This past Sunday was a smorgasbord for sports fans throughout the world. In America the fun started at 8am EST with the 15th stage of Tour de France. In a grueling mountain stage in the Pyrenees of Andorra, Sepp Koos, a 26 year old American from Durango, Colorado, became the first American in 10 years to win a stage in the most prestigious bike race. Sadly, Americans have had little to cheer since the demise of Lance – remember Coors Light and US Postal teams?
Concurrent with the cycling stage was the men’s final at Wimbledon with Matteo Berrettini, (Italy) versus Novak Djokovic. The young Italian tennis player became the first Italian (man or woman) to appear in the Wimbledon finals. Unfortunately, Italy’s celebration had to wait when Djokovic, world #1 player, won in 4 sets.
But the best was yet to come with an evening football (Americans say soccer) match (8 pm London Wembley Stadium) to determine the winner of European Cup. After 120 minutes of regulation and overtime, the winner was determined on the last of 5 penalty kicks for each team. Italy prevailed over England winning their second European Cup and first since 1968.
However, for some of us, a happy ending to sports Sunday was shattered when our local Yankees blew 5 run lead in bottom of 9th inning and lost to their nemesis Houston Astros, score 8-7.
The Italians are still celebrating so I will toast the young American bike rider with two wines from America’s famous Napa Valley.
YOUNT MILL HOUSE Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Napa Valley, California $19
Winemaker notes “The nose is ripe with spicy plum, blackberry, blueberry and pipe tobacco. The generous palate is perfumed with creme de cassis and blackberry, while soft broad tannins support the well integrated oak spice and dusting of cocoa powder.”
PEJU Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Napa Valley, California $16
Winery notes “bright, lively and fresh with a pop of citrus flavors and hints of tropical fruit. Aromas of pineapple, passion fruit, grapefruit and lychee burst out of the glass. Notes of lemon curd, green apple and apricot linger on the palate with a fresh, clean finish and bracing minerality.”
Cheers, Bob the WineGuy
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