“Le Pour De France”: Squashed Flies on Your Helmet

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Bonjour. To coincide with “Le Tour de France”, we ‘re recording several podcasts entitled, rather cleverly, “Le Pour de France”. #wordplay.

Over the next few weeks, as the peloton pedal around France, we shall be selflessly sipping the best Gallic giggle-juice from each of the regional stages – wine, spirits, beer and leftfield liqueurs.

There’ll be some searing cycling insight, drinking did-you-knows and, as ever, some French-related funnies.

Even if Le Tour is cancelled due to pesky Covid, we’re going to pretend otherwise and keep on drinking until we get to Le Champs d’Elysees. Heroes.

To celebrate this historic occasion, we’re giving lucky pod listeners the opportunity to win a brand new Watney’s Beer Retro Cycling Jersey originally worn by Franz “The Flying Milkman” Verbeek in the 1970s.

With Watneys Beer making an epic comeback, it’s the jersey that all the cool cycling cats are craving. Check it here: https://bit.ly/2YJsLpR

For a chance to win this amazing prize, simply promote the podcast with a link (https://podfollow.com/1506478589/links) on your social media and tag in the Thinking Drinkers. Winners will be announced at the end of the Tour.

In the first episode, we taste the following delicacies from Nice and its environs:

Chateau la Mascaronne from Berry Bros & Rodd. https://www.bbr.com/products-20198004240-2019-berry-bros-and-rudd-provence-rose-by-chateau-la-mascaronne

Picon Amer Black Label https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/p/16577/picon-amer-black-label

Comte de Grasse Gin https://www.masterofmalt.com/gin/comte-de-grasse/comte-de-grasse-44-n-gin/

Nice Biscuits: https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/gol-ui/product/biscuit-barrel/sainsburys-nice-biscuit-250g

Garibaldi Biscuits: https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/gol-ui/Product/sainsburys-garibaldi-biscuits-200g

Isadora Duncan Syndrome http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,903596,00.html

We begin our “Pour de France” pods by looking back at the first 3 stages through Provencal rosé-coloured spectacles; including the olive oil-soaked Grand Depart which was wetter than Rod Hull’s roof. There’s talk of Pinot, pile-ups and Picon, biscuits, bikes and botty wipes, , weapons of Grasse distinction, dead dancers, and salads with no ‘jackets’ required.

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