125 miles). Sometimes riders do it by themselves, sometimes they ride as a team; Mountain: These come in all shapes and sizes, climbing from sea level to 2,000 metres sometimes more than once in a day. Tough!

The race was started by Henri Desgrange as a publicity stunt back in 1903. He came up with the crazy idea of a bike race around France in order to raise the profile of L'Auto, the newspaper he worked for. The first race was a huge success with 60 riders covering an amazing 1,500 miles. The Tour is now like one big race with lots of smaller races going on inside it. Riders might race for each stage win or to earn the right to wear one of the famous jerseys...

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