Is it just me, or is it incredibly difficult to get off the couch to be active now that we’re finally experiencing a real taste of winter?
Every week I schedule short runs or other outdoor activities and then easily come up with flimsy excuses to dismiss the reminders that regularly pop up on my smartphone or laptop.
While I want to get a jump on that summer beach bod, I really just want to stay home and drink wine.
The struggle for me has been a constant reality. That is until I discovered wine races.
Wine races aren’t just for the casual walkers, mind you.
These types of races do actually involve running, but promise that wine will be waiting at the finish line.
Now, finally, there is a wine race that is suitable for the person who would rather be drinking wine, but who also wants to be active and feel somewhat healthy.
At first glance, I was immediately hooked by the super late start time of 5 p.m., but was fully sold on the idea when I read that there would be wine tasting along the running route.
Participants can either walk a 1K and wine taste as they go, run a 5K with a glass of wine handed to them at the finish line, or do both.
Gainey staff will be pouring their Estate Wine labels of sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir and merlot.
While the heavier chardonnay and merlot are great for strolling through a 1K wine-tasting, my recommendation would be grabbing a swig of sauvignon blanc or pinot noir as soon as you cross the finish line where the staff will be waiting with small, pre-poured glasses of wine.
The sauvignon blanc has a well-balanced, gentle palate of tropical fruit and a hint of peach on the nose, while the light-bodied pinot noir has a slight floral bouquet and sweet bing cherry flavor.
Can’t decide which one to have first? Don’t worry; you’ll have time to mull it over during the 5K run.
I’ll see you at the finish line.
Racers can sign up for the race by clicking here.
— Tara Jones leads Eat This, Shoot That! and welcomes reader tips and ideas for future columns. She can be reached at [email protected]. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are her own.