The Tour de France 2021: in drinks

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The Tour de France 2021 is currently on and travels through a number of different French regions. To complement it, we asked French wine and spirits importers which drinks they recommend that come from one of the regions crossed in the Tour de France 2021. Find their answers below.

Tour de France 2021 in drinks

Airoldi Fine Wines

Daniel Airoldi from Airoldi Fine Wines shares his wine recommendation for the Tour de France 2021

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Which wine do you recommend from one of the regions crossed by the Tour de France 2021 and why?

As I am from the region, I recommend a St-Emilion Grand Cru, the Château La Fleur Penin 2018 which is a delicious wine and the cyclists will pass right by it!


What would you serve with this wine?

What else but a good leg of duck confit with small Sarladaise potatoes!


Cerbaco & Spirits of France

Emmanuel Condé shares his drinks recommendations for the Tour de France 2021.


Which spirit or liqueur do you recommend from one of the regions crossed by the Tour de France 2021 and why?


The Apéritifs Dolin de Savoie, made in Chambéry, just West of Tignes, are perfect for the rest day scheduled for 5 July!


They are original, to be drunk chilled on ice or with soda. These aperitifs are perfect for an afternoon with friends!


For the stage around Muret, in the South-West, don’t miss the incredible Armagnac Darroze! The Grands Assemblages in particular are perfect discoveries for those who do not yet know Armagnac. For connoisseurs, the 20, 30 and even 60 year olds are rare gems, perfect for long evenings in front of “Le Tour”! Maybe even with a square of Valrhona dark chocolate.



Le Plonque

Margot from Le Plonque shares her wine recommendations inspired by the Tour de France 2021


If the Tour de France were a tour of vineyards with the Plonque it would be:


Le Plonque champagne Tour de France 2021Champagne: Remy Massin Brut Rosé

A dry and fruity Champagne, perfect for an apéro or a dessert or simply to celebrate a happy event!


Loire : Domaine de Clayou Cabernet Franc

A red which is easy to drink and which can be can be enjoyed slightly chilled in hot weather. It goes so well with a cheese board.


Bourgogne: Domaine Frédéric Magnien Coeur de Pierre

A qualitative and delicious Chardonnay, we love its vanilla and butter notes that remind us of fresh croissants from the bakery.


Vallée du Rhône: Terre de Sy 2015 

A 100% Syrah with aromas of red fruit and chocolate, long on the palate and reminiscent of the South.


Languedoc: Domaine de St Benezet Viognier Sensation

A rich white with intense fruit and floral aromas reminiscent of the south of France.


Tour de France 2021Bordeaux: Château Sansonnet 2014

As the Tour de France passes through Saint Emilion, we had to recommend this wine. A great vintage, a jewel, a delight from the Bordeaux region.


Mind Spirits & Co

Mikael Gillard shares his drinks recommendations for the Tour de France 2021.


Tour de France 2021 - pastisA little complex Pastis for the Tour de France…

Already in Roman times, people drank aniseed wine mixed with plants. At the end of the 19th century, absinthe, a popular aniseed drink, became the number one drink in France. But the First World War sounded the death knell for this emblematic aperitif, and banned any alcohol over 16 degrees.


However, the habit of aniseed-flavoured drinks, mixed with water, persisted. In 1920, the French government authorised aniseed-flavoured drinks up to 30 degrees of alcohol. The first pastis officially appeared in 1932 and it was during this post-war period, with the arrival of paid holidays, that this aniseed-flavoured drink took on the connotation of “holiday drinks” and became the favourite aperitif of the French.


Single Vineyards

Annie Gasparre from Single Vineyards shares her wine recommendation for the Tour de France.


Which wine do you recommend from one of the regions the Tour de France 2021 goes through and why?

The rosé bio La Résistance 2019 is a beautiful light pink, with delicate aromas of soft summer fruits. Full flavoured, refreshing on the palate with a lingering finish of ripe raspberries. Delicious as an aperitif. Perfect accompaniment to starters, salads and barbecues.


What would you serve with this wine? 

Asparagus, prosciutto and creamy brie.

What’s your favourite stage of the Tour de France? Which drink would you choose?


If you like French wine, you might like these articles:

International Rosé Day 2021: 11 things you may not know about rosé

#DrinkChenin Day 2021: all about chenin and which to drink

International Chardonnay Day 2021: the grape, the wines and which ones to drink

International Cabernet Franc Day is today!

