This post is a nod to one of the other passions of David – our Monday scribe. Every year during the last weekend of August several thousand motorcyclists gather in Aviemore up in the Scottish Highlands for Thunder in the Glens. Many of them riding Harley Davidsons with the event hosted by Edinburgh’s Dunedin Chapter of Harley Davidson owners.
For those brought up on Hunter Thompson’s Hells Angels – Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs you might think that the locals would batten down the hatches, hide in their houses and even pull out drawbridges if they live in baronial halls!
This is, however, far from the case as the Harleys and their riders are made very welcome and it has become a major festival. Many of the riders are now grey-haired grandparents and into their 60s.
Wine choices for Harley riders?
Although not anything like as wild as Thompson’s Hells’ Angels I would still associate Harley and other powerful motorbike riders as amateurs of robust wines, especially as the weather in Scotland over the weekend wasn’t particularly warm. Recommendations have to include Barossa Shiraz, Toro reds, Priorat, Rasteau and powerful Californian Zinfandel – not forgetting Portuguese reds from the Alentejo and Douro.