Olympic Wines

27 Jul

What better reason to celebrate with some wine than the Olympics? Will Lyons for the Wall Street Journal reports this years London games have their very own wines.

From the article: “According to British wine merchant Bibendum, which was tasked by the International Olympic Committee with creating a bespoke Olympic wine, the brief was to produce three wines that ‘complemented the Olympic ideals, offered consumers something new and interesting, while being low enough in alcohol to promote responsible drinking.’”

I’d personally like to know how a wine can compliment the Olympic ideals. Anyhow, the three wines are a Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch in South Africa; a rose blend with Pinotage, Shiraz and Merlot from South Africa; and a red blend of Shiraz, Tempranillo and Gamay from Brazil. My first question was, “Why no wines made in Britain?”

From the article: “…Bibendum points out that the three wines needed to come from the same vintage as the games, which rules out any estate in the northern hemisphere.”

Well that solves that. I wonder how hard it’d be to get a bottle of one of these in America.

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