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Snooth User: Lucha Vino

Starting a Wine Blog

Posted by Lucha Vino, Feb 13, 2011.

Not like it is an original idea, but I am thinking about starting a wine blog.  I have been really interested in comparing wines from different regions by matching my wine selections to the pro cycling tour as it navigates the globe.

The premise for my blog will be a weekly comparison of wines from Washington State to wines from regions around the world (more or less) based on current pro cycling locations.  Of course, just like the governing bodies for pro cycling, I reserve the right to be capricious in selecting the wine "challengers."

I am interested to hear what you think of the idea and what you like to see in a wine blog.

Here is a link to the start of my potential adventure Lucha Vino.



Reply by Stephen Harvey, Feb 14, 2011.

Hey Vello

Have you done backward comparisons to the Aussie leg


Reply by dmcker, Feb 14, 2011.

Or Spanish before that?

Seems like an interesting idea. Generally it's easy to say we need more blogs like holes in the head, but your focus seems tight, and although not universal in appeal still guaranteed of a core potential readership.

Reply by Lucha Vino, Feb 14, 2011.

Stephen - No backwards comparisons of Tour down Under wines to WA wines, yet.  I was just thinking about that tonight and wondering what type of comparison would work.

Washington Syrah is really very different than Shiraz.  Contrasting the two styles would be interesting.  I would also like to do a Cab comparison between the two regions.

D - Ditto for the Spanish comparison.  I know of wineries that do Tempranillo in Washington, but the other Spanish styles based around Grenache might be a challenge.

Trying to find good comparison wines should make this an interesting venture.

Thanks for your thoughts.


Reply by Stephen Harvey, Feb 14, 2011.


Why not try a Barossa Shiraz, McLaren Vale Shiraz and Adelaide Hills SHiraz against WA Syrah - what price point do you want to compare to

Cabernet - problem is Tour does not go to Coonawarra which is by far best region.  Probably recommend to do McLaren Vale as it produces the better Cab of the Tour regions

What about whites?


Reply by Stephen Harvey, Feb 14, 2011.

I have joined

Reply by Lucha Vino, Feb 15, 2011.

Stephen - Thanks for the suggestions and joining the blog.

Since I am in charge, I can choose to be "capricious" in how I follow my rules.  I think doing a cab comparison to something from the Coonawarra region is an excellent idea.

How about going for something in the 20 - 25 dollar range.  Should I select some items from the list on your California thread?

Doing the Australian comparisons will keep me happily occupied until the Paris-Nice race that begins in early March.

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Feb 15, 2011.


In that range, try a Bowen Estate or Wynns Black Label, they might hit USD30 but depends on discount etc - they retail here for around 25

Exchange rate is making us more expensive in your world.

Doesn't WA do riesling, plenty here to choose from.

I still think the Shiraz/Syrah would work and be interesting

But your call

Reply by Lucha Vino, Feb 15, 2011.

Yes on both.  WA does Riesling so that would make for an interesting match up.

And I definitely want to do the Shiraz/Syrah.  What do you recommend from the three regions you mentioned in your post?

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Feb 16, 2011.


Riesling -

Eden Valley - 10 Pewsey Vale

Clare - 10 Petaluma


Barossa - 08 Schild Estate, 08 BVE E Bass [should be in the 15-25 range]

McLaren Vale - 08 D'Arenburg Footbolt, 08 Coriole [should be in the 15-25 range]

Adelaide Hills - 08 Shaw and Smith, 08 Nepenthe Gate Block [Adelaide Hills always a bit more expensive due to cool climate - 30-40 range

These should all be available in US based on my knowledge of the wines

Reply by Lucha Vino, Feb 18, 2011.

Thanks for the list Stephen.  I have my local wine shop working on sourcing some of the selections.

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Feb 18, 2011.


Can you give some WA examples of each variety I will start the chaisng at my end

Reply by Kenner, Feb 19, 2011.