It’s International Cabernet Sauvignon Day today!

Marselan: A French grape you’re more likely to find in China than in France


If you prefer spirits and liqueurs:

World Gin Day: it’s more French than you might think

Cognac Day 2021: which cognacs to drink?

Chartreuse Day – only 2 monks know the recipe! 



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Tour de France 2021

3 French (and francophone) authors appearing at Sydney Writers’ Festival this week

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There are 2 French and a francophone authors coming to Australia to talk at Sydney Writers Festival.


Sydney Writers’ Festival runs from 29 April to 5 May and includes about 150 events, some paid and some free.


Casey Legler

Casey Legler

Casey Ledger: Godspeed

Saturday, May 4, 2019 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM $35 ($25 concession)

Casey Legler is an artist, restaurateur, model, and a former Olympic swimmer. Born in France to expatriate American parents, Casey grew up in Provence, and went on to swim for France in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The first woman signed to Ford Models to exclusively model men’s clothes, Casey has been featured in Vogue, Le Monde, and Time. The New York Times called their memoir, Godspeed, “Raw and poetic… lean and ferocious.”


Godspeed is the unflinching memoir of athleticism, addiction and survival. It has been described as “raw and poetic… lean and ferocious” by The New York Times. It charts the mismatch between Casey’s public rise and coming of age under extreme circumstances, and their private unravelling through addiction. Casey shares their compelling story of resilience and defiance with Sally Rugg.


Casey Legler also appears in:

Gay for Page

Friday, May 3, 2019 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM $20 ($15 concession)

Sally Rugg greets some of the Festival’s favourites for a celebration of queer literature. Join Alexander Chee, Andrew Sean Greer, Casey Legler, Jordy Rosenberg, Holly Throsby, Niviaq Korneliussen and Bryan Washington as they pick from the canon of queer texts, choosing both out and proud and more ambiguous, between-the-lines stories.


In a discussion about texts from The Price of Salt to Harry Potter, the guests reveal their literary crushes, their heroes and the authors who illuminated their paths towards writing.


Adélaïde Bon

Adélaïde Bon

Adélaïde Bon is a French writer and actor. She is a graduate of the École supérieure d’art dramatique désigne in Paris, and has acted in state theatres and for television, and devised and performed in numerous shows.

In parallel, she completed five years of training on issues of gender equality under the auspices of a feminist company partnered with the European Association Against Violence Against Women and the Mémoire Traumatique association, led by Dr Muriel Salmona.

She has over ten years’ experience facilitating writing and empowerment workshops for people in situations of hardship. She lives in Paris, and The Little Girl on the Ice Floe is her first book.



Adélaïde Bon: A Witch in Time

Thursday, May 2, 2019 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM FREE

Adélaïde Bon explores a topic that has long fascinated her: the history of witches. Beginning with the witch-hunts of the Renaissance, she considers how depictions of witches have evolved, examining nasty archetypes portrayed by writers like Roald Dahl, and their counterparts as imagined by the likes of Babette Cole. Adélaïde explains how witches have empowered her and how writing itself is like brewing potions with words.


Adélaïde Bon: The Little Girl on the Ice Floe

Friday, May 3, 2019 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM $25 ($20 concession)

The Little Girl on the Ice Floe is Adélaïde Bon’s poised and powerful personal account of the devastating consequences of childhood rape.

The Paris-based writer and actor, who recently featured in ABC’s Foreign Correspondent report on #MeToo in France, examines the aftermath of her attack at the age of nine and how, 25 years later, she confronted the stranger who destroyed her life.


Adélaïde speaks to ABC’s Annabel Crabb about channeling this devastating experience into a bestselling book.



Future D Fidel: Prize Fighter

Future D. Fidel

Friday, May 3, 2019 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM $20 ($15 concession)

Fleeing the Congo as an orphan, Future D. Fidel spent years in a Tanzanian refugee camp before finding freedom in Australia.

Prize Fighter draws on this past to tell the fictional story of a Congolese child soldier forced to fight for the forces that massacred his family before escaping to Australia, where he becomes a talented boxer.

In conversation with Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Future discusses his hope-filled debut novel – based on his critically acclaimed play – that packs an emotional punch.

*You may remember reading about Future D Fidel and his play Prize Fighter  as we wrote about it in our Melbourne Festival and Perth Festival articles.


Have you read any of the works by these authors? Who is your favourite French author? Are you attending any Sydney Writers’ Festival events?



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