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Pedal Power

I thought I'd better record some of the wheels within wheels currently hurtling around the Bubble Brothers velodrome before they lose their momentum, or the spokes get spannered.

Fearghal and Simon, the Revolution Cycle team, are well on their way to becoming the first Irish circumnavigators of the globe by bicycle.  They have confidently added a countdown timer to their website, showing about seven weeks to go before they arrive back where they started in Greystones, County Wicklow.

The success of another bicycle-powered enterprise is also heading for the spotlight.  We have been very pleased to add the Californian wines of Cycles Gladiator to our list, and recent criticism bemoaning the lack of interesting Californian wine at  mid-price has had to make an exception for these handsome bottles (prohibited from sale in Alabama because of the nymph on the label).  The wines are a very welcome addition to our range, offering full-blooded flavours persuasively construed by winemaker Paul Clifton, and all represent fifteen euro well spent.  I'll be interested to see how the latest version of the label looks across the full range.  I've grown fond of the all-blue version, so have mixed feelings about the spring-cleaned version that'll succeed it:

Cycles Gladiator Pinot Grigio 2009

What do you think yourself?

The president of Hahn Family Wines and the creator of the Cycles Gladiator brand, Bill Leigon, is coming to London next week on a visit to his English importers, Patriarche, and I've been invited to go and interview him.

You'll have to see for yourselves what comes of that.  I'm intending to enjoy the trip.

If I were of a competitive disposition, though, I'd probably be on my bike and heading for the hills.  The bar has been raised rather abruptly (ouch) on the bicycle of Irish wine-on-the-web just lately.  The sorts of wine merchants and critics you should be listening to have been interviewing and researching and socializing like there's no tomorrow, except that tomorrow's been in their minds all the time: rather than sleep, they're up all night editing and refining their words and pictures into spring-fresh video clips and articles and disseminating them to every web-publishing house you can think of.  Whether all that hamster-wheeling is transformed into efficient peddle power, it's still hard to tell.  But a small revolution is gearing up in the way wine works here, and no mistake.

3 thoughts on “Pedal Power”

  • Philip Woodrow

    Great post. I'm so very intrigued with your friends and their trek around the world via bicycle. (I'm currently lamenting my 50 mile trek coming up in July...

    We'd also be very interested to hear any feedback you receive on the new Cycles label.

    Enjoy your time with Bill!


  • Elaine From Cookware Help

    I've just spend god knows how long looking at your friends website. What an amazing trek. Anyway, enjoy the interview next week

  • Julian

    Thanks Philip - the revolution cyclists are certainly on an amazing adventure. Home is bound to seem strange after eighteen months away, always moving on. The trip raises lots of deepish questions.

    I've a solid track record of being proved wrong in my assumptions about labels, so I look forward to arranging a little poll and letting you know what people over here think about the new design.

    The interview should be fun. As long as we raise the profile a bit and I don't say anything too crass, I think it'll be a job well done!

    Hello Elaine! It's easy to get drawn in to the Revolution Cycle blog, isn't it? I'm glad, and Simon and Fearghal will be too, to know you enjoyed it. Thanks for your good wishes for the interview. I'll be back to your site in future - it's so hard to find clear, comprehensive advice on kitchen stuff.

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