If YOU want to write a blog about YOUR tasting, then do it. Half the fun is dicovering wine on your own, seeing what connections you can make.  If the others want to suggest wine and comparisons, let them write their own blog! If you don't think you are knowlegeable enough, don't do it, or use it as your own method of growth.  Just be yourself when you write. There are plenty of experts, but everyone is entitled to their own tastes and opinions. Look online and you can see some of mine. But, then again, I could be wrong.

Bernard Kenner


Reply by Lucha Vino, Feb 20, 2011.

Stephen - Here are three Washington Rieslings that were recently recommended at WA Wine Report.

Kiona Wine Reserve Dry Riesling Red Mountain 2010 $15

Pacific Rim Dry Riesling Columbia Valley 2007 $10

Milbrandt Traditions Riesling 2008 Columbia Valley $13

Here are a few Cabs from WA that I have in my cellar.  I am assuming these would be more available in Australia since they are from larger wineries.

Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvigon H3 2008

Ch. Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Indian Wells 2008

Ch. Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2007

Canoe Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2007

Bernard - Thanks for your comments.  I will check out your blog.  My goals for the blog are humble.  I enjoy doing comparisons of varietals from different regions to learn about wine from around the world.  My thought is to compare Washington state wines to other regions in a wrestling match format.  I posted my "rules" a couple of days ago.  This is definitely intended to be a fun, slightly irreverent approach to writing about wine.


Reply by Kenner, Feb 21, 2011.

Vello,  Sorry that I didn't fully get the focus of your proposal at first look. I gather you also cycle, and that's why you want to use the tour events as a guide to tasting against Wash. wines, where you reside. Nice idea. And a great way to force exposure to varied growths.

You will find that many factors determine how a wine turns out, not just the varietal. The French, as you probably know, use the idea of terroir (or climat in Burgandy), but I think more has to do with the vinyard management and winemaker. It's a very complex situation. Even two cooks, using the same ingredients will have the same dish turm out a bit differntly. One of the best discussions I've seen recently is at

James is a wine educator, and the piece on terroir is a bit long but a worthwhile read. He covers most of the bases, and I couldn't have done a better job myself.

Enjoy the project. One last thought, however. If you include Oregon, you will get a broader range of grape varietals. And after all, Walla Walla viticultural zone extends in to Oregon anyway.



Reply by Kenner, Feb 22, 2014.

I've not been looking at Snooth for a long time (years) and am glad to see that you have followed through on your passion, doing it yourself, and giving your all, it seems.  Congrats!!

The thing about wine is that it never grows regions to explore, new vintages and producers.

And if my comments from 3 years ago helped get you going, it would give me a warm glow inside.

Reply by dvogler, Feb 22, 2014.

Hey Lucha,

As a (mostly former) bike racer and a Snoother, I should join on principal.  I am curious to see how it works...but although I love wine and cycling, I've never mixed the two.  Maybe when I come to Enumclaw we can meet for a glass or two.  Actually, last year the night before I won the Masters road race, I drank a bottle of Beringer Knights Valley Meritage!


Reply by jescobio, Feb 23, 2014.

I like the contrasting idea.  Original for a blog.  Ill be checking it out.  

Also, I would love to see a Washington Syrah vs. a Aussie Shiraz.  Mostly just curious about it.  

Reply by dvogler, Feb 23, 2014.

Tour of California would be a good one!

Reply by Lucha Vino, Feb 24, 2014.

Hey everybody,

My writing has been a bit slow the past six months since I have been completing an Executive Leadership Masters program at Seattle U.

I will be picking things up again in March, which is great timing on the pro cycling calendar. 

Jescobio - You should be able to search my blog and find several matchups between Washington Syrah and Aussie Shiraz.

DV - That would be an even better pre-race ritual if it was a Washington wine!  The Tour of California is good for Washington Cab v. California Cab.  I have a couple of wines from the Monterey area and will plan to feature one of them when the ToC happens this year.


Reply by TomGreen, Feb 24, 2014.

Good luck man, not original but still good idea. hope you will have a great blog

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