Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Cycles Gladiator - the PD's Wine Buy of the Week

Some of us here at CC have been known to enjoy an occasional beer or two, but we don't discriminate. I was amused by the Plain Dealer's Wine Buy of the Week, from today's edition:

By Donald Rosenberg:

The bottle: Cycles Gladiator 2006 Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon.

Price: $9.99

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Where it's from: California's Monterey County, where Hahn Estates Winery makes moderately priced Cycles Gladiator, named after the Parisian bicycle company, and more expensive bottligns of chardonnay, riesling, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, syrah and merlot.

Where we found it: The wine is available in many stores, including World Market in Mayfield Heights.

Tasting notes: Dark red with scents of warm, ripe berries and hints of green olives and chocolate. The wine has a fine balance of generous, easy red fruit, pepper and wood. It's a cab with personality - and an exceptional value.

Pairings: Beef, chicken, pasta dishes, savory appetizers and tangy cheeses.


  1. Okay, why can't it be a naked male cyclist on the label?? Discrimination, I say!! ;) (I volunteer Lance Armstrong as the inspiration for the new label featuring a naked male cyclist...)

    That's cool, though. I like to fancy myself a wine afficianado, so maybe I should go look for this one for an interesting post-ride treat.

  2. Remember, it's what the French bicycle company chose for their logo, not the wine-makers. We better not get started on the French, though...

    I would offer myself up as inspiration/model, but that might be inappropriate...

  3. Women are always slighted. There's not enough naked guys in our marketing... Just think what it could do for bike sales... Maybe you guys need to get some male models to pose in front of the bikes. No lycra required! You have an opportunity to break into the female market. You should run this idea by Scott. ;)

  4. Well, I hear ya, but I doubt we'll be using any naked models, women or men, any time soon. A couple of years ago we caught flak just for using the word "nipple."

  5. Was Janet Jackson visiting CC? ;)

  6. The travesty! I will take my business ELSEWHERE. My virgin ears/eyes cannot stand such a sound/sight.