A duo of wines to take on your next picnic. Make sure to ride your bicycle to the picnic!

Cono Sur, Bicicleta, Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 2018 is pale yellow in the glass. The nose is filled with pleasing aromas of lemon-lime citrus, summer peaches, wild flowers and tangerines. The palate starts out with a blast of citrus that melts in crisp Granny Smith apple, pineapple, and peach and backed with minerals. The citrus notes bring in nice acidity that rounds out the palate and leaves your mouth ready for the next sip.

With the Bicicleta, Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Cono Sur salutes the bicycle that powers workers through the vineyards keeping Cono Sur’s carbon footprint to a minimum. The reduction in emissions and their organic and sustainable farming practices keep the grapes free of unnecessary airborne chemicals. Biking around the vineyards is also good for the health of the workers who enjoy working for a company recognized for treating their workers fairly.

Cono Sur, Bicicleta, Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc beckons for a picnic on a bluff overlooking a running stream. Hop on your bike, maybe a tandem with a friend and head to the park with a soft blanket, a bottle of Cono Sur, Bicicleta, Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, and some baby arugula, sea salt, extra virgin olive oil and some real Burrata from Puglia. Once the blanket is set and the well-chilled wine is poured it is time for the food. Plate the burrata on a bed of the baby arugula, sprinkle with sea salt and drizzle on olive oil as well. Some sweet sun ripened tomatoes would also be a great addition to this sharing plate.   Sop it all up with a crusty baguette. Enjoy with the Cono Sur, Bicicleta, Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, you may need two bottles. Oops, forgot your corkscrew? No need to worry the wine is bottled with a picnic friendly screw cap.

Cono Sur, Bicicleta, Limited Edition, Merlot, Chile, 2017 is dark ruby red with a fine purple corona. Intense aromas of ripe plums, seasonal blackberries and tart wild strawberries hit the nose first. Secondary aromas of fresh cut grass, dark cacao, minerals and toasted oak barrel mix with the fruit as the smells merge. The palate bursts with tart cherry, plum, wild strawberry and red raspberry.   The fruit is quickly restrained by a firm balance of minerals, dark chocolate and fine acidity to round out the palate nicely.

Cono Sur, Bicicleta, Limited Edition, Merlot would be great for red meat. A great treat would be to hop on your bicycle and head out into an open field on a warm, but not too hot day. Lay out a blanket and a picnic lunch with someone special. Unpack your bottle of Cono Sur, Bicicleta, Limited Edition, Merlot and pour into glasses to open up a little. Mix a salad of fresh greens, dress with a light vinaigrette and fresh berries and a bit of crumbled goat cheese and enjoy the picnic. Sipping the wine while enjoying the day is one of life’s pleasures. Cycling to the spot for your picnic will remind you of the Cono Sur vineyard workers riding around the vines. All the time keeping your carbon footprint low and don’t forget to bring the bottle home to recycle after your alfresco lunch.

 

The bicycle on the label and the name of the wine is a symbol that Cono Sur displays proudly on the label. Cono Sur is organic as well as carbon neutral. Workers travel through the vineyards on bikes to be efficient and help them achieve their “Clean Product Achievement” Certificate. Cono Sur also holds a For Life certification that means all workers work in a clean and safe working environment. Cono Sur was founded in 1993 and switched their vineyard practices in 1998 to be organic and sustainable. Every year since they continue to improve their stewardship of the land and dedication to their workers to create the finest wines while protecting the earth.

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