The first doping scandal came even before the race started. The two Bardiani riders Nicola Ruffoni and Stefano Pirazzi tested positive out of competition 25. and 26. april. After all it is good that they are caught. Due to the history of dping i cycling, I think cycling now is one of the cleaner sports.
It would have given high odds if anyone had betted on Lukas Pöstlberger as winner of the first stage. At least to me, he was comletely unknown. But when opportunity knocks, you have to go for it, like he did. Many riders were caught behind a crash just before the 3 km mark, and lost time. It was a reminder that it is very difficult to win time on a stage like this, except for the bonus seconds. But one can still loose a lot of time.
We are still on Sardinia. We start where the first stage ended. There are a few moderate climbs. But the last 50 km are mainly downhill and flat. It is not likely that anyone will get a sufficient lead to stay away from the sprinters before the finish.
As already said, we start where yesterday’s stage ended, meaning that we are in Vermentino di Gallura DOCG. This is the only DOCG classified area at Sardinia. I think I will be repeating many times during the giro the typical Italian wine designation: [grape] + [district]. Vermentino di Gallura is a wine made from Vermentino grapes in Gallura-
Vermentino is a grape grown many places in Italy, but also in other countries around the Mediterranian sea. It will usaully give a light bodied wine with aromas of exotic fruits and citrus.
I should have mentioned this yesterday. The wine Tuvaoes from the producer Giovanni Cherchi in Usini,is known as one of the better Vermentino wines. But as there were other intersting wines along yesterday’s stage, I postponed the Vermentino wines or today. For today’s stage, Vermentino di Gallura DOCG is the only wine.
Two producers that are often mentioned as good producers of Vermentino di Gallura DOCG are Capichera and the cooperative Cantina Gallura., in particular their wine Vermentino Superiore di Gallura Canayli.
Italian Wines 2016
Italian Wines is published yearly by Gambero Rosso. This is a detailed guide to Italian Wines. 22 000 wines from 2 400 producers are listed in the book. If you want to fine the best wines from the various regions of Italy, this is your guide. This is a type of book I usually use when I am visiting producers, to find the producers to visit.
The book is available in a paper edition and a Kindle edition. One year, I bought the Kindle edition. But for this kind of book, I prefer the paper version. It is available from Amazon UK on paper and for Kindle. And from Amazon US in paperback and as Kindle edition.
Native Wine Grapes of Italy
If you are or want to become an Italian wine nerd, you can add this book to your library. Italy has many native grapes, many more than the 375 that are discussed in this book. There are many unclassified grapes that cannot be used in classified wines.
This book is available in hardcover and Kindle edition, and to my surprise: Last time I checked, the Kindle verison was mor expensive than the hardcover version. For a book like this, I prefer a paper version.
Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d'Italia 2017
- Stage 1: Alghero -- Olbia
- Stage 2: Olbia -- Tortolì
- Stage 3: Tortolì -- Cagliari
- Stage 4: Cefalù -- Etna
- Stage 5: Pedara -- Messina
- Stage 6: Reggio Calabria -- Terme Luigiane
- Stage 7: Castrovillari -- Alberobello (Valle d'Itria)
- Stage 8: Molfetta — Peschici
- Stage 9: Montenero di Bisaccia — Blockhaus
- Stage 10: Foligno -- Montefalco
- Stage 11: Firenze (Ponte A Ema) — Bagno de Romagna
- Stage 12: Forlì — Reggio Emilio
- Stage 13: Reggio Emilia — Tortona
- Stage 14: Castellania — Oropa (Biella)
- Stage 15: Valdengo — Bergamo
- Stage 16: Rovetta — Bormio
- Stage 17: Tirano — Canazei (Val di Fassa)
- Stage 18: Moena (Val di Fassa) — Oristei/St. Ulrich (Val Gardena)
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