8:00pm | February 27, 2014

Q&A with Bobby Stuckey, co-owner of Frasca Food & Wine

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With more awards than can fit on this page, we are thrilled to have Master Sommelier, Bobby Stuckey, as a VIP Team Leader at our inaugural Bottega Gran Fondo. Today, Stuckey is co-owner of Frasca Food & Wine. Frasca is the creation Stuckey and Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson. Their shared passion for Friuli-Venezia Giulian cuisine and fine wine is reflected in the exquisitely prepared fare and a comprehensive wine list boasting over 200 varieties.

You started out as a pro-cyclist. When and how did your passion for cycling start?
I raced triathlons in the mid 80s in Flagstaff, AZ. The group I trained with was all USCF Cyclists and that is how I got into it.

What kind of bike do you ride?
My road bike is a Pinarello, mountain bike is Independent Fabrication, and I ride to work on a 1995 Gilmour.

What is your craziest bike riding story?
My father once bet a guy he worked with (two days before we hiked the Grand Canyon) that I could ride from Phoenix to Flagstaff. So the next day I had to get up and ride 147 miles. My dad said he would meet me in the car with water and food. 100 miles in, he showed up.

What is your favorite bicycling route?
Riding to the mountain village of Lig, with Craig Lewis and Lachlan, which is on the Slovenian/Italian border.

You’re an avid endurance athlete. Tell us about a typical week, exercise-wise, for you?
Religiously try to run on Wednesday and Sunday with a group of marathon runners in Boulder. I go on a ride with Lachlan on Saturday, and then fill in the rest.

When you go on a long bike ride, what foods do you take with you to stay energized and fueled?
Scratch Labs is my hydration drink of choice.

How do you reconcile your passion for food and wine with being an athlete?
There is no reconciliation, I love them both.

You’re a master sommelier, can you tell us what your favorite wine is? The most treasured bottle in your cellar?
1985 Monfortino. Most treasured bottle is whatever one Danette wants me to pull up for dinner.

How did you meet Michael Chiarello?
He was the culinary partner of the company that owned Ajax Tavern, which was in the Little Nell. I got to meet him in 1995 when he came out to visit the property.

You used to live in Napa Valley, what do you miss most about being here?
The produce.

What about the Bottega Gran Fondo are you most looking forward to?
The whole weekend. Riding with a bunch of great people. Hoping George Hincapie will trade wine from me, for long pulls at the front for me.

What is your favorite wine and food indulgence?
Prosciutto Di San Daniele Riserva from Friuli and a glass of Tocai.

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